The Challenge of Getting Started

Getting Started

Do you feel like you are going in circles? Knowing where to start can be a real challenge.



 We can help you:

  • Start at the best place.
  • Organize files.
  • Quickly find information you already have.
  • Utilize step-by-step techniques that saves time and gets results.
  • Find pertinent information.
  • Document your research efforts.
  • Specific research classes.

Utilizing research guides saves a lot of time by show you where to look for the information you are looking for.

Going through  a mountain of information and trying to learn to use new technology can be challenging.


Acquire the Right Tools

The variety of collections you can create is not limited.  You many have many different kinds of photos and files that you'd like to organize into specific categories.


A few sample collections a shown on the right.

Family History

Smartphone - Hawaii Trip

Favorite Places

Research GuideTimelineHeritage Collector Software

Click here for classes and resources to access the classes and information to help you get started correctly and in the most efficient manner.


Copy Research Records

If you are just starting, you many not have any idea how you'd like to name or organize your collections or what you will put into each collection. You may not know about the photos or files that you have. This is one of the difficult problems our software can help you easily resolve and reduce your stress. The next heading will show you how to solve this problem using a sort collection.

Sort Collection. We've made it easy to begin. A sort collection comes installed in the program. Initially you can copy, scan or import photos and files into the sort collection. Later you can create some new collections and then drag the files in the sort collection to any collection you have created. You can also drag files into other collections as you organization system starts to develop.

Collection Naming

Naming Collections. Use any type of collection name you desire. This provides flexibility in the kinds of collections you create and how you name each collection. Use the names you have previously used to create new collection names. A right click on the collection name is all that is required to change or edit a collection name. It also decreases the number of duplicate images by keeping photos in topically named collections.

Olsen Homestead Farm 1896 (collection)

Idaho Cemeteries (graves collection)

Organization Levels

Two or More Levels of Organization.

Collection are stored in Folders (blue icon) "Olsen Family History."  Folders may also have subfolder (colored icons) such as "Carl S Olsen, Cooper, Norway Photos. " Subfolders may have a series of collections making it easy to organize and find files, photos and documents. Keeping associated photos and files together eliminates the need for duplicates.


Dates and other type of names may be used for folders and subfolders.

The features and functions shown above come with the Heritage Collector System.

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