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I had started researching my genealogy a few years ago, but quit in a fit of depression because I don't have any kids and was kind of like "What's the point? Who's going to care after me?"

But the bug has bitten me again, and I'm getting back into it. I have found SO MUCH interesting information on my family, and I use the Family Tree software, which I am very happy with... but I'm not really sure I'm doing this RIGHT.

I mean, I have names and dates and stuff, but I want to know the best ways of 1) keeping up with the physical documentation (I don't want to scan it, and I'm not sure how to arrange it physically) and 2) what sorts of details I should be keeping up with (basically right now it's everything), and... I just would love some tips from all of you seasoned detectives on just arranging things and keeping up with stuff. I do well with finding things... but keeping up with it is a different story.

What things do you try to get, too? Birth and death records, significant events... do you keep up with the locations of everyone's graves? How about peripheral events in history? That's been interesting to me, since some of my ancestors were quite interesting with their own place in history, and some were involved in some historic events.

Also, I'm interested in hearing about any trips you've taken to visit homesites, graves, etc.

Anyone meet any relatives that you've kept up with?

Tell all, please!

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