My current plan of attack with multimedia files is to attach them all over the place. That is, wherever a piece of media has primary relevance, "let it be attached."
I'm a Master Source lumper (in most types of source), so items referenced from Ancestry will have a Master Source named just like the Ancestry database - sort of:
- example 1
- - Ancestry database: U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007
- - my Master Source title: US Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007
- example 2
- - Ancestry database: Texas, County Marriage Records, 1817-1965
- - my Master Source title: TX County Marriage Records, 1817-1965
My main revision in the Master Source title is to abbreviate state names and remove some punctuation. That makes predictive typing easier.
So a death certificate image will be linked to the Source Citation (which will be pasted to multiple people and facts) and to the Death fact for the individual. This puts the media in it's proper relationship with the Source Citation _AND_ makes it visible in the Edit Person screen.
- city directory images will be linked to a Source Citation and to Residence facts for each appropriate person.
- census images will be linked to a Source Citation and to every Census fact for which it is a reference.
Of course, since I started my database in 1988, my abilities and habits have changed over the years. Hopefully for the better. And that means that my database has a lot of inconsistencies in how well it follows the pattern described above. Ah, the joys of multi-decade research....