I’ve been a bit quiet of late. Besides Legacy keeping my very busy I am also working on two complex DNA cases. Both are non paternity events (NPEs) requiring a lot of my time and brain power. These are client cases so I am starting completely from scratch. One is based in West Virginia and the other is based in California, two places where I haven’t done much research before. This isn’t a bad thing though. Learning what records these two states and their counties have has been interesting and I will be tucking all of the information away so that I can use it again.
My new toy is Trello. I had played around with it a bit but until I watched Your Whiteboard in the Cloud: Trello for Genealogists by Lisa Alzo I didn’t understand how useful it could be. Now that I am using it, I love it. There is also a Trello for Genealogy and Family History Facebook Group that you join.
I have four boards:
- Ancestoring — My business stuff, the blog, lecture/workshop dates, articles that I am writing, client projects
- Genealogy — My personal genealogy
- Legacy — My job at Legacy
- Household — Yes, I actually have a life outside of genealogy
All of my boards are all set up the same way:
- To Do
- In Progress
For now I am keeping it as simple as possible but I will probably end up expanding it a bit in the future. When I start up Google Chrome in the morning four pages automatically load. Trello is one of them. It is always in the background so that I can switch to it quickly. You can even have collaborative boards with other researchers. I haven’t done this yet but this would be great for brick wall research. I need all the help I can get with staying organized.