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!
See evernote.com for information about this product. Their symbol is an elephant and their catch phrase is “Remember everything.”