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Office managers, photographers, and genealogists create different kinds of files and need different strategies for organizing digital files.

But that doesn’t mean that because you’re a genealogist, ALL your files need to be organized in the same way.

Think about your genealogy work in terms of your different roles and it becomes obvious that you need more than one file organizing scheme.

Anytime is a good time to take a deep breath, step back, and think about what works and what might need adjusting in your genealogy workflow.

These books are my current favorites for sharing practical tips and positive encouragement to gain control of the mountain of research material and family resources that genealogists use every day.

Melanie Frick, an advocate for youth genealogy from Monrovia, California, is the 2016 recipient of The Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Genealogy Grant and Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree Scholarship.

At the age of twelve, Melanie inherited an early 20th century diary written by her great-great-aunt. She was fascinated by the stories of “barn dances, schoolhouse shenanigans, family gatherings, and the spread of Influenza in her rural community.”

For some time now, when I read about people conscientiously digitizing every single photo they own, I wonder what I’m missing. The “Scan Your Life” movement holds little appeal.

Those of us old enough to remember old-fashioned color slide shows can never forget family photo nights featuring seemingly endless plastic carousels of vacation snapshots. I want my family to call out “MORE” not “When will this be over?”

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