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Monday, October 17, 2011

Family History Spreadsheets

To know me is to know my love of all things Excel. I can create a spreadsheet faster than you can say the word formula. I use Excel for everything at home and at work, and of course, in my family history research.

A color-coded spreadsheet is the easiest way for me to stay organized while I play genealogy. I keep one in the front of each surname folder to give me a hint where I left off help me track what I know and how I know it.

This spreadsheet provides a location for each family member at a given point in time, a list of sources I may want to check, and the places I need to record my newly-found data. It's my go-to checklist and I Excel at using it.

What's your favorite genealogy organizing tool?


Jenna said...

I like EXCEL but I actually use ACCESS more at work these days. I've used EXCEL on a couple of family history projects but rarely. My favorite tool these days is Evernote because it's so easy to cross reference and find the document you are looking for. I do like your spreadsheet though!

Laura Aanenson said...

Oooh, Evernote looks like LOTS of fun! I can already think of a million ways to use it. :o) Thanks for sharing your thoughts Jenna!

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