Regarding the renaming of media imported from Ancestry TreeShare to RM
I have attempted to use numerous suggestions and hints for renaming the Ancestry media files (which have non-discrpt file names) to make them searchable in my RM media directory by perons names, dates, events, etc. My thinking has been that I needed to rename the files in this manner in both my media directory and in the RM Gallery. This has proven to be at best time consuming, tedious, and difficult, and at worst error prone.
After some months of trying to come up with a better strategy, I have decided to begin doing the following:
1) Allow media files to retain the Ancestry name ID in my media directory.
2) Use my naming conventions in the media caption field in RM
example - LastName, FirstName-Description-Date (Doe,John-Grave Marker-18xx)
The properties for the media will show the path to the Media Directory File (including the Ancestry Media ID).
You can search the RM media gallery by any of the text in the caption field, leading you to the Ancestry Media ID, which can then be used (if necessary) to search the media directory to find the given media file. The key is to use consistent media naming in the caption field.
Of course this method does not lend itself to a "direct" search of the media directory, without first searching the media gallery for the Ancestry media ID.
My experience has been that I really don't need to search the media directory independent of RM (or at least very seldom) so the above method is faster, cleaner, and does retain the Ancestry media ID (name) within RM.
I would like to hear other's thoughts on any "low wires" that I may be missing by doing this.