Getting Started

I have so much paper and so many digital documents! I need to sort everything and figure out who belongs to each document. I’ve tried to use logical file names, but I may re-visit that.

The next step is to enter each person, starting with me, into the database.

So that brings me to my next problem: I have Family Tree Maker and RootsMagic; neither one is the latest version. I had intended to start over with RootsMagic 6 (over two years ago!). I think I’ll stay with that plan and upgrade to RM7.

(NOTE: Legacy is also highly recommended, but I want to stay with what I’ve got.)

Documentation and source citation has always been my weak (as in very weak!) area. I need to look at some examples to make the concept click in my head. Then I think I will be fine.

As I go through this process, I’ll cross-reference my Ancestry trees and download any documents I have attached there.

I think this is why I’ve been procrastinating the past few years. I wanted to do it right from the start; I didn’t want to have to go back again to fix things. The result, though, is that nothing really got done.



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