I really enjoy my new file organization. I had filed everything by surname and now I have them filed by surnames, then families. It makes it so much easier to find everything.
Next, I typed labels for each family on my 5-generation pedigree chart, using color coordinated file folder labels. I used the full sheet ones as I found those easier to run through the printer. The Family Roots Organizer System uses manila file folders for this step. I used colored file folders because I already had them. The family file folders are then filed alphabetically per surname. Each family file folder holds: family group record, documents, notes, and anything pertaining to that family.
Once my surname and family information was filed I moved on to locality and help files. These files are orange in color, which was my choice. Again, because I already had the supplies. Locality files hold the information for places I am researching. Help files hold information I use in my research. Examples of these files are: writing tips, conferences, military research, quick sheets, handwriting helps, repository information and society information.
But the best part of a new file system is this: