Genealogy offers many ways to climb out the old family tree branches. Now after some 55 years of climbing around my own family's tree branches, I thought it might be helpful to list how all these years of research have been collected and stored. Very early, I began a single notebook which became my family tree as I knew it. [Started at age 9!] This gradually expanded as my exploration became wider and more interesting to my mind. Year after year, the number and quality of the work increased such that a collection of these notebooks began. By 10 to 15 years into this tree climbing, I needed a way to organize and store the research. Color coding was the way, by placing various dots on the notebook edges that matched the same subject or historical research.
Finally, by 250 notebooks, it became evident that I needed a way to find this research as the need was presented. So, believe it or not, a blog was started on July 6, 2012 to code and summarize each notebook by its "number" and "subject matter". The blog is: tjgresearchnotebooks.blogspot.com.
You may check out this blog to identify my tree climbing research. A way is available to search the blog using the "Search This Blog" line in the upper right of the blog page. Each numbered notebook has a central theme, and the content identified. At present there are over 260 notebooks! Feel free to climbing around a little yourself... no telling what you might find.