I am an Evernote lover. If that word is foreign to you, stop reading this post and download Evernote to your computer, your laptop, your tablet, your smart phone now! I guarantee you will wonder how you ever lived your life without Evernote!
Without giving you a whole Evernote tutorial (you can find lots of them on youtube), I will just say that you can use Evernote for everything from basic note taking to digital genealogy files. When we “go to town” once a week for groceries, I am completely lost if I don’t have my phone with my list on Evernote. If I have a brilliant thought, even in the middle of the night, I reach for my phone and click on Evernote to record that thought. Anything I don’t want to forget becomes a note in Evernote. When I find and scan an ancestor picture, it goes into Evernote. When I take notes at RootsTech, they are stored in Evernote. If a friend tells me how to make her scrumptious blond brownies, the recipe goes in Evernote. You can save an entire web page with one click. These are some examples of my genealogy notes/files on Evernote:
And best of all, no matter where I am or what device I have or don’t have with me, I can access my Evernote files. Your notes are stored in the cloud and you don’t have to worry about them. You can organize them in any way using notebooks and you can search by word if you lose a note in your filing cabinet. It’s like carrying my office around with me! My genealogy is at my fingertips as well as the most mundane items of my life.
Evernote is free unless you use too much space, but even at that I only pay $5.00 per month for all this peace of mind.
Seriously, it would take many long blog posts to outline the benefits, so just give it a free try and I know you will love it for storing your genealogy.