My former method of genealogy research organization was to email myself notes and records, or use notekeeping gadgets on my iGoogle page.
But with the emails getting buried in my in-box and the impending retirement of iGoogle, I wasn’t very organized.
So I gradually started using it, like this:
- I set up a Genealogy notebook “stack”, and within that, notebooks for branches I’m researching.
- When I need to put a record to request on my genealogy to-do list, I make a note in the appropriate notebook (usually I just copy and paste a catalog record and URL from a repository website) and tag it with the last name, the repository or website, and other relevant tag.
- Next time I plan to visit some repository, or if I want to focus on a particular family, I can pull up all my notes with the right tags, and there’s my to-do list.
- If I’m away from home, I can add a note using the Evernote app on my phone. I can snap a picture of a record or photo and attach the image to my note.
Here’s a peek at what it looks like. Everything in one place, and viewable from anywhere:
I’m feeling a lot less scattered, genealogy-wise, these days. I also use Evernote to keep my grocery list and save business cards, and it helped me get organized for our vacation last month. It’s free, unless you need a LOT of storage.
I’m sure there’s a lot more I could be using it for—sounds like you can share notes with other researchers and relatives, perform text-recognition of images to make them searchable, annotate images using something called Skitch, set up tables, and more.
So I’m looking forward to the webinar with Lisa. It’s called Organize Your Research With Evernote, and it’s on Thursday, July 25 at 7 p.m. ET (that’s 6 p.m. CT, 5 p.m. MT, 4 p.m. PT).
And you can save $10 if you register now (this early registration offer expires July 18).