Organize Your Digital Files in 3 Easy Steps

Diane Boumenot
Nov 5, 2021
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Gather Files
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Folder Structure
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Naming Files
2m 28s

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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 Ma
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    Ann Shettles
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    4 weeks 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
    4 weeks 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
      3 weeks 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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