Ok, time to tidy up my Genealogy folder before I go any further – I’ve already got almost 100 source images using a variety of file naming conventions. I need to pick a winner and stick with it…
I seem to have accumulated 3 varieties for each vital record type:
Style 1 is how I started out; Style 2 came after one of the classes at University of Strathclyde; Style 3 is straight from FindMyPast when you click to save on their site. (This saves a lot of time compared to say, ScotlandsPeople where you have to make up your own filename from scratch).
Style 1 is wrong in that surnames are not capitalised and it doesn’t include the source reference number.
Style 2 corrects these deficiencies. But I seem to have a mixture of
forename_SURNAME and vice versa 😦
I like the abbreviated event type of Style 3, but I think forenames should be lower case for clarity. It also seems the Census format does not match BMD format for some reason…
So, I think I’m going to go with Style 4 instead:
where E = B/M/D/C
This will mean I have to make minimal changes to my existing Style 2 files and can take advantage of FindMyPast’s file name assignment in the future with minimal editing. A Win/Win result?
Q. What file naming convention do you use?