I’m a believer
Posted by Elisabeth Doucett on January 22nd, 2016
I’m officially a convert to Evernote. It took me awhile to get there but now I’m ready to sing the praises of this tool for genealogists.
Evernote is a program/app that you put on your computer/tablet/phone that allows you collect/tag and store information in a very logical, easy-to-recall system on your computer. Evernote also allows you to sync your information across all of your devices so that you can access it no matter where you are.
I use Evernote as I’m going through websites, looking for information about my Canadian relatives. Once I find a website with information that might be useful, I make and save a copy of it by using the Evernote “web clipper”. After I clip a page (or a segment of a page) I can store it on Evernote on my computer in notebooks and stacks. A notebook is a compendium of materials with a point of commonality (like a family). A stack is simply a group of notebooks.
If I’m researching a particular branch of my family like the Doucetts, I create a notebook for each individual that I’m researching. When I clip an item, I can move it right into the correct notebook. Evernote keeps track for me of the website URL from which the item came. I can also “stack” all of the Doucett family notebooks into one Doucett stack which makes searching for information even simpler.
You can use Evernote to collect and store any piece of information from websites, to photographs that you take on your cellphone, to scanned paper. You can even store emails. You can tag all of your materials, thereby making them even easier to track.
There are many, many resources online about Evernote and how to use it. You can find a whole page of resources on Cyndi’s List at http://www.cyndislist.com/evernote/how-to/ . Additionally, Curtis Library has a copy of “How to Use Evernote for Genealogy” available for borrowing in the Genealogy Room.
And, if that isn’t enough Marian Dalton, the library’s Tech wizard, will be teaching a tech meet-up on the basics of Evernote on Friday, Feb. 5 from noon to 1pm in the library’s seminar room. Liz Doucett will follow up with a tech meet-up on Evernote for Genealogists on Friday, Feb. 12 from noon to 1pm in the seminar room. We hope to see you at one of these sessions to learn about Evernote. In the meantime happy research!