This week I have taken on the tedious, but ultimately rewarding task of entering each and every person listed in the 391 page Stauffer-Sauder genealogy book into my Ancestry.com tree. I finished the week on page 194. Not too bad! I am hoping that this will lead to more shared matches. How I’m related to the Stauffers is as follows:

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This week I also picked up where I left off in writing the DiBagno family’s genealogy book. I started writing it about 2 years ago, but took a break last summer. Since then the mystery about the 4 DiBagno sisters has been solved so this week I started working on a section for them and their descendants. I am really hoping that I can organize a family reunion sometime soon (hopefully for next summer).

An ongoing project that I really started putting some extra energy into this week is organizing my family documents and photos into scrapbooks. This is harder than it sounds for an indecisive person like me who is also something of a perfectionist when it comes to this sort of thing. The first problem is figuring out HOW to organize it. Do I start chronologically? I like that idea, but the downside is that it requires a lot of planning ahead of time. If the layout isn’t just right or if you forget something, going back is going to be a nightmare. I could also present it as something of a stream of consciousness, displaying the items in no particular order in almost a journalistic approach. The downside of that is that it is confusing and may appear jumbled. In short, I have a lot of ideas, but am hesitating on acting because it’s overwhelming and I want to make sure I do it right.

I have also come into possession of several large binders that I am planning on transferring copies of the paper documents to (organized by my 4 biological grandparent’s family lines = Begert, Brown, DiBagno, and Mihalovich). This is a much less overwhelming project than the scrapbooking one so I think I’m going to start there (I already have the hole punch!) and see how it goes. I am, frankly, tired of having my documents sit in bins.

If you have any suggestions for organization or what has worked for you, please pass them on! Until next week, may your DNA matches be many and your hunting be happy!

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