Maintaining an Organized Computer

Cyndi Ingle
Jan 9, 2019
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Speaker's Introduction
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Where are Your Files?
6m 17s
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Routines and Systems
14m 39s
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About Cloud Services
4m 18s
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Choose a Filing System
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Virtual Filing System
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File Naming Patterns
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Announcements / prizes
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Questions / answers
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About this webinar

Files here, programs there, lost bits and bytes everywhere. Are you tired of searching your computer fruitlessly? Frustrated when you can't find the notes you created in your word processor? Learn how to set up a foolproof filing system and an electronic workbook to correspond with your offline research.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Cyndi Ingle is the creator and innovator behind the award-winning and globally recognized, a free categorized list of more than 320,000 links for genealogical research. In its 28 years online Cyndi’s List has consistently remained i
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  1. PN
    Penny Noneman
    3 years ago

    I don’t type out Census. I use 1850 USFC

  2. PN
    Penny Noneman
    3 years ago

    That shortcut idea is brilliant!

  3. PN
    Penny Noneman
    3 years ago

    When you get up to 16 generations, that’s a lot of folders under other folders. I do as you do: girls with parents until married. That has always worked for me too.

  4. Legacy Family Tree
    6 years ago

    I can’t wait to tear into my existing filing system and organize it! Cyndi always packs so much information into her webinars! Excellent!

    I could have listened for hours! Looking forward to hearing Cyndi again, and thanks, too, to Marian.

    I feel confident now to start organizing my digital genealogy files into folders and to be able to save information I previously didn’t. Thank you SO much CYndi

    I felt I was jumping around to quickly. As I get older I find I need a slower approach. Personal issue I guess.

    I got some very good ideas to try with my computer files. Thanks!

    I had not heard Cyndi before. She is TERRIFIC! I am already doing a number of the things she described, but I will be considering other tips which were new to me. That was time very well spent! Thank you.

    I have been working on family history for 30? years and understood most of what Cyndi was sharing with us. I also learned some new tips that I will apply to my records. THANK YOU CYNDI!!

    I have learned new methods of organizing my files on the computer that makes sense. My newest challenge will be to rename and store the documents that I find. I think I’ll start a ‘do over’!

    I learned a lot that I can use in file naming and organization. Thank you Cyndi!

    I learned so many tips to maintain the organization of my pc files and folders from Cyndi Ingle. I could listen and learn from her for hours. I appreciate the opportunity Geoff Rasmussen/Legacy FT freely providing this opportunity.

    I LOVE Cyndi’s energy! She makes it fun.

    I LOVE organization. I have a little bit of each idea she provided … but the Date Order in a subfolder was the magic bullet. It might take 2 days to reorganize things but this could not have come at a better time. Wish I had known that
    you could just work in the dropbox files and have it automatically update the item in the non-cloud computer file – some day I might learn how I am supposed to be using Dropbox. Great webinar. Will tweak my thinking and watch again so
    that I can fine tune. THANKS

    I loved it – picked up several good tips I will use for sure.

    I thought I was organized- now not so sure! Excellent!!!!!

    I thought my genealogy files were pretty well organized, but it was getting cumbersome as I was round out the documentation on my ancestors, but, I love the shortcut idea especially to free up some space on my hard drive. This was

    I thought that I was very organized but I can see some room for improvement after watching this webinar.

    A very useful and well presented webinar.

    I’m in information overload!!!!!!

    Important info,beautifully presented,by an excellent speaker!

    Interesting and informative

    Interesting system. Very workable. Enjoyed immensely

    It is always a pleasure to hear Cyndi Ingle!!! She really knows her stuff!!

    It was an excellent webinar and Cyndi is an excellent teacher. I give it a 4 because there was so much information.

    It was good. Most of the items talked about I already knew. But just more motivated now to finish up reorganizing my files!!

    It was just what I needed after many years of getting by with no system, but never knowing enough about technology to do anything.

    Learn a lot. Just have to find time to apply

    Learned a lot

    learned some new things to try, thank you. like the shortcuts and time line look of year first file names…

    Lot of good information

    Lots of good ideas

    Lots of good info – now to rename all my files!!

    Lots of good information, but the last part was too fast for me. Need to watch again!

    lots of great ideas.

    Lots of great information to absorb.. Thank you

    Lots of info, but all excellent

    Lots of information…maybe it should have been divided into 2 sessions. Great stuff!! Thanks to Cyndi Ingle.

    Lots of new ideas…

    Lots of sage advice and examples. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    Lots of slides to show what Cyndi was explaining. Also some real time moments. Great!

    Lots of useful information and tips. And as Cyndi says – do what works for you. AND be consistent. Thank you Legacy.

    Lots to think about. I picked up some useful tips for improving my filing system.

    Loved all the information

    Loved the webinar! Will have to listen again though.

    Loved the webinar, full of great must do organizing tips for computer files.

  5. Legacy Family Tree
    6 years ago

    Many good and useful ideas to implement.

    Maybe you could have Cyndi do this as a multi-part webinar/class? I’d like to hear her cover each section more in-depth.

    My first webinar, loved it! Thank you very much.

    Need to rewatch it – so much info!! Very useful.

    Now I need to get organised!

    Oh, my….so many ideas to think about in terms of organizing.

    One of Cyndi’s best.

