I’m a certified professional organizer, the owner Peace of Mind Organizing(R) in St. Louis, Missouri, which I founded in 2005. I help people get organized in their homes every day. I’m also a genealogy enthusiast and spend a good deal of time honing my genealogy organizational systems.
I do my best to do at least a little genealogy research every day, exploring my own family’s roots, which are primarily in Kentucky, Missouri, Alabama, and Washington. I’m all about digital organizing. When I started getting serious about my genealogy in 2012, I printed out everything and filed it in paper files. Now, I never print and instead promptly rename and file all digital documents. It’s a system that works very well for me.
I love sharing my knowledge and expertise. I’ve spoken twice at RootsTech, the giant genealogy conference held in Salt Lake City. The first time was in 2017, talking with Brooks Duncan of DocumentSnap about going paperless in genealogy research. In 2020, I presented The Imperfect Genealogist, a talk encouraging people to recognize when good enough is good enough in their research. I’ve spoken twice at the St. Louis Genealogy Conference and am a frequent attendee of other genealogy conferences. I’m also the co-host of Getting to Good Enough, a podcast to help you let go of perfectionism so you can do more of what you love.
I’d love to help you feel more organized when it comes to your family history research. There are a few ways you can tap into my expertise:
- Read this blog, where I share my insights, solutions and resources (and sometimes my excitement about my own discoveries).
- Purchase my Orderly Roots guides where I can get more in depth on topics. Or purchase the Paperless Genealogy Guide that I wrote with scanning expert Brooks Duncan.
- Hire me for personalized organizing help (either in person or over the phone/Zoom).
I love doing genealogy research and I’m the rare bird who actually enjoys organizing my family history research. I hope this blog will help you make organizing yours fun and easy!