Saturday, April 4, 2009

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun with Randy at Genea-Musings

Over at Randy Seaver's Genea-Musings, It's Saturday Night - time for some Genealogy Fun. Or maybe not, depending on your ability to transfer a photo from your digital camera to your computer. You can do that, can't you?

Here's the challenge for tonight:

1) Take a digital picture of your Genealogy Space - whether it is a table, desk, bookcase, whatever. Take more than one if you want.

2) Show off your Genealogy Space to all of us in a blog post showing your digital pictures. If you aren't blogging or don't want to show us your pictures, go to 3) below without passing Go or collecting another ancestor.

3) Tell us something about your Genealogy Space. How long does it take you to find something? Are you thinking of reorganizing your space?

I like this Randy and will be a fun one! I would love to participate so here is my Genealogy Corner! We have a 3 bedroom home and I used to have one of the bedroom's as an office, my daughter and 2 grandkids have been living with us so the two bedrooms are needed. This is a corner in my bedroom, it's a good thing I worked on organizing some things just yesterday, my desk doesn't look too bad at the moment! There are 3 file baskets on the right side of my desk, the black mesh one is hanging files of misc. items, i.e. resources/info etc. Behind that is temporary folders "to be filed" and I have a tray that holds what I am "in the process" of working on. The basket behind the tray is just my bill basket! I have more to do before being pile free and able to find what I need when I want it!

The little card in front of the mesh filing basket is a card my granddaughter made for me for Christmas, it says, "To Oma from E, thank you for...(she writes) helping me start my family giniology!" She spelt it like my name! The inside says, "To Oma from E, my holiday wish for you...(she writes), is to have more time for your family ginioligy!" She knows that I have very little time, she is so very sweet and I know she will be the one to carry on our family history and be the keeper of all my research.

Then, there is my bookcase that houses all of my binders and books... there you have my Genealogy corner, not real fancy or pretty but it works for the time being.


kinfolknews said...

Great little space you have there. Thanks for sharing!

lovefamilymemories said...

Hello Gini,
I saw your post on another blog. The BEST system for organizing photos is the Creative Memories Power Sort Box. I have 3. Each box organizes up to 2400 photos, with room on the lid for large photos.

I have gotten every photo of mine out of the old "magnetic" albums. Here is why:

About twenty five years ago many album manufacturers came out with a new product called magnetic pages. These were made from a thick paper stock and coated with glue strips. There was a Mylar plastic covering both sides of this stock and it was claimed that this was a good way to preserve photographs. After being on the market for about fifteen years, conservators recognized that the glue being used had a very high acidic content. So much so, that after only ten to fifteen years in storage, new photographs were starting to show signs of deterioration. The acid was eating through the backs of the photographs and the Mylar was sealing in the acidic fumes causing a deterioration on the image side as well. In addition, some manufacturers were using PVC (Poly-Vinyl Chloride) instead of Mylar. PVC is a plastic that has very poor storage qualities and accelerates deterioration. Although most manufacturers have discontinued making these magnetic pages, there are still some out there that are producing them.

To view the Power Sort Box, go to
then "shop products" then "traditional scrapbooking" then "organizers" then "Power Sort System." The box is in black and blue but the inside is black and looks like the "Mini Power Sort Box" below it, but is 4 times the size! It is SO great. You can order it and it will be send directly to your door. I am a full time teacher and have been doing this on the side for about 6 years now: getting my family photos organized and into photo safe albums.

I hope I have helped you in some way today. If you'd like, I can email you photos of my FULL boxes!!! With every sincere good wish,

Leah Kleylein said...

I love your bookcase, it looks like I could spend a long time browsing there!!

Gini said...

Thank you Leah, it's not as nice as yours but does the job at the moment. I love seeing others Genea-spaces, I have always had a love for home decorating and organizing so Randy's pick for Sat nite fun was right up my alley, Genealogy and home spaces.

Gini said...

Thank you Regina, it works! I would love to have a bit more space to spread out to but then again we just fill it with more stuff huh!