There are apps that are specifically designed to be used by genealogists, and then there are apps that weren’t designed specifically for genealogy but can be extremely useful to genealogists. One such app is Evernote.
Evernote is an extremely handy app that can be used for a wide variety of purposes. People use the app as a productivity tool in the workplace. It can also be used by an individual person to keep track of important bits of data. Evernote is available at the App Store and at Google Play.
The Evernote app itself can be downloaded for free. There are three different pricing levels. “Basic” is for occasional users of Evernote. It is free and allows you to do three things: clip from anywhere on the web, share and discuss in Evernote, and sync across phones and computers.
“Plus” is for frequent users of Evernote. It costs $24.99 per year. It gives you all of the “Basic” stuff and more. You get offline access to notes on mobile, and can save emails into Evernote. It also adds a passlock code on mobile apps.
“Premium” is for people who want to use Evernote all the time. It costs $49.99 per year. It gives you all of the above features plus the following:
* Search in Office docs & attachments
* Turn notes into presentations
* Annotate attached PDFs
* Scan and digitize business cards
* View previous versions of notes
* See content related to your notes
Evernote can replace the little pieces of paper that genealogists use to jot down notes. Type that into the Evernote app instead (or use your phone’s camera to take a photo of the note for Evernote). That note will automatically sync so that it appears the same way on your phone as it does on your computer.
Use Evernote to clip interesting or useful articles from the internet directly into Evernote (using the Evernote Web Clipper). Doing so makes it easier to refer back to that information while you are using your phone. Make a note about the article as you read. Put in all the tangents that it makes you think of so you can research those later on.
Jordan Jones wrote a helpful post on the Evernote Blog for genealogists who want to use Evernote. He suggests using tags to help keep things organized. For example, he uses tags like “genealogy”, or “surname”, or a the name of a specific ancestor.
Another one of the things he suggests is to use Note Links to connect several random notes together. It is another tool that can help you search through Evernote for the exact information you are looking for. It is a good way to connect photos and documents that all belong to one project.
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