Evernote: Your Virtual Genealogy Assistant

From an article by Thomas MacEntee posted at …

How Genealogists Are Using Evernote

Evernote has been called a “researcher’s best friend” and given the tasks and work performed by genealogists, it makes sense that Evernote would be friendly to genealogists as well.

  • Capture documents: Save document images found online to Evernote and add annotations and source citations within the note. Also, use the mobile device camera to send a document image directly to Evernote.
  • Create a call list: Before you head to a library or a repository, research their catalog and create a list of items to be pulled or microfilms to access. Having this information in Evernote on a mobile device makes it easier to find exactly what you need in the stacks or to fill out call slips.
  • Capture images: There are many instances when you need to scan a document, but you either aren’t allowed to bring a mobile scanner with you or perhaps the repository’s photocopiers are out of service! Capture an image and then add source citation information right in Evernote. In addition, if you use your smartphone’s camera, you can email images directly to your Evernote account.
  • Create a to do list: Although some genealogy database programs do assist in creating “to do” lists for research, you can create your own on Evernote.
  • Collaborate with other researchers: Notebooks on Evernote can be shared with other Evernote users (they will need to have an Evernote premium account) so that you can collect common research elements.

Evernote: Your Virtual Genealogy Assistant

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