Organize Your Digital Files: Tips From Genealogy Guy Drew Smith

Quick — where is the image that you downloaded of your great-grandfather's will? How about the photo of your grandmother that you scanned or the GEDCOM that your cousin sent to you? Organizing digital files is a necessary task, but it can also be frustrating.


I had the opportunity to interview Drew Smith, co-host of the Genealogy Guys podcast (along with George Morgan). Drew literally wrote the book on organizing genealogy, especially those digital files. In this interview, Drew shares his tips for keeping it all straight. 

(Click the "play" arrow to watch this short video with Drew's tips.)

Key takeaways:

  • ​Having a structure is key.
  • Structure depends up what you need (the project, theme, etc.)
  • A good structure will be both searchable and browsable. (Drew explains why you need to be able to do both.)
  • Organization is personal; it needs to work for you. 
  • Think about how you name your files. (Drew gives some examples of how to do is so it makes sense to you and to others.)

Drew's book Organize Your Genealogy: Strategies and Solutions for Every Researcher is available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle

For tips on organizing paper files (and how to start transitioning to digital files), check out my interview with professional organizer Janine Adams. ​

(Note: the link to Drew's book on Amazon is an affiliate link.)​

Organize Your Digital Files

Posted: May 19, 2017.

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