To Re-cap This Whole Organizational Stuff:
We've already talked about [O.K. I've talked about] what to do with all the stuff you find out about your family's history and how to organize it ~ both IRL [In Real Life] and in your fantasy world [Oops. I meant on the computer.]
What's next? How to be organized while you're looking for the information that you so desperately want about your family. I mean, it won't be any fun gossiping about Great-Aunt Bernice and her poor choices if when you go to look through that incredibly long list of bookmarks, you can't find the link for the website that had that incredible story [With sources. Hey, if you're gonna dream, dream big.] about how Great-Aunt Bernice took off one day with a..." [I thought I'd let you fill in the blank.]
You might think, "Caroline, I would never do that. I mean, I only have maybe 10 - okay 15 - bookmarks. I could never have so many that I wouldn't be able to find that awesome story about my Great-Aunt Bernice."
[Big sigh.] Yeah. That's what I thought, too. Pre-G [Pre-Genealogy]. But it will happen. Remember how I said these ancestors will multiply like rabbits? Well, each one comes with at least 2 stories. They were born. Then they died. [Hey, I didn't say they were all going to be exciting.] And think for a moment about how many people live in your house. I'm not very good at math, but if every living person has at least 1 story and you multiply that by how many people live in your house with you, that could mean you have at least 1 story if you live alone [Not counting your cats.], or if you have adult children that have permanently camped out in your basement because they are on the "hey-they-don't-have-to-pay-rent-you-cook-their-meals-iron-their-clothes-basically-do-everything-for-them" program [And where can I sign up for that?], then you're going to have a whole lot more stories. [See how I cleverly sidestepped that whole math business?]
Anywho. There's a TON of stuff online that can make your online search so much easier while looking for your rabbits' stories. [Oops. I mean ancestors' stories.] So, I've created a Resources List to help you with your research. Some are paid subscription services, but many more are absolutely FREE.
And? That's the end of the Getting Started Series, but it's the beginning of your research both online and offline. Or perhaps it's the continuation because maybe you'd already started. Either way, it's time for research.