I don’t know about you, but I use Evernote every single day. Not just for my genealogy items, but for travel, gardening, recipes, receipts and more. But we are here to talk about one way that I use it to keep track of genealogy items I need to return to.
This morning I was clearing my PC desktop of a few items that I had saved there for easy access. I don’t like my desktop to be cluttered, so I try very hard to keep items to a minimum. That is true of both my PC desktop and my real desktop.
Here is a view of what my PC desktop looked like this morning.
At least half of those items need to be moved. I’ve circled all that need to go. My desktop will look much better by this afternoon.
Of course it’s never just one, two, three. Because the first item I went to was the little icon that is only identified as Img_0555.
I opened it up and it turned out to be a document about a possible ancestor who served during the Revolutionary War.
TIP: Don’t do what I did when I saved this image. I did not note where it came from. As a result I began by going online and trying to find this image and other information about Joseph Thorp from Livingston County, Connecticut.
I found quite a bit of information in a book I located on Google books, but I don’t want to work on that particular project this morning. This book is viewable in part, on Google books, but is still in copyright as it was published in 1932. Therefore, I cannot download a copy.
This is when I find Evernote invaluable.
I created a note titled “Book About the Revolutionary War Records of Fairfield, CT.”
In it, I have put notes and links so that I can return to this information and take the time to record it.
Click here to see the note I created
I currently have 2393 notes in Evernote. I am a premium subscriber because I want to support the company. I rarely use the upload limit available to me, but for $5 a month I like knowing I have that option.
What other types of things have I saved to Evernote that might be valuable to us as researchers? Here are some examples from my own notes in Evernote.
Examples of Old German Handwriting and Type and a page from a yearbook that was sent to me by a cousin.
How about a newspaper article I found about my 1st cousin 4x removed marriage in 1855? Or a list of members of the 105th infantry from the Civil War listing one of my Gillen ancestors?
There are SO many other ways I use Evernote on a daily basis. How do you use it?
There are many YouTube videos and books about using Evernote. There is even a Facebook group that I belong to where we share our tips with one another. The group is Evernote Genealogists.
I look forward to hearing from you about how or if you use Evernote.
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