Organize the New Records
File your newly acquired records and extracts (see Organize Your Records). Keep the materials organized so that anyone can find them later. You may want to keep copies of important extracts and documents with your working papers (pedigree charts, family group records, and research logs) in a loose-leaf notebook.
Using a Computer for Genealogy
| You do not have to have a personal computer to keep genealogy records, but it helps! Computer note keeping offers an important advantage. After typing the information once, you can use it repeatedly in many different ways. The same information can be used in pedigrees, family group records and descendancy charts, and is easily shared for other people to use. This flexibility saves time. Reports and charts are easily updated without extensive retyping. A computer program can help you analyze some information by preparing special reports, such as possible errors (for example, children born before parents’ births). However, computers may be expensive and are not as portable as a pencil and paper.
Specially designed computer programs are available to help genealogists more easily compile—
When selecting computer programs to help with genealogical note keeping, consider these factors:
Two helpful reviews of dozens of genealogy programs are on the Internet at:
Personal Ancestral File (PAF) is a free genealogy and family history program. PAF allows you to quickly and easily collect, organize and share your family history and genealogy information. Download Free PAF
You might find the FamilySearch Learning Center tutorial, "Ancestors Season 1: High-Tech Help", helpful.