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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – show us your genealogy space

Here’s Geneamusing‘s challenge:

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?

Last year we began a low cost approach to renovating our garage for additional living space.  We put a carpet down, installed cable for a TV, have a gaming station and tried to utilize our extra furniture such as a hide-a-bed, pool table, air hockey table, 4 chairs, kitchen table, treadmill, plus we keep regular garage things behind a wall of curtains.  (Since the furniture is mostly hand-me-downs I’m just sure it helps create a genealogy ambiance!)  Thankfully, we have a window air conditioner and several space heaters to help regulate the temperature depending on the season.

My work station is primarily on the old kitchen table plus I use the pool table and air hockey table as my holding and processing areas.  Recently, I purchased a Macbook Pro but several of the great programs that I rely upon are either only available in the Windows platform or I will have to buy new software.  One of those is The Master Genealogist program so for now I continue to use my Dell laptop for that.  Our printer is in the bedroom and my husband configured the printer to work with all of our computers except the Mac because there is no Mac driver for it just yet.  To print I have to get the item from my Mac to my Dell and that’s not so much fun but luckily I don’t print very often.  Meanwhile I’m anxiously waiting for someone to develop the driver.

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This set up works well so far because I don’t have to worry about any mess when guests visit plus everything is within easy reach.  My filing cabinet is also in the garage but behind the curtain.  Over the years I’ve scanned and deleted much of my research materials but here’s what’s left and much of these are originals so I intend on retaining the items.

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I have my photos in albums and loose.  I’ve spent much time organizing the originals and scanning them so I can fairly quickly and easily locate things.

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I’m always looking at better arrangements and trying to identify and organize the information so that whoever may continue the family genealogy when I’m gone will be able to move forward and not spend so much time labeling and organizing.

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