How to deal with scraps of paper and scribbled notes
- A question people sometimes ask in genealogy forums is how you can file
scraps of paper and scribbled notes so that you can find them again.
I've written about some ways of doing this, for anyone interested.
(1) Using text databases to manage information on paper napkins, scraps of
paper, sticky notes etc:
But some object that the use of text databases means that you have to re-type
I don't mind retyping notes I wrote 30 years ago, because it jogs my memory,
and sometimes opens new avenues of research. Apart from anything else, there
are new resources available that weren't around 30 years ago, like Google,
FamilySearch and many more.
But for those who do mind retyping there is
It's a notetaking program that has been around a few years now. While you can
type notes in it (yes, use it rather than a paper napkin in a restaurant where
you bumped into a long-lost cousin), and that is a good way of making new
But you can also scan in your old notes, capture stuff from the web and much
Read about it here:
to get an idea o0f the pros and cons of using it, or just go straight to
and download it for free.