Back to the Basics

So my goal this year is to go “back to the basics” in doing Swisher research. So how do you do that?

First, you have to get organized. Not just once, but again, and again, and again. That’s what I have tried to do over the years, but just never got it done. Of course we all know to do that, but it is one of the hardest “new year’s resolution” to keep.

But I did it. Here is my genealogy organization “Master Plan.”


Second, you have to find what you already have. That has been a problem for a long time, but last year it became rather frustrating. I was spending a lot of valuable time trying to find items I knew I had but couldn’t put my hands on them.

Finally I am getting my genealogy “stuff” organized. Here is a photo of part of my Genealogy Bookshelf.

This portion of my bookshelf holds approximately 90+ books, or notebooks full of genealogy items. A few are reference books, but most are notebooks that I either inherited from my mother, or created myself based on my research. (Ignore the “Microsoft Notebook Title,” I use every old notebook I can find to save buying more, & half of the bottom shelf has not been recorded and added to my document file yet.) This does not include almost two file drawers full of material yet to recorded in my documents file



Here is another photo of my inherited, oldest albums that have not yet been documented/recorded.



I have many more albums in another closet, and boxes and boxes of photos etc. still to go through.

Just thought I would share this with all of you. It’s a start!!!