I am almost too embarrassed to tell you where I keep my One-Name study material. I once had a boss who said “there are filers and pilers and which one of you?” It was a rhetorical question and I just gave a kind of smile instead of an answer.
In almost despair I bought a rather nice curver box from Hobby Craft which takes A4 sheets and has some space over and have one for each of my studies. I then have several drawers and files in the filing cabinet relating to my One-Name Studies specifically and plan to make the entire website the home of my study material. Dumping all the paper and only retaining photographs, certificates and documents.
The website is backed up weekly and I hold a separate archive of material which is located in the cloud, on a USB stick, and an external hard drive. I will be also deposit a complete set of material in the library of the Guild of One-Name Studies – I am a belts and braces kind of girl, what can I say!
The key thing is to stop collecting material and process what you have, but every now and again I do gather material, a case in point is the material of the Orlando references that I found relating to those that perished in Dachau Concentration Camp and more on them, another time.
There is a section on organising a One-Name Study in the Pharos Introduction to One-Name Studies course and I have submitted an article to the Journal of One-Name Studies, based upon a response to a question that I received the last time the course ran.
One day I will be organised. I’m definitely more in the ‘piler’ category and a hoarder of paper. Electronic copies are great but I do find I miss information if I read documents on line. With documents that have very ornate writing the printed version is much easier to read
I concur completely. The ability to see the actual details on the paper is important, I find I miss stuff too on the electronic versions and often review material several times too – sometimes you see things differently or things you did not spot previously when having another look. I have a great many wills that have been sent to me as part of the Guild’s TNA programme – I print them so that I can transcribe them for my study with details of the other names mentioned being sent into the Probate index.
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Keeping material and organising it for any long term project is definitely a challenge. I confess to being a piler with some folders. I need to be more organised.
You & me both!