Organize Family History Photos & Documents into Binders

Treasures in Chaos

Today I came across a good article on Squidoo about organizing documents and photos, so I’ll share the highlights with you. You can find the original article here.

The basic idea is to use three ring binders and sheet protectors. Then instead of sifting through boxes, everything is protected and easy to see.

  1. Sort papers and documents into family groups.
  2. Decide what to keep. (If in doubt, keep it)
  3. Sort loosely into chronological order.
  4. Place into protective sleeves.
  5. Put sleeves into binders (fixing order if necessary).
  6. Label binder and put it on a shelf.

Some hints from the article:

  • Buy sheet protectors in boxes of 100
  • Make sure they are acid free, archival, top-loading
  • Buy high quality binders that will last

My mom has done something like this when she was doing family histories. I think it is important to keep it simple and get it organized. Don’t be tempted do make it fancy. If you want to go back later you can.

What have you tried in organizing you papers, documents and photos?DOABLE Sidebar O

Gift Idea #43 – History Kit

idea numbers43Would someone on your gift list like to start writing down their own history or help someone else get started on their history? Then how about putting together everything they need to get started?

It could be as simple as a journal or a three-ring binder and paper along with a list of questions and a pen or pencil. Or it could be high-tech. I found software that will help you write your history. Another approach would be a digital recorder in place of the journal.

There are a bunch of sources for questions or journaling prompts. I’ve gathered a few of them below to get you started.

Life Story Printables

Get to Know Your Family and Friends Better

The 50 Best Life Story Questions

Personal History

Tips for Doing Your Personal History

Personal History in Depth