Ahhhh, spring. And in this house, the foot has been put down to "CLEAN UP ALL THAT PAPER!" I imagine none of you know what my husband could be refering to...afterall, who accumulates paper when doing family history research? :-)
But, clean I must. I have been a scanning fool, scanning every little note on which I have ever jotted something down and then I'm attaching them directly to my private trees in ancestry.com. "Private"? Yes, some of my relatives are a bit touchy about having their family info splayed out on the internet for all to see. The only downside, is when I die, how can I get all this documented research into the right hands? Well, that can be a topic for later. I have accumulated so many books...in fact a huge collection of Iowa Palimpsests. These were monthly publications by the Iowa State Historical Society. So ever so slowly I am getting them loaded onto ebay. If anyone is interested, you can find them at: http://shop.ebay.com/midwestancestree/m.html .
This is a fun endeavor as well. I am re-reading some of the quaint stories from many counties in Iowa, like how the little town of LeClaire, Iowa let the childhood home of Buffalo Bill Cody become weatherbeaten and worn. They sold it to the forward thinking town of Cody, Wyoming and replaced the home with a plaque.
How do YOU keep all your research in order?