From major family research companies like Ancestry.com to small oral interviewing applications like Saving Memories Forever, the entire genealogy community has recognized the importance of being available for iPad, iPhone and Android. Check out some of our recent reviews, as well as round-ups of our favorite social and photograph-sharing apps for genealogists.
Biggest draws: Lovely to look at and intuitive to use; ability to view original source images attached to your tree; search and upward integration with Ancestry.com; even works on your phone
Drawbacks: Lacks regular source citations and help/tutorials; limited searching within your file; clunky downward integration with Ancestry.com when you’ve changed your online tree | Read Our Review
Manufacturer: Leister Productions
Biggest draws: Makes excellent use of the iPad interface; navigating trees and switching views is a snap; slick and seamless integration with files on your Mac. Also available for iPhone
Drawbacks: Occasional bugs (freezes, additions to memo fields don’t sync with Mac)
Price: Free basic account, $3.99 a month for additional features and unlimited usage
Manufacturer: Saving Memories Forever
Biggest Draws: Easy-to-use voice recorder for sharing oral history and documents with others who have Saving Memories Forever accounts
Drawbacks: Organization of files is limited to predetermined categories and questions, allows audio files only
App Requirements: App requires iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with iOS 4.3 or later; Android 2.2 and later
Demo/Trial Version: Click here | Read our review
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