Where do I begin?

@momiecat (997)
United States
December 10, 2008 3:51pm CST
I have been into genealogy off and on for a long time now but I cannot seem to connect all the dots. I have input my data (or parts of it) into different commercial genealogy programs but they are here and there and versions change, etc. so that I am still not really organized. I have tons of notes in notebooks, miscellaneous copies of newspaper stuff and photos but.... I don't know where to start to put it all together. It seems to be such a monumental task. Does anyone have any suggestions? I would kind of like to do a sort of formal book type thing but I am not sure how to go about incorporating all the different families together. Thanks for ideas.
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• United States
28 May 09
My 2nd cuz has her data assembled as a story of what she knows about say like one group of siblings. Then each sibling has their own story & tree of decendants in a seperate couple of pages & so forth. I'd have to look @ my MIL's family book as they published one in the 70's of accounts from relations of the origional "8" It's very neat.
@momiecat (997)
• United States
7 Jun 09
I appreciate your interesting post and ideas. It is always nice for someone to have done the work ahead of you and made your research easier. My mom has said that both my grandma and one of her sisters did research but I have yet to find anything in writing to account for this research. I know we had one family bible that got lost in a move. It was in the care of my mother's aunt, my grandmother's sister. As she got older and moved from one place to another, she said she got rid of it or gave it away, something like that. I always longed to find that bible and glean the family history that is in those precious pages. Would love to hear more about your 2nd cuz's book and how she went about putting it together.
• United States
8 Jun 09
Oh and I forgot to add my FIL's cousin had a several hundred page tree using the boring tree format you know like say Jane Doe b. d. - m. John Smith b. d. generation 1., generation 1a. ect I had to hightlight what she sent me in MS word and save it so I know where I left off!*LMAO*The 2nd cuz didn't write a book but had intentions on it. THat's one big drama there if you really want to hear about it. But she's had the time (she single), the money to do all the research, plus she has a...oh what do you call it a place where they keep alot of old census and other vital records but on a regional level for the US. The book was written by MIL's distant realtive in the 1970's. Her kentuck side started with 8 brothers and it follows each brother and some of the more known family members and their decendants to around the 1970's or perhaps earlier. It's been a few yrs since I've seen the book. I'd say start with the main family on each segment and build to current with as much as you know. I use Family Tree Ledgends and I"ve been trying to figure out how to convert it into a format that will show EVERYONE. I know about such mysteries but I've heard of people comming across family bibles and trying to find the rightful family. As in the olden days they recorded the births and deaths of folks in them. I have mystery on my end as well, I had gotten some property from my Aunt's estate (dad's side) and it has a few pieces with initals on it to someone who's either a Sr or Jr only problem is my "half" sisters won't give me any info on my dad (nonetheless anyone else) & play dumb and there's no one to ask on that side that's living that I know of other than them two. THEY REALLY TICK ME OFF!
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
10 Dec 08
I am in the same situation so I will be very interested in seeing what everybody else has to say about this!
@momiecat (997)
• United States
10 Dec 08
Looks like we have two things in common! I do hope someone who has "got it together" can respond and clue us in on the "secrets" to organizing. I know I have to start by getting everything in one place but that might take up the space of a whole room (ha, ha). We need help. Come on people, help us get organized!
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