Having a good set of genealogy tools and gadgets helps to ensure you find your ancestors efficiently. Explore both genealogy and non-genealogy options. Having great genealogy tools in your research toolbox ensures you become an efficient and successful researcher. Fantastic software exists for the genealogy researcher to use to build a family tree or search far away records. Researching on the go? Explore genealogy apps to ease your search. Bonus: Many apps will sync across your devices making genealogy research a breeze where ever you go. So many smartphone apps are available to assist you in your research. The Best Genealogy Apps To Keep You Organized highlights some of my favorites. Looking to further your genealogy education? Many great podcasts are available and are perfect for long car rides or when working out at the gym. But did you know some great tools to use in your genealogy research are not specific to genealogy researchers? Some of the best genealogy project management and organizational tools are not specific to genealogy researchers. Best of all, many are free to use. Learn how to use them to your advantage. Learn to use Google Books in this post How To Find & Use Google Books For Genealogy Research. Tip: Google has a host of great products to use absolutely free. Learn how WordCat will benefit your genealogy research. Or learn how to get more out of your genealogy searches. Many researchers are not taking advantage of the different variety of searchers available. You might be surprised at what you are missing.
Learn how to use Google Photos for genealogy to store, back up and share old family photographs with family. Best part? It’s FREE. If you have been a reader of Are You My Cousin? for even a short period of time, you know I am a fan of Google. I routinely use Google Drive for creating timelines, taking notes, writing genealogy reports and ancestral stories. (I like to write!) Google Maps and Google Earth let me put my ancestors on the map – literally! Google Books? Well, it’s a favorite, too. [Google even interviewed me about it! Check out the video.] Now, let’s talk about Google Photos for genealogy. Google…
Genealogy research takes time. No one will deny that. One clue leads us to the next and the next and we just keep researching. We break through one brick wall only to be confronted by another time consuming brick wall. A “quick look up” turns into 2 hours of researching….. Dinner is late again! Yes, genealogy research does take time. But…. Are you utilizing good time saving research techniques and apps? Time Saving Apps For Genealogy Researchers Your best time timing research tool is your genealogy research plan. We have discussed in other posts the importance of being clear on your research objective to ensure research success and efficiency. Now…
Researching our ancestors often requires collaboration from other researchers. Makes sense, doesn’t it? Have you had the experience of attending a genealogy event in person? If you have, then you know some of the best learning and inspiration comes from talking with other researchers. You compare notes. You share your successes and your brick walls. And often….. Your next research inspiration comes from something another researcher says. Outside of a conference, where do you find other genealogy researchers with the same interests or researching the same lines? How to Use the Ancestry.com Member Directory Note: Most of the large genealogy databases have a type of member directory to facilitate research…
Facebook has been around for a long time now. Many I know have a bit of a love/hate relationship. Whether you love Facebook or just tolerate it, the fact is genealogists are on Facebook. Facebook is not just for the “young” social media minded. In fact, my teenager loves to remind me that Facebook is “old people social media”. Ahem…. well, moving right along. If you are looking to connect with family, find “long-lost” or distant relatives, or other researchers to collaborate with, Facebook is a great place to start. 4 Strategies for Using Genealogy in Your Genealogy Research