Having genealogy files organized on your Mac hard drive can speed the accomplishment of your research goals. Keeping files organized by person and place is key. And, because you’re on the Mac, you can easily and elegantly relate files and folders in a way that models the relationships of the people and places in your family history.
The first step is easy. You pick one place under which all your genealogy files will be stored. I suggest calling it “My Family History.” You could also substitute your surname for the “My.” For example, “[ismember][wlm_lastname][/ismember][nonmember]YourSurname[/nonmember] Family History,” or perhaps a maiden name.
If you are working on someone else’s family history too, I recommend creating another main folder for the their family. Often this will be a spouse. So in my case, if I wanted to keep my tree separate from my wife’s, I would create another main folder called “Puglisi Family History.”
If you can create a folder named “My Family History” within your “Documents” folder please do so and skip ahead to the next screencasts on creating the folders for people and places.
If you’re still with me, watch this video and follow along. I’ll walk you through creating the main folder for storing genealogy files on your Mac.
Next article in this series: Genealogy File and Folder Organization System for Mac, Part 2, Places.