Ring Binders and Organization
are many different opinions about the value of using three
ring binders to organize your paper files. Having asked many
experienced researchers their opinion on the value of using
three ring binders, I offer the following summary of their
researchers said when they first began to do genealogy research,
they created notebooks for each surname on their family lines.
However, they soon found they had too much information and
switched to using a file folders system because it is more
flexible and expandable.
researchers keep valuable, original documents, family histories
and stories, and photographs in archival quality polypropylene
sheet protectors in three ring binders. They make photocopies
of documents for research file folders and identify them with
a number code. See: Eliminate Genealogy Clutter by Sherene
researchers like to put a single, challenging genealogical
research problem into a three ring binder, with tabs for the
family group records, To Do Lists, Research Logs, notes, and
documents they are working with.
There is a place for three ring binders in genealogy organization.
In the long run, however, you will probably be happiest setting
up the basic hanging file organization system based on color,
and then supplementing the basic setup with three ring binders,
as you find a need for them.