My Favorite Genealogy Organizer!

Organized Thurzday badgeIn the 20+ years I have been doing genealogy research, I’ve lugged with me all kinds of backpacks, totes, portable file boxes, and even those huge totes-on-wheels to the libraries, archives, and courthouses where I do my research. I’ve also road-tested them overseas.

But of all the different document-holding, file-toting, equipment-carrying products I’ve tried, this portable file box and computer case combo is my absolute favoriteI HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT for anyone who has to carry files or equipment to-and-fro as part of their job or hobby:

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Picture of the tote from its ad on Amazon.com. To order this bag on Amazon, click here.

Here is what mine looks like close up:

AutoExec's Portable File and Laptop Tote--my FAVORITE Genealogy Organizer!

AutoExec’s Portable File and Laptop Tote–my FAVORITE Genealogy Organizer!

Here’s a look at the inside:

Inside: it holds files AND laptops, tablets, cameras, etc.

Inside: it holds files AND laptops, tablets, cameras, etc.

Deep pouches on both sides of the tote hold my digital camera, so I can shoot clear pictures of the documents I find!

Deep pouches on both sides of the tote hold my chargers on one side, and my digital camera on the other side, so I can shoot clear pictures of the documents I find!

(Camera case fits inside the pocket, for extra protection for my camera!)

(Camera case fits inside the pocket, for extra protection for my camera!)

The file box can be removed from the tote, and it has handles of its own, so you have a tote-within-a-tote whenever you need to separate the two quick and clean!

The file box can be removed from the tote, and it has handles of its own, so you have a tote-within-a-tote whenever you need to separate the two quick and clean!

The front pouch has organizers for pens, pencils, and highlighters, but it is also deep and wide enough to hold staplers, hole punches, or whatever other office supplies you need to carry!

The front pouch has organizers for pens, pencils, and highlighters, but it is also deep and wide enough to hold staplers, hole punches, or whatever other office supplies you need to carry!

In this picture, I had two laptops in the bag, to show how roomy it is! The interior file box is closed here, to show how you get two layers of protection for your files. Also, note the sturdy hardware connecting the strap to the bag. It can handle VERY heavy loads!

In this picture, I had two laptops in the bag, to show how roomy it is! The interior file box is closed here, to show how you get two layers of protection for your files. Also, note the sturdy hardware connecting the strap to the bag. It can handle VERY heavy loads!

I LOVE taking this bag on research trips!

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This tote retails for about $80, but I bought mine for $45 during  FranklinCovey‘s back to school sale last fall. You can also buy it in Brown on Amazon (click the image to see it on Amazon)

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The bag hooks easily on to my luggage:

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And it is easy to carry–it has both a long shoulder strap and shorter handles. I love it! :)

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Oh, and for anyone who was wondering what my portable file box categories are, here is a close-up of the hanging dividers and their categories:

Categories of the documents I work on most while on the road

Categories of the documents I work on most while on the road

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5 thoughts on “My Favorite Genealogy Organizer!

  1. Teresa Brewer Devine November 22, 2013 at 9:00 am Reply

    Thank you for sharing this. It looks awesome for long distance family research trips. When I checked on Amazon, I found that there is also a mini version which measures 14x8x10″ compared to the full-size at 20x6x15″

    • Jennyalogist November 22, 2013 at 9:01 am Reply

      I know . . . how sad is it that I want to buy a second bag, when this first one perfectly suits my needs? I’m such a glutton when it comes to genealogy purchases! ;)

  2. Janine Adams November 22, 2013 at 9:45 am Reply

    Thanks so much for sharing this! I love all the photos and I especially appreciate the peek at what files you take with you! I’m so glad to know about this bag.

    • Jennyalogist November 22, 2013 at 9:50 am Reply

      Thank you for stopping by the blog, Janine. I’m glad you liked it! :)

  3. peggy smith November 22, 2013 at 12:50 pm Reply

    love the bag thank for haring

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