Saving Your Genealogy FOREVER – Part One

Thank you for your interest in Saving Your Genealogy FOREVER.

This is where we will be working on preserving your family history records on the FOREVER site for generations to come. This is a work in progress, and I welcome your feedback.

If you go to this link, you’ll find a video overview of the process I’m using for Saving Your Genealogy FOREVER.

If you haven’t already signed up for FOREVER, then you can do that here. You’ll receive a 2GB account and $20 to spend in the next 60 days.

As I explain in the video, you’re fine with a free account initially. Still, to preserve your genealogy for generations to come, you’ll have to upgrade to a paid account eventually to ensure that it’s preserved for the future. You can use your $20 to save on your FOREVER Storage account, and even if there is a promotion, you can use both your Welcome coupon and any others as the coupons are stackable.

Once you have your account, I encourage you to go to the FOREVER main page, and you’ll see in the center a box called “Getting Started with FOREVER.” There you’ll find lots of helpful cards to walk you through just about anything you’d like to do at FOREVER and of course you can always ask me.

When you watch the video, I’ll talk about my numbering system. Below you’ll see the categories I talked about and my example for my parent’s album. This is the same numbering system I use for all direct line albums.

So in the case of my parents, I have the main folder.

01 Thompson/Middlebrough Genealogy. (This represents the couple, and then nested below are the following folders.)

• 01 Thompson/Middlebrough Census

• 01 Thompson/Middlebrough Certificates

• 01 Thompson/Middlebrough DNA

• 01 Thompson/Middlebrough Family Group Sheets

• 01 Thompson/Middlebrough Directories and Newspapers

• 01 Thompson/Middlebrough Misc. Genealogy Documents

• 01 Thompson/Middlebrough Pictures (Genealogy)

• 01 Thompson/Middlebrough Research Log

 You may choose to have a FAN Club folder within a couples folder for other family members who have married descendants of the direct line couple or are related to the family. It’s really your call. Whatever makes sense to you.

These are the categories I have for each couple. But there may be other nested albums you require for all your couple or just some. Some examples might be military, recipes, travel, and the list can go on.

It all depends on the needs of that couple. For instance, I have a nested album on my great-grandmother’s line for all the documents I’ve collected for “The Empress of Ireland.” She and her daughter traveled to Canada on that ship.

You could also have an album for things you want to put in a book I mentioned in the video. By creating an album called “The Book,” you can then take things you have in another album and put those things into “The Book” album. It doesn’t take any additional space to put your things in more than one place”.

Below is an overview of my Genealogy/Family History Album on FOREVER. It shows all the nested surname albums, and as mentioned above, each of the surnames will have the nested albums for all the documents as outlined.

Click on the photo to enlarge it.

Stay tuned for Step Two.

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