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# Thursday, July 11, 2013
Using Evernote to Organize My Genealogy Research
Posted by Diane

My former method of genealogy research organization was to email myself notes and records, or use notekeeping gadgets on my iGoogle page.

But with the emails getting buried in my in-box and the impending retirement of iGoogle, I wasn't very organized.

Then I started hearing more about the Evernote web clipper and note-taker, and we began planning an Evernote for genealogists webinar with Lisa Louise Cooke (it's July 25—more details below).

So I gradually started using it, like this:
  • I set up a Genealogy notebook "stack", and within that, notebooks for branches I'm researching.
  • When I need to put a record to request on my genealogy to-do list, I make a note in the appropriate notebook (usually I just copy and paste a catalog record and URL from a repository website) and tag it with the last name, the repository or website, and other relevant tag.

  • Next time I plan to visit some repository, or if I want to focus on a particular family, I can pull up all my notes with the right tags, and there's my to-do list.
  • If I'm away from home, I can add a note using the Evernote app on my phone. I can snap a picture of a record or photo and attach the image to my note.
Here's a peek at what it looks like. Everything in one place, and viewable from anywhere:



I'm feeling a lot less scattered, genealogy-wise, these days. I also use Evernote to keep my grocery list and save business cards, and it helped me get organized for our vacation last month. It's free, unless you need a LOT of storage.

I'm sure there's a lot more I could be using it for—sounds like you can share notes with other researchers and relatives, perform text-recognition of images to make them searchable, annotate images using something called Skitch, set up tables, and more.

So I'm looking forward to the webinar with Lisa. It's called Organize Your Research With Evernote, and it's on Thursday, July 25 at 7 p.m. ET (that's 6 p.m. CT, 5 p.m. MT, 4 p.m. PT).

And you can save $10 if you register now (this early registration offer expires July 18).


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Thursday, July 11, 2013 10:25:32 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [4]
Thursday, July 11, 2013 4:01:59 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Hi Diane,

I don't have Evernote on my computer (yet), however, I noticed that I do have OneNote 2010, a Microsoft product. I was just wondering if this program is somewhat similar and useful.

Yvonne
Yvonne Evans
Thursday, July 11, 2013 4:04:54 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
I am definitely going looking for this program - it sounds like it will really help me in my research. Thanks for the review!
Thursday, July 11, 2013 8:18:53 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Have Everrnote and love it. I'll be away on a genealogy research trip on July 25th. Will you have the webinar again? Thanks.
Michelle
Friday, July 12, 2013 10:28:35 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Hi, Yvonne, they are similar. We had a "Quick Guide" comparison of Evernote and OneNote in the March/April 2013 issue, available at http://www.shopfamilytree.com/family-tree-mar-apr-2013-digital-download-u6772. I haven't used OneNote, though.

Michelle, the Evernote webinar recording will be available after the live event in ShopFamilyTree.com. If you register for the July 25 live webinar but don't attend, you'll still get access to view the webinar as many times as you want.
Diane
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