Presentation for the New Jersey State Library and GSBC
Organizing (and Staying Sane with) Your Genealogy
Presented by Michelle D. Novak, MI

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.)

Session Handouts (PDF files, will open in new window, and can then be downloaded)
Handout: Organizing and Staying Sane with Your Genealogy, ©2020, Michelle D. Novak
Printable Form: Organizing and Staying Sane with Your Genealogy, ©2020, Michelle D. Novak

About Our Presenter(s)

Michelle D. Novak, MI, is a brand-designer (, historian, genealogist, archivist, and speaker. She holds a Masters of Information degree in Archives and Preservation from Rutgers University and a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has served in leadership positions (current and former) with the Society of American Archivists, Genealogical Society of Bergen County, Genealogical Society of New Jersey, and American Institute of Graphic Arts-NY Chapter; and served as the Grant Administrator for a NHPRC project at the New Jersey State Archives.

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