Organizing Your Files

When I am working on a video project, one of the hardest yet most needed tasks is that of organizing your files.  For any given project I will have folders with only Video in them.  One for Audio (Music, SFX and Voice Over separate of course.) Other folders contain Graphics, Still Photos, Documents and more.  I even have a ‘Cheat Sheet’ on my computer to help me standardize the folder structure.

This is not something I really have for my genealogy stuff however.

William HH Hood - Death Record

Well it just so happens that earlier today the folks over at the Genealogy Insider Blog posted an article entitled  – A Simple Four-Part System for Naming Digital Photo Files – [Link]

I urge you to head over, read it, and subscribe to a system for organizing your pertinent files.

I think I will take the system presented and add the 5th step of placing the major surnames within my tree in their own folders to boot.  You can bet however that I will make sure to add the cheat sheet for these records so I can make sure they too are standardized, just like my video files.

Do you have a system that works for you?  If you do, make sure to leave us a comment and let us know what works, and what doesn’t.

– Dan

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