New Year-New Start with Organization
January 27, 2014
January is a great month for all kinds of new goals; it’s a month famous for resolutions. One resolution that is no doubt on many genealogists’ to-do list is to get organized. This is often easier written down than done. Organization can be overwhelming and, if left unorganized for long, can seem an insurmountable task. But have no fear! There are many free apps to help you reach your organizational goals.
As anyone who has been doing genealogy for years or just beginning soon realizes, organization is a great help during researching. Knowing what you’ve already researched or creating a research plan is a great way to approach genealogy. Evernote is one app that can be extremely helpful when organizing research. This app (which works with computers, smartphones, and tablets) allows you to create notebooks and notes, much like folders and files, and is a perfect way to create research checklists as well as research logs. Evernote also has a website where you can access your information.
Another great tool is Trello. Much like Evernote, Trello has a website as well as an app which provides an easy way to organize information of all kinds, not only genealogy. Trello’s approach is a visual layout, think storyboards with cards. This can be very useful when laying out an ancestor’s life or tracking a family unit. Users can add labels to cards or change the background color of boards to provide further organization.
These are just a few of the many free apps that are available. The ability to sync between computers to phones and beyond gives the researcher more options and organization possibilities. If you are interested in learning more about using Evernote with your genealogy research, check out MGC’s upcoming class on March 28. Happy organizing everyone!
Midwest Genealogy Center