This may be one of the most important items a beginning genealogist needs to understand. I am still trying to figure it out after over eight years of doing research. I still find information that I did not know I had and end up doing research on the same subject more than once. Obviously, a spreadsheet is one of the best ways to keep track of records. However, Cyndi’s List has all kind of references to websites that can help with organization. This is probably my biggest mistake I have made. I would strongly recommend that before anybody begins researching, you should figure out how you are going to organize all the information you gather. I have boxes and boxes, all kinds of files, all kinds of digital files and documentation and I am not even sure of everything I have. One of my goals with creating this website is that it forces me to get organized.