Organize Your Digital Files in 3 Easy Steps

Diane MacLean Boumenot
Nov 5, 2021
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Gather Files
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Folder Structure
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Naming Files
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About this webinar

Diane Boumenot gives you tips for getting your files under control, creating a file structure and developing naming patterns.

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About the speaker

Diane MacLean Boumenot specializes in southern New England genealogy research, including work on her own ancestors, who were among the original settlers of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She publishes her genealogy adventures on her website,
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    Cheryl Colyer
    3 months ago

    Does this method work well with the Legacy program? In other words, when Legacy uses a pathway to search for a location on my computer, will this method of organization in this video work well with Legacy?
    Cheryl Colyer

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    Cindy Foreman
    4 months ago

    Thank you so much for making a short and precise presentation that makes it a simple approach and very visual to understand and implement!

    Cindy Foreman

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    Gail Helgeson
    10 months ago

    Thank you! This is basically what I am trying to do, but have gotten way behind. Really helps to see/hear that what I’m doing can work. I’m tackling my desktop horde of genealogy related files today!

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      Marshall Revels
      10 months ago

      What I need

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    Alva Noonan
    10 months ago

    I am forever looking for files on my computer. I am embarrassed to say, sometimes I think I’ve found new discoveries but it is what I’d already downloaded in past but not filed. I make the mistake of trying to rename everything, get overwhelmed and give up. Not this time.

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    Ann Shettles
    1 year ago

    Great information. I have been doing research for 40+ years and am converting from the mixture of paper and digital to digital. This is such a help.

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    Celia Lewis
    1 year ago

    Excellent quick and easy-to-do organization system. I like the “+” sign before an important folder to keep it at the top of the folders! So useful.

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    Rebecca Jean Corson
    1 year ago

    Great information.Gleaned some new ideas, especially the temp folder to put items for filling. That was my biggest problem when I downloaded items and then I would lose them. Not anymore with this tidbit. It is nice to see that I am on the correct track. I have already been doing a version of this. This will be watched again as I re-organize my documents as I research.

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    Noela Hill
    1 year ago

    I know everyone has their own methods. And mine is VERY SIMILAR.
    However It goes against all my training as a programmer to use the + symbol or spaces in a directory or file name. I use AAA_ if it need, but remember you can also list files via other criteria, date modified etc, I never use spaces in a file or directory name, it does not work on Linux (my preferred OS). I am also unsure if it will work on an Apple. So consider this if you want to share with other users who may have a different OS!

    Also as I use Legacy Family Tree for my people, I use the RIN number in the name of the files example:
    Simth_Lexie_RIN_8765 for the file name and files in the folder something like Smith_Lexie_RIN_87655_pic etc.
    I could suggest maybe add birth and death year instead of RIN if you have more than one family file.
    I have, but I still use RIN, but in a separate file structure for each family file. Being very careful NEVER to renumber.
    I use VBox to run Legacy in Windows on my Linux Desktop

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      Noel Ferre
      1 year ago

      Spaces work perfectly well on Apple (MAC) computers. I’ve been on a Mac going on 10 years and use them all the time.

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