Organise Your Stories
"Organisation is what you do before you do something,
so that when you do it, it’s not all mixed
— A.A. Milne
As you collect your stories you need to organise your family information into a logical order. Have
you developed your own plan of action?
Do you know what framework you will use build
your family history?
Here are some ways in which we organise
Timelines for an individual and a
family are important tools to keep track of the people and the events that affected them. Often, the impact of
certain events doesn't show up in interviews but becomes clear when recorded in the time line.
Build lists or
These are essential in getting organised. A list also
highlights the information you may be missing and helps you decide how you are going to retrieve it. Look at
documents, memorabilia, heirlooms etc
Digitise your key photographs.
Every family has photos but usually they are in albums. You
face the task of deciding upon the important photos and getting them digitised by having them scanned. If you have
the skills and the equipment you may be able to do this yourself but often it best to have this done
In the pages that follow we will tell you a
bit more about each and, from time to time, we will add new pages.