I have searched the web for various resources to help beginner genealogists and family historians to create a useful organisation system for the family history information they store on their computer hard drives.
The first resource I have found is a video on YouTube, 'Organize Your Hard Drive', from Family Tree Magazine (US), presented by Lisa Louise Cooke (of Genealogy Gems Podcast).
Kimberley Powell at About.com Genealogy has several articles about organisation including Organizing Digital Genealogy Files.
Google's Picasa is excellent free software to help organise photographs and scanned files on your computer.
What is your system for organising your family history files on your computer hard drive? I would really like to hear about it. At the moment I am working on re-organising my files with a system similar to that described in the Family Tree Magazine's YouTube video above.
Here are some blog posts from other genealogy bloggers regarding genealogy organisation:
- Genealogy Gems News - Answers to One of the Biggest Challenges Researchers Face
- Genealogy's Star - A testimony against procrastination in genealogy
- Genealogy's Star - Now that I have all these digitized files, what do I do with them?
- The Family Curator - Four Tried and True Systems for Organizing Genealogy Research
- Olive Tree Genealogy Blog - Too Many Ancestors!
- Family History Mysteries - Organizing Your Digital Genealogy Files
- ProGenealogists - Computer Tricks 3 - Naming Electronic Files
- Geniaus - Fling it in the folder - my digital filing system
- Ask a Genealogist - Computer Filing System
- Genea-Musings - My Ancestor Family File Folders and File Naming Convention
- GenBlog - Family History Through the Alphabet - Organization
- FamilySearch Wiki has a very useful article 'Organizing Your Files'.
- Cyndi's List includes many links under the title 'Organizing Your Research'.
- Ancestry.com have a series of articles 'Get it together' with many useful tips for keeping all your family history information organised.
- The Irish Genealogy Toolkit have an introductory article 'Recording family history properly requires organisation and discipline.'
- Genealogy.com have article with several good organisation tips, 'First Steps: Digging Out From the Paper Pile'.
- Ask a Genealogists - Paper Filing Systems
I hope some of these links are of use. If you know of any other resources to help beginners learn about hard drive organisation or organising family history information generally, please share your links and ideas in a comment. Thanks.
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