I got the idea from Christine Sisko Svircev at the "OneNote for Genealogy" group on Facebook. She posted a photo of how she created categories and sub-categories. It was colorful and that’s what attracted me to her post.
I had watched Thomas MacEntee talk about genealogy toolboxes either at an in-person lecture or via a webinar. Having only bookmarks in your browser is just not practical and so hard to keep organized. Plus there was no place you could annotate what this website was all about!
I had been using OneNote off and on. I like the Notebook set-up with Dividers and Pages. It’s how I organized my paper genealogy binders. So when I first started with OneNote in my Office 2010 program, I set up Family Notebooks with dividers for each person in the family.
|This is one of my Family Notebooks. Each tab is a different person. |
Each page is a different event in their life.
When I saw Christine’s version of her Toolbox, I decided to do one for myself. I created a new Notebook. Within this Notebook I decided on some major categories which are the Dividers at the top:
· Record Types
These categories could be anything. To keep them organized and fun, I color coded each one by right-clicking on the tab and the last choice is “Section Color.” There are lots to choose from.
|Here is one tab for Record Types with many subpages.|
Now some of these categories can be further subdivided, such as Nationalities and States.
|Here is my California page under the States tab.|
At the right of the page, new pages can be added. For the States, I added one page for each state in the union. I don’t have ancestors from each state, but I might someday so I went ahead and made a page for it.
I discovered that I might want a page for a particular county and sub-pages and be made, too, as you can see with Alabama > Cherokee. I will do the same for the countries in my Nationalities tab.
|This is a sub-page under the Alabama page. I may make sub pages for each counties in each states. |
Here I put some information about when the county was created.
I hope this is helpful for you. Now my browser bookmarks list is much smaller.
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