Step 2b – Set Up Your File Folders

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Set up some simple file folders for your family history — you’ll be glad you did!  
This fellow chose yellow folders, but since it’s your family history you can choose
any color you want.  Now isn’t that exciting!

When you first start researching your family history, you might be able to keep everything straight in your mind — but, that won’t last for long.

When you start interviewing older relatives, doing research at the Family History Center, looking things up on the Internet, writing letters, sending emails, or even visiting libraries, archives and courthouses — you’ll quickly reach the point of information overload.  That’s why we recommend setting up some simple file folders for all your family history stuff.

Details --How To Do It

Gather Folders Sort Computer Binder

File Folder

There’s no right or wrong way, only whatever works best for you.  However, it’s usually easiest to keep everything about an individual family in a single file folder (so it’s not spread between numerous folders and binders).

Then, once you’ve got your file folders set up, start going through that big pile of family history stuff you’ve got on your table.  Sort it into each family’s folder.  Once that’s done, you’re ready for your next big step towards family history nirvana!

Note: you can keep your file folders in a rack, a file cabinet, a plastic tub, a cardboard box…or whatever you’d like.

File Folders

Follow the Simple Steps Above to...:
Set Up Your File Folders

Next Step

Step 2c.  Sort Your Stuff Into The File Folders


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