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From: "Caroline Bradford" <>
Subject: Re: [Ess] file Families
Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2011 07:49:24 +0100
Are we talking here about hard copy filing of certificates, print-outs of
census pages and photocopies from microfilm etc?
If so, it is a very good question, because over the years (or decades in my
case) one does tend to accumulate a mountain of paper. I have a strong
cardboard pocket wallet folder for each direct ancestor (i.e. someone with
the word "parent" in their relationship name). The subordinate families have
plastic folders stored within these. To offer a concrete example, I have a
folder for my 3x great grandfather named "George HOWARD/Elizabeth TANNER".
This contains information related to George and Elizabeth, as well as 6
plastic folders - one for each of 6 of their 7 children. These plastic
folders store material going on down through the generations. The seventh
child, Emma HOWARD, is my 2x great grandmother and therefore gets her own
cardboard wallet named "William BRADFORD/Emma HOWARD".
This system works well enough for me, as a way of storing hard copy, but it
is, of course, only an adjunct to my FH software (I use Roots Magic).
> How do other members file there families?
> I'm adding the children to their parents, but what do you do with the
> children of their children?
> I seem to be getting in a muddle,