Tech Tuesday – Evernote #genealogy

July 12, 2011

I thought that I would share, from time to time, the tools that I use in my Genealogy Research.

Today, I had work done on my vehicle. I knew it was going to be a while, but I didn’t have a good, easy, way to get back and forth. Part of my Inferential Genealogy project, I had a book that I just can’t read at home. Of course, I am not a reader of books anyway.

As I have been reading this book, I have been keeping notes on note cards. Today, I took my laptop computer. Some of my notes may be used here on the blog and some may be put into my genealogy program. Depending on what I find.

The FREE program that I have on my Desktop computer, Laptop computer and my Android phone, is Evernote:

Evernote

Taking all of the notes I had on the notecard and entering it into Evernote. Now I don’t have to try to read my handwriting, and can format the information to make a little more sense, I then continued to read the book. Taking notes, entering the Source / Citation information, being able to bold certain things, like names, was very easy.

Well, we all have our ways of taking notes. By hand, it not my thing.

So why Evernote. I have had Microsoft OneNote on my PC forever. even had a number of “forgotten” notes entered, but didn’t use it very often.

When I hear about Evernote, I figured I’d give it a try. It brought all of  my OneNote notes / notebooks into Evernote. I have nothing bad to say about OneNote, only that I didn’t use it.

Besides the example just given, I take all of my notes from Webinars in Evernote. The speaker is speaking online in a Webinar and I have Evernote open ready to take notes.

What if you don’t have access to the Internet, like I did today, nor did I have my desktop with me. When I got back home, put my laptop online, Evernote made my notes available in Evernote and onto my Desktop PC. In fact, there were some “notebooks” on my Desktop that were also synced up to my Laptop.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t remember the medicine that I should be taking. There are “big” words for my medicine. Then, the doctor asks, what medicine are you taking, or do you need a refill? No problem, I have that on my Android smart phone. All I had to do was to show the doctor my phone. So, my medical information is on my smartphone using Evernote.

My research notes are in Evernote, not a problem, it’s in Evernote. This Inferential Genealogy project notes are there as well. I see a book, and article, and I have my  Android, I can take a picture or the book, or type information into Evernote and I have what I need.

I like choices. This tool has worked for me. I am sure that I don’t use all of the features that it provides, but it does what I need it to do.

I have no involvement with Evernote, only a user of the Free Download edition.

http://www.evernote.com/


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