I currently have 365 Death Records that have been added-by-me as opposed to added-via-WebMerge. I name my files a quite bit differently than Ancestry. Here is a sample of my format:
-Death-SMITH, Jane Julie (Jones)(1900-1950).jpg
I prefix the filename with a dash so that records-added-by-me are sorted separately from those added via WebMerge. I find to be very important and useful when working with Media/Sources!
Next I add the Type-of-Record, i.e., Death, Birth, Marriage, etc.
Then I add the last name of the person in ALL CAPS. This sorts the files in the Media Folder by last name which is helpful when looking at family records.
That is followed by the First Name and Middle Name if known. I try to leave out nicknames and aka in filenames to keep them short and sweet. Very important info to add here is a Maiden Name for married women. It allows you to easily look her up in the People Index.
Lastly, I add info that separates this person from anyone else with the same name. How many William Smith’s do you have? I know that I have M-A-N-Y people with the same name in my database and I need to know which file goes with which person. In the case of death records I try to add dates, i.e., (Birth-Death).
I do not add the Source to the filename like Ancestry WebMerge does. I attach all my Media files to a Source and I have found that to be simple and efficient for the time being.
I try to leave the filenames that WebMerge uses alone as much as possible, however, I still find it helpful to add years or record numbers to distiguish between two people when the filename is the same.