Overcome by the urge to organise

18 Aug

Something very strange is happening, these last few days I seem to have got the urge to organise. It doesn’t matter whether it is paper or digital I just seem to want to organise it (apologies to my wife because this enthusiasm only seems to stretch to family history).

I have a day off work tomorrow, the weather is supposed to be hot and sunny and I am seriously considering that I ought to stay at home and do some filing. What is wrong with me?

I have made some progress with my paper folders, I now have a bundle of pages from my GASSON research that I need to double check and make sure they are on my PC somewhere before I recycle them. I have set up a folder for my original family documents and started filing BMD certificates in there as I have come across them.

Over on my PC I have been sorting out photos, making a start on transcribing some of the gravestones from last May’s visit to Framfield (yes, I am that far behind). Inspired by Thomas’ post over at GeneaBloggers I have started looking into tagging my photos, rather than trying to put all the important details into the filename.

I have even started scanning some of my BMD certificates, having settled on a resolution and file format that I am happy with. I just need to make a note of the settings so I can make sure that all future ones are the same quality as well.

Filenames are something that I am pondering at the moment, especially for things like census images and the BMD certificates that I have been scanning. It is about time I decided on a standard for my filenames and stuck to it, so I am going to set up a simple text file with templates for each document type, once I have decided what the filename should contain. Suggestions welcome!

All in all it has been a productive few days, there is still lots to do but I feel I am making progress in getting my family history organised, which will hopefully make my research much more efficient.

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