It took me a solid month (and some change) to complete the FIRST part of this "little" project, but I DID IT! I now have 2704 media items within Family Tree Maker that are cataloged and organized and all duplicates are gone. I also have all information found in the media transferred to the tree (names, birth dates, death dates, spouses, places of residence, churches, burial information, etc.) and it has made a huge difference in the quality of my tree! I still have a long way to go (since I haven't even begun looking through the "genealogy" folder), but feel great knowing that I am on my way and can now quickly figure out if something is an extra copies that can be sent to the recycle bin.
Keeping media items organized is important, and yet many times, it tends to be one of those things that takes the back burner because of everything else that we want to get done! You may say "But it is in there, and I just want to focus on finding more documentation to prove what I have." But you very well could be making more work for yourself in the long run. When you attach a picture or a .pdf file, take the time to transfer the information and label it correctly. Otherwise, you may end up where I was, which has put an absolute end to my researching for a good long while. If you are where I was at the beginning of June, take the plunge! Even if you just commit to doing 10-20 minutes of sorting/organizing/cleaning up your media at each sitting. You will be happy you did it in the long run! If you have been doing this all along, way to go! You are much more with it than I have been. I started this journey as a clueless "newbie" enjoying a fun little pass time and have had to learn as I go along (which means there have been quite a few mistakes that I have had to learn the hard way). My hope for this post is that it will keep someone - ANYONE - from ending up where I was! Learn from my mistakes! There are plenty out there to make - skip this one and find another one that you can make! That way you can share it and help us skip it. Maybe, if we all come together, we can get away with sharing one "mistake checklist" rather than everyone completing the entire checklist alone! Think of the time we could save! Happy Organizing! Grab and drink (as heavy as you need it to be!) and dive in!