Review: Folder Marker . . . A Great Way to Organize Genealogy Files

Genealogy author and educator Thomas MacEntee reviews Folder Marker, a product to better organize digital folder and file contents, even for genealogy and family history research!

Looking for a Better Way to Organize Genealogy Folders and Files? Consider Folder Marker!

Looking for a Better Way to Organize Genealogy Folders and Files? Consider Folder Marker!

One of the challenges for many genealogists and family historians is to keep your information organized. Especially in today’s digital age when more and more of us are researching online. Does this sound like you and your online research habits?

  • I save stuff to my desktop using PrtScn and Paste and my screen is an absolute mess
  • I just download stuff and leave it in the Download folder; then I spend lots of time looking for stuff
  • I am never sure what’s in a folder before I click on it; so I spend lots of time moving up and down the folder structure

Well join the club. And even with Windows 10, which offers the ability to customize folders using images and colors, the process is time consuming and difficult to use.

Solution: Customizing Folders using Folder Marker

When I started The Genealogy Do-Over in 2015, one of the focus areas I knew that I had to cover was how to organize digital files and folders. Besides looking at naming conventions such as starting with the surname in All Caps or starting with the document date in YYYYMMDD format, I want a way to visually identify items easily.

I recently took the Folder Marker product for a test drive using my genealogy files in Dropbox, and it does the trick for me! It is easy to download and install as well as easy to use. Folder Marker also offers me the flexibility to design folders the way I want and in keeping with my research habits.

Before and After Folder Marker

Usually I work in Windows Explorer and use the Details view which is small and difficult to read. NOTE: as I age my vision is getting progressively worse. I currently am near-sighted in one eye, far-sighted in the other, with some macular degeneration and I also tend to suffer from torn retinas. And since my genealogy business is very computer dependent, being able to view folders and files quickly and easily is so important to my success.

Here is what my Genealogy folder usually looks like:

Genealogy folder BEFORE using Folder Marker

And here is how it looks with the customizations applied via Folder Marker:

Genealogy Folder AFTER using Folder Marker

Special Icon Sets Available – Including Genealogy!

Folder Marker has developed several different icon sets that can be purchased as “add on” products. One is the genealogy set:

Genealogy icons at Folder Marker

“Now you can sort your genealogy documents and photos in folders with special icons for old photos, newspapers, school records, correspondence, cemetery records and even passenger lists. You’ll find 42 thematic genealogy folder icons in this set. Now all your files will be in the right place, and you’ll be able to find the folder you need at a glance.”

These icons, along with the base set in Folder Marker Pro have been very helpful in setting up a system of file and folder management that works for me and my genealogy research.

Technical Specs

Keep in mind that there are different VERSIONS of Folder Marker: Folder Marker Free, Folder Marker Home and Folder Marker Pro. I used the Folder Marker Pro with the additional Genealogy Icons set in my test drive and review. Click HERE for a comparison of the different versions.

Folder Marker Version 4.3 is a Windows based program (there is no Mac or iOS version). Folder Marker is compatible with Windows XP, 2003, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 or Windows 10, x32 or x64 editions. The download size is 11.1Mb.

IMPORTANT: You can “test drive” any of the Folder Marker products by clicking DOWNLOAD and then decide if you want to make a purchase.

Special Offer from Folder Marker

I’ve negotiated a special promo code with the folks at Folder Marker that let’s you save 10% off the base price of $34.95. Use code 25OrAboveForGift when you check out – offer is good through March 18, 2018. Click HERE for more information and a free trial download of Folder Marker!


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About the Author

Thomas MacEntee
Genealogy educator and author Thomas MacEntee has been researching his family history for more than 40 years and is the creator of Abundant Genealogy, Genealogy Bargains, DNA Bargains, The Genealogy Do-Over and numerous other web-based genealogy and family history properties.

1 Comment on "Review: Folder Marker . . . A Great Way to Organize Genealogy Files"

  1. Diane Hudders | 11 March 2018 at 5:03 pm |

    Genealogy technology expert Tamura Jones included Folder Marker in GeneAwards 2017! The Genealogy Folder Icons won Most Whimsical New Genealogy Product!

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