    One of the best webinars I’ve listened to…. extremely helpful at a critical time in my research. Thank you!!!

    It was great! I will be watching again so it can sink in. I’m going to do better in 2019. Thank you.

    outstanding info. thank you. I will be rejoining. I let membership lag.


    Packed full of useful information

    Parts were overwhelming – will be going to her website to look up organization. I think it will be good to plan out a little. Right now I have have things under surname only and don’t go down any more levels.

    perfect explanations

    Plan to correct and organize. thanks for the direction to go in.

    Quite detailed, but still got some good tips to consider when re-evaluating my filing system.

    Really enjoyed. Hope I can get copies of her pages.

    really good information, good tips

    really helpful

    Really, really got a lot out of Cyndi’s organizing webinar. Many tips and tricks that I didn’t know. Especially like the way she named the generational NASH’s. Bring her back to talk more on this subject.
    seeing the two file-system windows together

    Should be mandatory for all beginning to record their family history.

    So much great info. I am going to watch this again.

    So much information I learned will have to listen several times to absorb everything! Thank you!

    So much information! I’ll have to look at this one again!

    so much information! glad I have the syllabus to review. Thanks Cyndi!

    So much information, so little time!!

    So much information, so little time!!!

    So much terrific information on a topic I really need help with. I am energized to get to the project of really organizing the piles of things for posterity.

    So wonderfully knowledgeable………..

    Some great ideas. Thanks, Cindi

    SUPER CYNDI ! Yes its basic stuff but its a multi-branched subject that Cyndi was able ti finesse the fine points that can confuse anyone.

    Super informative and well presented.

    Thank you Cyndi for this wonderful education. Can’t wait to start cleaning up and organizing my files.

    Thank you so much for this webinar!

    Thank you, Cyndi INGLE! Hoping to see you at GRIP this summer for more tips.

    Thanks Cyndi for the excellent presentation.

    Thanks Cyndi! This is the BEST lecture on organization I’ve attended. I plan to use the direct line hierarchy on my newly organized computer. Thanks for teaching us how to use short cuts and for explaining how the cloud works and about
    back-up services, too. I will re-visit this webinar for sure!

    There is not a single subject that Cyndi could do a webinar on, that I would not attend. One of the most knowledgeable people I have found in genealogy. I am thrilled that she is a resource for us on Legacy Webinars. THANK YOU.

    There was just so much amazing information shared that I couldn’t keep up! Thank goodness I am a member and can rewatch the webinars as many times as I need to get it!

    This is what I am working on right now so it really came in handy! I have a pretty good filing system, BUT I got carried away and have it in several locations and they are no loner the same. I am doing a bunch of clean up work right now
    and this webinar really gave me some good clues. Thank you for all the good stuff I get from you.

    This was a fabulous, informative webinar! I have done a lot of reading and you tube videos on digital organization, but this was the first time that I was able to see how the filing system looks and works on a live computer. Learning by
    visuals works best for me, and this was by far my top, favorite webinar on organization! Thank you Cyndi! I will be watching your other videos in the near future!

    This was a fantastic presentation, with more information than I could capture. Please have Cyndi back OFTEN!

    This was my first webinar and it was brilliant. Lots of ideas to sort all my documents. Can’t wait to get started.

  6. Legacy Family Tree
    6 years ago

    While I don’t think I’ll adopt all of her ideas, there were a few suggestions I will start using ASAP, and she’s gotten me started on a total reorganization of my file system. This was my first live webinar; I’m glad I subscribed.

    Very fast speaker because she had soooo much to Share. Very grateful for that Is there any PDf of the dialogue?? Some of us rememeber better if we hear what we have read or seen. Once again great topic & am very grateful for being able to join in event though I was late. 30c here today in NZ.

    Very Good

    very good and lots of great information to absorb and put to use

    very good

    Very helpful seeing differnt types

    Very helpful and informative

    Very helpful but needed more time. Part 2? Great webinar.

    Very helpful, usable information with visual prompts of her actual index. Thank you very much

    Very helpful. I’m experienced with organizing computer files so it was more of a review. The pictures were helpful.

    Very informative

    Very informative 🙂 Thank you!

    very informative and clearly presented.

    Very informative and easy to follow.

    Very informative and useful information

    Very informative with options to think about. Thank you!

    Very informative!!

    Very informative, but I suggest it be divided into two sessions.

    Very informative.

    Very informative. Cyndi is very easy listen to and being able to see how her files are set up helps make it easier to understand

    Very informative. Several processes to consider with computer organization of genealogical records.

    Very informative. Useful information.

    Very interesting and very helpful.

    Want a brain transfer of everything she knows!

    What a great webinar on organization!

    Will review, to much to remember all at once. Cyndi was wonderful, enjoyed every topic

    Wish I would have heard this 10 years ago!

    Wonderful information for someone who is fairly new to genealogy. Now I have to actually file all those papers!

    Wonderful job Cyndi and I learned quite a few ideas on how to improve my organization.

    Wonderful presentation style; fast, full of content, excellent syllabus to follow along.

    Wonderful webinar, I can’t wait to view it a few more times. I want to share this with my husband who is scanning a lot of our records. I also think this would be a great webinar for my Genealogy class.

    Worth listing to a few times!

    Wow! I’ve got work to do!

    Wow! I’m going to be busy for the next week (or month!).

    Wow! Very, very helpful webinar! Thanks!


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