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New Presentation Idea: Tech Tools for Technologically-Challenged Genealogists — 11 Comments

  1. Chris, I lead a “workshop” monthly for our genealogical society, and I’ve often mentioned DropBox and EverNote. But I think using EverNote in genealogy would be a good presentation all on its own. I personally have never seen the advantage to using transcription software since you can just open two windows in a screen.

    I just used EverNote in the last couple of days to plan my research in Salt Lake City next month. I set up a notebook called “Salt Lake City January 2012” and have created a note with each county of research. I copied and pasted the information from the old catalog. Since the text is in tables in the old catalog, it’s editable and I can insert notes to remind myself what I’m looking for or to take notes as I look at the microfilm.

    • Patti,
      I’ve not used the transcription software that much recently, although some swear by it. Since Win 7 makes it easy to use things side by side, that’s generally how I’ve done things lately.

      I can create all kinds of notes – I just wish I could create a trip to SLC ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Chris, I like your list. I would add Box.com (when I sign up on a mobile device, I got a bonus — 50 GB instead of just 5) and BackUpMyTree.com (automatically backs up GEDCOM files and database files from RootsMagic, Legacy, TMG, et al).

  3. Chris, this is an interesting concept. I think it just might be a winner. Most of these are topics on which whole presentations are/can be given, but that can be a little intense for many at the low-tech level but might be good follow ups to this idea.

    • I’ve heard of it, but never used it, I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for the suggestion!

  4. Chris,

    I’ve been thinking about something similar. The one tool I use all the time that I don’t see listed is a multi-clipboard. I use M8’s FreeClip, but I’m sure there are others. Absolutely indispensable for writing source citations, even if you use source citation templates in genealogy databases.