Here's the challenge for tonight:
1) Take a digital picture of your Genealogy Space - whether it is a table, desk, bookcase, whatever. Take more than one if you want.
2) Show off your Genealogy Space to all of us in a blog post showing your digital pictures. If you aren't blogging or don't want to show us your pictures, go to 3) below without passing Go or collecting another ancestor.
3) Tell us something about your Genealogy Space. How long does it take you to find something? Are you thinking of reorganizing your space?
Here's my pictures of the Genea-Cave. The Cave is in a small back bedroom, formerly my daughters, and it is chock full of paper and stuff. The first picture is of my desk and the computer setup:
As you can see, I have paper neatly stacked to the left of my computer (my working files), just in front of my printer (on the left, the things I don't know where to put them), and in an expensive filing rack on the back left side of the monitor. I take notes on the little papers to the left of my keyboard in unreadable Seaver-scrawl.
Just to the right of the desk, under the window, is my fine collection of mostly useless genealogy paper in notebooks in three low bookcases- this is the Fred and Betty (Carringer) Seaver Memorial Collection of mostly derivative sources and secondary information collected during my 20 years of research. I can find any piece of paper, but sometimes it takes more than 30 seconds. On top of the three bookcases, and almost to the window level, is my collection of genealogy magazines, newsletters and journals. I've been collecting them for a long time, and rarely go through them. I wish that they were all digitized and/or online. They aren't! Yet.
To the left of the desk is two bookcases - a tall one with my "active" notebooks of my research, including genealogy reports of my ancestry, my wife's ancestry and my reports on my one-name Seaver, Carringer, Dill and other surnames. The smaller bookcase holds my family history photo albums. On top of the smaller bookcase is the Randy Seaver "M&M Happiness" jar, a wine glass with stuck M&Ms in it, my grandfather's gold watch that doesn't work, and a green underwater camera from 2007, among other things:
That's it! Well, wait, that's not it. I forgot to take a photo of the large filing cabinet, and two small ones, the round table with stacks of paper, and the floor to my right and back with boxes of genealogy society stuff (and family photographs). Oh well. Next time.
Now do you see why I call it the Genea-Cave? I even tidied the stacks up before I took the pictures! If I were to take some time to put everything in a proper place, reorganize my files, and clean off my desk it would take weeks away from manic blogging, researching and losing stuff. Hey, it's all mine. My kids and wife will have a field day with it if I check out early. I hope they can find my Genealogical Will codicil. I wonder where that is now? It would be funny if it weren't sad, eh?