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14 July 2020 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm


New Jersey State Library and the Genealogical Society of Bergen County, NJ
Organizing (and Staying Sane with) Your Genealogy
Monday, 3 August @ 2pm
Free Online Webinar!

Organizing (and Staying Sane with) Your Genealogy

There are as many ways to organize genealogical information as ancestors in our family tree, and most find that they need to improve their methods as their records grow.

Michelle D. Novak—a designer, photographer, and Masters of Information student in Archive Sciences—will demonstrate some common-sense organizational methods that she has developed to handle large client projects (that contain thousands of assets) and how she adapted some of these methods to her research—which works for both digital and paper files.

We’ll look at recording, naming, and organizing files (paper and digital); discuss some common technology pitfalls to avoid; peek into backups and cloud sharing; and look at some ideas to help your research live on. We’ll draw inspiration from the past, set up common-sense systems, protect against “a matter of when” disasters, and find inspiration in taking control of all your “stuff.” (Note that this talk is ever-evolving and is a bit different each time it’s presented.)


Michelle D. Novak is a brand designer and president of [MND] ( which serves finserv, education, and technology; a genealogist; and a teacher. She is a Master of Information student at Rutgers University, holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, and certificates from BU, Gen-Fed, and GRIP. Novak is Trustee and Webmaster for the Genealogical Society of Bergen County (GSBC) and a former Trustee of the Genealogical Society of New Jersey. She also serves as Project Administrator for the GSNJ-NJSA New Jersey Early Land Records Project; Editor of the GSBC’s national award-winning newsletter, “The Archivist”; and is involved with numerous transcription, indexing, publicity, and digitization projects.