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Organizing Your Resources | Our Prairie Nest

In genealogical research, you will inevitably end up with a lot of links. I must admit I’m a bit of a link hoarder. With anything else in life, I like to keep it simple. Put everything in its place and if I have no use for it, out it goes.

Links are too easy to collect, though, especially genealogy links. Heck, I even save links for sites I don’t actually need, but could need in the future.

Fortunately, I went in and cleaned my favorites recently. Good thing, too, because plenty of those links were broken. It just goes to show that when you find a link that is potentially useful, you need to try to mine it for nuggets as quickly as possible.

I like to organize links for ease of finding what I want, so my favorites are broken down in a folder called “Genealogy” into subfolders:

Conferences

Societies

Canada

Connecticut

DNA

England

France

General

Ireland

Italy

Loyalists

Maine

Massachusetts

New Brunswick

North Carolina

Nova Scotia

Prince Edward Island

Quebec

Scotland

Virginia

Washington

Before I cleaned out links, I had more folders – folders I ultimately realized I never used. So this is a very basic way of organizing links. I can find what I need quite easily. If I am working on my Mayflower ancestors, I know the Massachusetts folder will be my first stop to see what links I have available.

There are probably plenty of folks who don’t see the need to have these various subfolders for organizing links/favorites. If I didn’t do this, the Genealogy folder would be one, long, disorganized list of links that I would have to scroll up and down through.

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