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Presentation for the New Jersey State Library 

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. (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] (mnd.nyc) which serves finserv, education, and technology; a genealogist; and a teacher. She is a Master of Information student at Rutgers University and is Trustee and Webmaster for the Genealogical Society of Bergen County (GSBC, www.njgsbc.org) and a former Trustee of the Genealogical Society of New Jersey (www.gsnj.org). She also serves as Project Administrator for the GSNJ-NJSA New Jersey Early Land Records Project (www.njlandrecords.org); Editor of the GSBC’s national award-winning newsletter, “The Archivist”; and is involved with numerous transcription, indexing, publicity, and digitization projects.

Session Handouts (ZIP of PDF files, will download to your desktop)
Organizing and Staying Sane with Your Genealogy-©2020, Michelle D. Novak-HANDOUT
Organizing and Staying Sane with Your Genealogy-©2020, Michelle D. Novak-PRINTABLE-FORM

Session Handouts (PDF files, will open in new window, and can then be downloaded)
Organizing and Staying Sane with Your Genealogy-©2020, Michelle D. Novak-HANDOUT
Organizing and Staying Sane with Your Genealogy-©2020, Michelle D. Novak-PRINTABLE-FORM

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