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  • May4

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    File Naming Convention - Files List

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    Lately I began to wonder if other researchers are as naming-convention-specific as I have become when it comes to saving records. Are they? Are you?

    I do my best to keep a standard convention for the various files types, but usually I try to keep the info within it flowing from the most general to most specific within it.

    For example, this is all one filename for a 1901 Irish Census document:
    File Naming Convention - detail

    The idea is: FileType.Year.Country.County.Town.Subtown.Address.SURNAME Names.NOTES.jpg

    While it looks a bit of overkill, it comes in especially useful with images – I use Google Picasa to work with my image sets locally. I have more than 4,700 images in my document folders alone – and that doesn’t include the few thousand family photos I have scanned so far, nor my newer and natively digital photos.

    In a perfect world, I would have used tags to categorize all of the images so I could search for things that way. But, that didn’t happen back in the early days of my research. However, the good news is that as you search within Picasa, it uses various things to find what you want.

    That includes the file names, folder names in addition to tags. So, my crazy-long file-naming conventions not only make them easier to parse when looking through folders, but help me break them into sets when searching in Picasa. Two birds with one pixel. or something.

    As a bit of trivia, did you know there’s also another neat search feature in Picasa?
    It can search for colors!

    Picasa search - White legsI’m not talking about file or folder names here- I’m talking about color within the image itself. So, type ‘BLUE’ in the Picasa search box and get all of them sky photos. Type ‘GREEN’ and get grass photos.

    Funnily enough, in my photo sets, if you type ‘WHITE’… the first result is a photo of my legs.

  • Apr12

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    I did not know this was a lucrative employment option.

    WWII Draft Card: Crab for a Living

  • Apr10

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    I found a very nice postcard of Oldřich and Božena hiding in my Babi’s old books. (Her mother’s name was Božena, but I’m pretty sure she wasn’t THE Božena.)
    Oldrich & Bozena Postcard

  • Mar9

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    The resources linked below have generally made their way around the genealogosphere in the last week or so, but I just thought I’d post them for quick access later…

    Last month’s Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2012 has posted presentations and workshop handouts for your downloading pleasure here.

    You can find RootsTech 2012 videos online here.

    NARA has put Popular Know YourRecords Workshops Online for First Time!

    Duck On A Bike BookMy 5 year old daughter has drawn me a picture of a duck in a pond. (Not to be confused with the book at right, which is not only one of her new favorites to read, but whose title is my new non-offensive workplace interjection.)

    (OK those last ones aren’t genealogy-related, but I was on a roll.)

  • Mar2

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    My grandmother Marie Simanek emigrated from Predmir, Czechoslovakia to New York in 1922, then returned home in 1926 to ask permission to marry my grandfather Joseph Vanac.

    In this photo she is returning to New York – with approval to marry! (She is the upper left-most woman in the rear. Click on the photo for a larger image.)
    It was taken in September, 1926 on the S.S. George Washington.

    Group Photo - SS George Washington, circa 1926

    The photo as a whole is one of my favorites, but the ladies at the bottom are my favorite favorite.

    Group Photo Crop - SS George Washington, circa 1926