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From: "Bonnie Kohler" <>
Subject: Re: [APG] computer file systems
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2008 19:24:38 -0400
I'm sure some or all of you have set up some simple
(hopefully) file systems for your genealogy and other
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I recommend Dan Gookin's book _PCs for Dummies_. He explains, step by
step, how to set up folders and sub-folders on your computer. It takes only
minutes to learn. I think the system is "golden." There is no need for
special organizing software for your files if you follow the system of
folders on your C-drive.
Here are a couple of examples of how my folders are organized.
I have an E-MAIL folder that contains only personal e-mail. Inside the
E-MAIL folder are sub-folders for the years I have saved the mail, including
a folder for 2008. Inside the 2008 folder, is a folder called BK E-mail (my
sent mail), a folder called EK E-Mail (e-mail received from my daughter),
and so on
Next, I have a GENEALOGY folder, which contains many sub-folders. One of
those sub-folders is called "SURNAMES A." Inside "SURNAME A" is a
sub-folder for ABBOT. Every e-mail, picture, document, map, etc. that
pertains to Abbot is in that folder. I keep all of the main documents for
Abbot in the main ABBOT folder. If I have been working on Abbot for years,
I'll add sub-folders for the years, so that I don't have to pour over dozens
of files to find e-mail that was exchanged in 2008.
The term sub-folder sounds scary, but it's not. It simply means a folder
inside of another folder. It's a way of keeping the Abbots and the Adams
separate in the SURNAMES-A folder.
Hope this helps.
Bonnie Dunphy Kohler
Member APG Florida Chapter