How do you organize your family history documents? This can be a daunting task with ancestral photos, research logs, histories, certificates, and so on. A well organized "file cabinet" of family history information makes it easy to find things.
While there are many different options discussed "out there", many of them have common options.
Some tips are described below:
For my family history files under a surname folder, I create subfolders with the names of the individuals. Notice in the "Sample Images" popup that there are dates in front of the individual's name. This is so that the computer will sort the names in chronological order. I also placed the married names in parenthesis. If the female had more than one husband I would note that as (husband 1, husband 2, etc).
There are several different ways to file your documents. I used to create subfolders such as "Documents", "Certificates", "Photos", "Research", etc. however I soon found that I like a "Time-Line" view of all files. All the files sort by year, so birth information is at the top and death events or documents at the end of the timeline.
Tips For Naming Your Files: