I gave a talk at the monthly meeting tonight about Evernote. Evernote is software that remembers everything so that I don’t have to. Given the powerful features that even the free version has, you’d almost think that it was designed specifically for genealogists.
I’m not going to re-hash my talk here. There are plenty of resources on the Web if you weren’t able to make it to my talk. I did tell those who were there that I would provide some resources, though, to help them to learn more about using Evernote specifically for their genealogical research.
YouTube resources for Evernote and genealogy
Let’s begin with a video that tells you about what Evernote is. I covered a lot of ground pretty quickly, so a brief recap might be helpful. This is an great (if a little bit campy) video which covers the basis of What Evernote Is in just a shade over six minutes.
Got it? Good.
Now let’s move on to HOW to use Evernote . The actual ins and outs of using Evernote were a little beyond the scope of my talk, since I was more keen to let folks know just want it could do. That’s often the toughest thing to get one’s head around.
But after you know what it can do, you need to know how to actually make it do that, don’t you? Here’s a concise video about 15 minutes in length which will tell you more about how to use it. It’s important to understand that since Evernote is on pretty much any device where you can use it (iPad, Android tablet, smartphone, and of course Mac and PC), how it looks in this video might not be how it actually looks on your device. Feel free to search Youtube for helpful videos for your specific device.
You’re now an expert on WHAT EVERNOTE IS and HOW TO USE EVERNOTE! Good for you! But how do can you harness its power for your genealogical research? The following video is just over an hour long and goes into everything from basics to genealogical best practices for Evernote. It’s a bit slow getting going, and it’s a little bit dry and wandering, but it has good information for you to learn about applying it in your genealogical life.
Pinterest resources for Evernote and genealogy
Are you a Pinterest user? I’m not so familiar with it myself, but if you follow this link, you’ll find a whole whack of pins about Evernote for Genealogy.
What are the problems with Evernote and genealogy?
As gushing as I was about Evernote, I’m sure that it’s not for everyone. When evaluating how well you can use something, it’s often helpful to understand why other people find that it doesn’t work. Thankfully, one blogger has written a lengthy but informative article of why Evernote doesn’t work for her genealogy research. Read Problems with Evernote and Genealogy on her website.
Get Evernote and power up your genealogical research
I’d promised that I’d give you a link that you can use to sign up for Evernote. For full disclosure, if you sign up for Evernote and you buy the premium version (which I can’t recommend enough), I’ll get a month of premium for free. Like I said, it’s probably my favourite $5 to spend every month. I don’t desperately need a month free, but, if you’re going to sign up anyway, I’ll gladly accept my reward.