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Harness the powerful, timesaving organization features of Evernote's free software and mobile apps to manage your genealogy research. This comprehensive user guide explains how to organize all kinds of genealogy clues--from notes and e-mails to vital records and audio files--so the information is easily searchable, accessible on any device, and automatically backed up in the cloud. Step-by-step instructions show you how to organize research materials, analyze research clues, collaborate with cousins, and share your family history.
Whether you're an Evernote newbie or dedicated user, How to Use Evernote for Genealogy will change your research life--by showing you how this free tool can make you a better, more efficient genealogist.
Who Should Get This Book
You'll love How to Use Evernote for Genealogy if ...
- You want new, efficient ways of preserving and organizing your genealogical findings
- You're new to Evernote and want to know what the software has to offer
- You're a veteran Evernote user looking to become a power-user
- You want tips, examples, and worksheets to help you get the most out of the hottest note-taking application
How to Use Evernote for Genealogy features:
- Evernote tips and strategies specifically for genealogy researchers, with real-life examples
- Step-by-step instructions for managing different types of genealogy information, from research notes to document images to web clippings
- Tricks for using Evernote to speed up research tasks, including transcription and research logs
- Suggestions to search-optimize your Evernote data so that your information is easy to find
- Ideas for enhancing Evernote with external apps
- Tips to protect your data and troubleshoot common issues
- Worksheets to help you organize your notebooks and stacks
Excerpt: Sample Tips
Here are some tips you'll find in How to Use Evernote for Genealogy:
1. Think outside the note. Evernote's known for its text notes, but that's just the beginning of what you can record in the program. Use Evernote's camera feature and its audio recording capabilities to preserve your family memories of all kinds. You can also upload PDFs to Evernote and tag them, and users with a paid Plus or Premium subscription can even annotate PDFs and import e-mails.
2. Don't go tag wild. Evernote has a useful tagging feature that allows you to easily comb through your notes for information related to a particular phrase. While it can be tempting to tag every possible word associated with your note, use only the most relevant tags when filing your notes. Evernote will already search the words within a note's text, so avoid tagging notes with words already there. Instead, use tagging to cross-reference notes and group them together.
3. Lock down your data. You might start using Evernote for genealogy, but there's a good chance you'll end up incorporating the program into other areas of your life that have more sensitive data. While your great-grandfather's baptism certificate isn't likely to attract the attention of hackers and thieves, your tax information from last spring might. Be sure to use Evernote's security features, including double password protection, to keep that information safe and secure.
4. Sync across your devices. You'll be hard-pressed to find an Internet-ready device that Evernote doesn't work on. Make the most of Evernote's versatility by downloading the app on all of your devices. This will give you access to your data wherever you go. For those concerned about preserving their cell phone data, adjust your preferences in Evernote to only sync when your device is connected to Wi-Fi.
Contents of How to Use Evernote for Genealogy:
- Chapter 1: Getting Acquainted with Evernote
- Chapter 2: Getting Started in Evernote
- Chapter 3: Organizing in Evernote
- Chapter 4: Finding Data in Evernote
- Chapter 5: Taking Advantage of Tags
- Chapter 6: Using Different Types of Data
- Chapter 7: Sharing and Collaborating
- Chapter 8: Putting It All Together
- Chapter 9: Syncing and Securing Your Evernote Data on Mobile Devices
- Chapter 10: Enhancing Evernote with External Tools
- Chapter 11: Protecting Your Work
- Chapter 12: Troubleshooting
- Appendix A: Evernote Quick Reference Guide
- Appendix B: Census Extraction Templates
- Appendix C: Genealogy Conference Planner
- Appendix D: Research Worksheets