It’s long past time to write a compilation of the MRIN Filing System. Over the years my use of it has changed and changed and changed.
It all started when … In the Spring of 2006 someone wrote to me, after reading a short comment I left on Legacy News, inquiring about my filing system.
I wrote her back a long email with screenshots. A few months later, when I had the idea of starting a website, that email response became the second post I published. It was pretty much copy and paste with zero expectation of anyone ever reading it.
Since then there’s been a steady stream of traffic making MRIN inquiries, most of them landing on that 2006 post.
Over the years I’ve continued to write about MRIN filing as I’ve drastically changed course with it. So, I feel responsible to bring people up to speed in the easiest way possible. It’s absolutely true that inexperience has no perspective.
A month ago I made a video of it which didn’t go too well. Recording myself talking for 45 minutes over the top of a PowerPoint presentation is quite challenging I found out.
So I re-arranged the information and took my voice out of it. It’s now straight PowerPoint for 60 slides and it’s available for FREE at MRIN Filing System PPSX.
Looking back over hundreds of posts and pages, it appears I’ve mostly written about filing in some form or another. And fundamental to it all has been how to wrangle thousands of paper and digital documents into something coherent, high-functioning and easily transferable to whoever comes next. Little did I know that learning enough to make it simple would take me six+ years and a blog.
As we know, it never ends. But if I walked away from it now I think the ancestors and I could sleep in peace.