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Evernote is a free note taking software that syncs across all your mobile devices. I find Evernote is one of the most useful tools for family history research that I have. I have it downloaded on my computer where  everthing I have put into my Evernote resides. Evernote also keeps a copy of my information in ‘the cloud’ so that I can access it on my phone, ipad, or a different computer.

  • Evernote  is one of my favorite tools, not just for genealogy, but for keeping track of my life. It is my ‘personal assistant’ that lets me create and store notes, pdfs, or clip webpages.  I can not only use it to save photos and documents, but also to  email them right from the Evernote program. It also keeps my to do lists, and  functions as a type of research log, as everything I enter is date stamped, and can be viewed by date created. Because Evernote syncs across any internet accessible device I use, I can open up a project on any computer I am using, my ipad or smart phone.
  • Everything in my Evernote folders is always in sync, so no matter where I am – I am working with the same data. I can begin working on a document at home and save the document. Then if I go to an Archive, for example, I simply sign into Evernote, from a computer/ipad/phone,  and ‘voile’, there is the document I was working on.
  •  When I am researching on the internet, I often come across websites that I want to save for future reference, but don’t want to take the time to analyze at the moment. So I simply use the ‘web clip’ function to save the webpage, complete with URL into Evernote. Later I can locate the document by a simple word search. Evernote allows tagging, and you can also set up folders to further aid you in document and note storage.
  • I can take a picture with my cell phone, send it to Evernote, and then use it in a project. If I take a picture on my phone, I can tag it, and then organize and/or add text to it  at a later date. If I come across an article that I want to share, I can use the Evernote share feature, and upload or email any particular note. Everything stored in my folders can be searched and located by word, and that includes a photo with words visible, such as in a restaurant sign, or a pdf. I took a picture of my car license plate so I can quickly find it on my phone when I check into a hotel instead of running out to my car for the license plate number. I simply search by tag words, or the state my car is registered in.
  •  I also use Evernote when I’m taking a class. The obvious reason would be to take notes, but I can also take a picture with my cell phone of a whiteboard or a chart or drawing. Then Evernote makes it searchable for me.
  •  When I’m researching on a particular line for myself or someone else, I  pull together all the material I have saved, including any maps, which I also store in Evernote, and get to work.
  • You register for Evernote by visiting their webpage at www.evernote.com. A video on the main page will explain how it works. You can download it on a Mac or a PC. Once you have Evernote on your computer, you can access your documents or photos from any mobile device that has internet access. Evernote allows you to upload 60 MB a month, and that is usually plenty for most people. There is a premium service that currently is around $5.00 a month, if you find you need more space.

I could go on and on about why I love and use Evernote, but I’ll stop for now. What a great age for the genealogist to live in!

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