> The second point on there is 'get it on the computer'. I would like to
> add to that to think of a folder structure that fits your needs and also
> think of a file naming format.
> My structure is a high level folder called 'Ancestry' with sub-folders
> for each branch of the family, such as 'Merchant' (fathers side) 'white'
> (mothers side) 'Burkey' (paternal Grandmothers side) etc.
> and sub-folders in these as required.
Yes, I've just started using GRAMPS in the last two weeks after importing a decade old GEDCOM file. I started off exploring GRAMPS by looking at places:- enclosing places, adding data like co-ordinates and actually finding where Green Hills Station is or was exactly.
Getting to grips with GRAMPS made it clear early on that working out file naming and directory/folder structure was paramount. Especially with a mishmash of decade old electronic files.
Talking with a historian as to how to organise files & folders we discussed that a structure for actively building research requires a different emphasis, compared to later accessing and working with the research documents. This came up when I mentioned previous chatter on this list as to where to 'put' certificates, by EVENT or with the primary Person. She said I just put it everywhere. Duplicating? I said. Yep, makes it easy to find later.
Key word: Later.
Obviously one can link to the same file from different entries in GRAMPS where-ever they are put, but it highlights that where it is obvious to 'put' a file when building may not help when accessing it later.
Here is my third draft generic folder structure after that conversation and reading on this list.
-for each Family Branch
-Docs Official (by Family by Person)
-Biographic, creative, professional
-Family trees & data various sources
-Photos (by Family by Person)
-Related Context (local history, period etc)(e.g. Monaro district, WW1)