Evernote — a Great Organizational Tool

      Finding out about Evernote was another great thing that happened from one of Legacy’s webinars, this one the first I ever took, Digital Writing Tools for Genealogists, with Lisa Alzo.   She is a wonderful speaker and gives lots of good information and advice; I highly recommend your seeking her out.

     Evernote has changed my life.  I’m sure people say that about a lot of things (I probably do), but I am serious about Evernote.  This is a free program (with an upgrade available, of course) that lets you organize your life.  I am an organized person, but genealogy challenges that.  So much information of so many types on so many names, locations, events…
     I was guilty of the small scraps of paper that we all swear we won’t have.  And I often got so busy that I didn’t keep track of things (when, where, how, what still to do) the way I should.  And then there are those conversations with my parents, all the stories that I need to get down.  I was always going to do that sometime.
     Evernote has made it easier to do it now.
     When I hang up the phone with my parents, or end a Skype call, I go to Evernote and I type up the stories that we talked about.  I may not have all the details but I have most of them, and I can always ask for things I realize I didn’t quite remember, or understand.  It’s amazing how writing something down shows what we know — and what we don’t — about those family stories.
     So now I have all kinds of notebooks in Evernote.  My categories are still evolving.  I have journal entries where I talk about what I did that day, or my impressions of something, or what I want to do the next day.  I have all kinds of Genealogy notebooks:  Personal Stories, Searches, Software, Tips, To Dos, and even Wish Lists.
     My Tags are still evolving, too.  I think I probably have too many, but I’m sure that will work itself out.  At least I’m writing things down and I’m able to sort them in various ways — and I’m having fun with it.
     That’s one of the things I’m learning while I Survive the Recession:  you can still do genealogy and you can still have fun!
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See evernote.com for information about this product.  Their symbol is an elephant and their catch phrase is “Remember everything.”
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One thought on “Evernote — a Great Organizational Tool

  1. I also love Evernote. I use it to manage all the cool websites I find during my research. Especially those that I want to explore more at a later time. My husband and I also used Evernote to colloborate on a research project. I just had to share my notebook with him and he was able to view all my findings. Such a great tool!

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