Friday, August 31, 2012

Filing Bookmarks

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So far we have talked about Paper Filing Systems and Computer Filing Systems. Today I will show you how I have my internet bookmarks set up. Someone asked about this on the Transitional Genealogists Forum and I thought it would make a good companion topic to the first two. It was fascinating to see all of the posts about bookmarking systems. Some of the methods were very complicated to my simple mind but very organized which I can certainly appreciate. I have a very simple method that works for me. With the exponential explosion of genealogical information on the internet, you need some way of organizing your internet bookmarks so that you can find what you are looking for quickly.

I have my bookmarks set up very much like my old locality files and how I have them set up in my Research Binder. I like using the same system across everything I have so that I don't have to think too much to find something. The system is very easy to expand and contract as needed.

Here are the main folders and then subfolders. This is just a small snippet of my bookmark folders to give you an idea.

GENEALOGY - US STATES/COUNTIES   [main folder]
AL - Choctaw   [subfolder]
AL - Pike
AL - Tuscaloosa
GA    [this is a folder for any statewide resource]
GA - Columbia
GA - Lincoln
GA - Richmond
LA - Caddo
LA - East Baton Rouge
MS - Forrest
MS - Lamar
MS - Perry
SC - Edgefield
TX - Tarrant

GENEALOGY - US GENERAL SITES
Federal Land Records
Military - Civil War
Military - Rev. War
Military - WWI

GENEALOGY - SURNAMES
Graham
Patton
Perry
Simmons

GENEALOGY - OTHER COUNTRIES
Germany
Poland
Prussia

So my main bookmark list looks like this and then I click to get to the alphabetized subfolders:
GENEALOGY - US STATES/COUNTIES
GENEALOGY - US GENERAL SITES
GENEALOGY - SURNAMES
GENEALOGY - OTHER COUNTRIES

Most of the time I have the folders and subfolders in alphabetical order but in some cases I will put something out of order because it makes more sense to me. I have the main folders in the order that I use most which isn't in alphabetical order. When I bookmark a page, I always change the title to something that makes sense to me.


Copyright © 2012 Michele Simmons Lewis

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