The free Evernote tool is made for managing research projects. Our six-step guide will help you use it for happily organized genealogy searching.
Everyone loves a happy ending, but when it comes to organizing your genealogy research, the story often ends on a sour note. The problem is twofold: You must identify the right organizational tool for you, and then adopt a system for using it that you can commit to. The expanding array of notes that you take as you research further complicates the problem: In just a few years, family historians have moved from paper-only notes to web clippings, audio, video, PDF files, scanned document images, and photos snapped with smartphones. And when your research takes you far from home, leaving all your notes behind just makes it harder to incorporate new finds into your system.
Evernote is the hero of this story, riding in on a white steed to rescue you. Genealogists are flocking to this free, easy-to-use note-taking tech tool because it addresses all of the challenges we mentioned. No matter how your family tree story twists and turns, Evernote lets you capture and retrieve all your research notes. Our six steps will help you get started with Evernote, set up your genealogy notes and make the best use of the tool’s fairy-tale organizational features.