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Census Image Downloads How to Organize
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A solution needed:
I don't include an individual's name in the file names. I download the entire census page image, and name it accordingly. One image file can have entries for multiple families of interest, plus the file is of a census page--I decided my filenames should reflect that fact.
00->1900 US Census Population Schedule
In the 'Comments' I store the date downloaded, the online source and citation info given by the online source . For this example, that is:
Ancestry 19 Jan 2008 Year:*1900; Census*Place:*Waukesha,*Waukesha,*Wisconsin; Roll:*T623*1822; Page:*9B; Enumeration*District:*141.
The census image files are stored:
So far, I haven't felt the need to create county folders. The primary criteria for grouping the files is how quickly I can find one later. People may differ on what works for them.
The individual's census citation references the specific household on the census page. The citation includes all the information I need to construct my filename (year, state, county, locality,additional locality info, image number), so I know what file holds the page image.
While doing the lookups and saving images, I save the filenames for a family/individual in a worksheet, so I know what file to use later for transcription/analysis, etc.