How do you path your way through this jungle of sources?

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I haven't spent much effort on my genealogy yet, but I'm already drowning in information. To save myself I started organising it in a small wiki (TiddlyWiki).

I wonder how you co-genealogists handle that challenge. What is your strategie?
in The Tree House by Ronnie Grindle G2G6 Mach 1 (17.3k points)

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I have two space pages here on Wikitree that I keep information on

One page is for sources that I use with a lot of frequency.

The other is a list of miscellaneous formatting information, graphics, helpful hints, etc.

I have another space for long term research, that I can't do from my office chair, things like cemeteries I want to visit, or things that I want to research at the Connecticut Library.

You can also use your scratch pad to make notes and I pretty generally have a document open on my desktop, to put notes and reminders on

by Anne B G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
selected by Ronnie Grindle
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The way that works best for me is when I am confident of at least the name and one of the required dates I go ahead and create a profile. After that when I find a source that applies to that profile I add it and it now has a place on here for me to work with. Eventually I have enough information on the profile to write a short biography and with the sources already on the profile I can just copy and paste them into inline sources (footnotes). That just seems easier than trying to put the information on another web site and move it here later, I try and work smarter, not harder. Nobody will complain if your work is not perfect right out of the gate, in fact after being on WikiTree for almost 3 years I will say I am still learning how to do things here.
by Dale Byers G2G Astronaut (1.6m points)
Hello Dale,

what I meant was the information that goes along with working on profiles: source links, templates, guidelines etc. that I reuse from profile to profile.

Also, while working on a profile I bump into information that is not in line of the profile I'm working on, but may be valueable for another path in the tree. Within a few weeks I've already created a universe of links, sources and cross references that is hard to handle.
Ronnie, If you click on your "Navigation Page", in the drop down menu for My WikiTree, and scroll down the page you will see a scratch pad area where you can save all sorts of information. Another option is to create a free space profile to hold your stuff.
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Well, I keep copies of all my information in Family TreeMaker trees.  They link directly to which I subscribe to so I can get a lot of material directly.  I just cut an paste most of the actual material.  Eventually I may transition to not saving copies of sources on familyTreeMaker but for now I'm still doing it that way.  That way I always have a backup and I can compare my WikiTree priofiles with my private trees to see what's new and what needs looking into further.
by Dave Dardinger G2G6 Pilot (410k points)

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