When creating computer files of individual elements that have not been place into a manuscript, create (or divide into) an individual file for each item. Be sure the file name describes the content (Miami1988SrClassPhoto, JohnHenry-FuneralCard, etc.). If you are working with different file formats (word processor file, graphic file, GEDCOM, etc.) and are not familiar with the differences between the formats when presented with a list of file names, you may wish to file the elements in folders that represent what they are (Photos, documents, stories, etc.). At this point, they are all jigsaw pieces to your manuscript puzzle. If you begin gluing pieces together, such as placing three remembrances about different subjects, it will be harder to search out the individual pieces for your perfect match.

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