As a long-time computer professional, I'm embarrassed that I didn't learn this till today.
You can add custom details and descriptions to any JPG file on your computer. Your customizations will stay with the file when you copy, move or share it.
The biggest benefit to customizing your image files' details may be this:
You can search for your customized description in a huge folder of images and quickly find the file you need.
|You can rename your images as needed.|
This works on Windows or Macintosh. In Windows 10, right-click the image and choose Properties. Then click the Details tab. Many of the fields are editable. I never thought to check that before!
|The Description and Origin sections are editable.|
Before diving into this project, I'm going to decide on a set of standards. What might I want to search for? Which details are most important? My first thoughts are:
- Person's name, year, and type of record (for example, Libera Pilla 1882 birth record)
- The person's relationship to me (for example, my great grandmother, or my paternal grandfather's mother)
- Which town the record comes from and the type of record (for example, Colle Sannita; birth record)
- The URL of the original image and the name of the source
I'd recommend giving lots of thought to your own set of standards. Then start with the images that are most important to you. I'll start with wedding photos and my closest relatives' vital records.
|Searching is easy with customized descriptions.|
Now a quick search for my great grandmother's name and "birth record" brings up the right image.
How will image details make your family tree research a bit easier?
|Bonus: Select multiple images and edit their details at once.|