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Subject: RE: [APG] HEEELP!!
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2003 19:46:05 -0600
Ahhh, my kingdom for a visit by the Clean Sweep people!! Maybe one of
you California genealogists can get on the show so I can live
From: Yolanda Campbell Lifter [mailto:]
Sent: Wednesday, December 03, 2003 10:36 AM
Subject: Re: [APG] HEEELP!!
I would also be interested in hearing about any good organizational
Anyone out there doing business as a Professional Organizer for
Genealogists? I would if the TLC show Clean Sweep would tackle my
office. : )
Yolanda Campbell Lifter
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, December 03, 2003 10:28 AM
Subject: [APG] HEEELP!!
> Hello list,
> I'm sitting here in my office and embarrassed to admit this to my
> genealogist. But I'm in a huge mess. I feel like the little cartoon
Mary Hill uses
> in her "Organizing Your Family History" lecture. The one where the
> genealogist is hidden by the stack of papers<G>. For those who have
been to this class
> you know what I'm talking about.
> Anyway, here is my dilemma. I have tons of stuff, not just limited to
> I have it in my kitchen, bedroom, office, bathroom, etc. Things that
> to genealogy. Whether it be the latest magazines, my own family
> project I'm working on for a society or a client or even an up coming
> It is all a MESS!!
> Every month I organize the whole darn thing and make an oath to myself
> keep it organized. Then something happens like I need an article here
> book there or just to plainly work on family information, etc. I bring
> out and never seem to be able to put the book, magazine or file back.
> becomes a pile. And then I need it again I search and search. thus
> the huge mess all over again.
> Now, I have taken Mary Hill's presentation. I have obtained books on
> organizing, read articles, etc. and I always start a new oath to be
> never following through. grrrr
> Are there any ideas from the members of how they have conquered this
> I swear I want to go on one of those shows like DIY so they could help
> with my dilemma. But honestly I think to myself "I would hate for
> genealogist to see my place in such a mess" and conclude I should be
better. I say
> just organize it Cindy and make sure you file it back. But I have
tried this for
> To make my problem worse, I think I must keep everything, even the
> scrap of paper with genealogical information. <G> I tell myself that
if I get
> rid of it I will be looking for it again someday. And sure enough I
> I have years and years of genealogical magazines, Journals,
> Enough to fill a whole book case. Which takes up a whole closet by
> If you were me would you give them to the locale genealogical society?
> I know which articles to keep? Most I have learned so much from, and
> to them often because I have found them to be valuable. But this
> another problem. I have to tear the shelf's apart in order to know
> the article is in going most of the time one by one.
> If anyone has some ideas, I would be truly grateful.
> Thanks for hearing me out <G>
> Cindy Hofmeister