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#1 bencason

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Posted 23 May 2015 - 10:46 AM

I received a large folder of documents related to my father after his death in 1994. As part of my transition from TMG to RM, I am including scans of some of the documents as evidence of various events/facts in his life. When adding the media, there is a date field in the Properties. Initially I was just entering the date I made the scan but further thought said maybe it should be a date from the media [if there is one] or when the document came into my possession.

 

How could/should/would this date be used?



#2 Vyger

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Posted 23 May 2015 - 05:08 PM

Many media programs will allow sort by capture data which I treat as the date of the document. Think carefully about Date Taken, Date Acquired and how you use them so you don't have to rethink your strategy in the future.


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#3 Laura

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Posted 23 May 2015 - 06:57 PM

It is user choice what to use the date for.

You could even enter dates for different reasons and enter the reason in the Reference number box.

Date:  1 January 2012   Reference number:  Scanned
Date:  3 May 2011         Reference number:   Acquired
Date:  12 July 2014       Reference number:  Pic taken
 



#4 Vyger

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Posted 24 May 2015 - 04:53 AM

Personally I try to treat each file as an individual standalone entity independent of your genealogy software, if the files become inherited by someone else they should stand on their own merit.

 

Some informative reading on metadata on the link below and plenty more elsewhere.

 

http://www.photometadata.org/


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Posted 24 May 2015 - 07:46 AM

Another interesting read

 

http://www.rideau-in.../labelling.html


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