Thursday, June 30, 2016

More Evernote News

For those of you who are already using Evernote - or thinking of it - you should know that they have revised their pricing plans.  The type of plan you choose depends on how you intend to use Evernote and how many devices you want to use it on.  For those of you just starting out - I recommend the Basic, free account. You can always upgrade if you feel you need to add more devices or services.  For genealogy purposes, if you are simply using Evernote as a web clipper on your desktop or laptop and maybe using it to scan documents, etc. from your phone, most of you will find the Basic service more than adequate.

Evernote posted all the information about the changes in a recent blog post, which I recommend you take a look at.  The summary is:

Evernote Basic

The easiest way to get started with Evernote, Basic has been and will remain free of charge. Evernote Basic supports web clipping and note sharing, so you can capture memories, ideas, and inspiration and save them forever.

On Basic, you can access notes on up to two devices, such as a computer and phone, two computers, or a phone and a tablet, as well as on the web, so you can continue to take your notes with you throughout your day. Passcode lock on the mobile app, formerly a paid feature, is now available on Basic as well.

Evernote Plus
$3.99/month or $34.99/year (save 27%)

To stay in sync across all your devices, consider Evernote Plus. You’ll also enjoy the ability to take notebooks offline on a mobile device, so your notes will be with you wherever you go, even when there’s no Internet connection. You can forward emails into Evernote and keep them alongside related notes, complete with attachments, and 1 GB of upload space each month means you can keep all your projects together.

Evernote Premium
$7.99/month or $69.99/year (save 27%)
Get the full power of Evernote with Evernote Premium, a set of tools designed to help you go paperless and take ideas into action across all your devices. Find text buried inside Office docs. Annotate PDFs. Discover connections between notes, turn business cards into phone contacts, or present your work with one click. Premium includes 10 GB of monthly upload space, and you have all the benefits of Plus and Basic, too.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

How To Use Evernote For Genealogy

8 Ways to Begin Your Genealogy Journey Using Evernote

At our last meeting we spent a few minutes looking at how to use Evernote. Today on The Evernote Blog they posted about Kerry Scott's book, How To Use Evernote For Genealogy. If you are interested in purchasing the book, you can go to and pick up the paperback for $18.99. Or you can go to and pick it up the Kindle edition for $12.99. The paperback version is $21.32 at Amazon, BUT you have the option to purchase a used copy for as little as $13.83.  I buy a lot of reference books - and I purchase the ebook version most of the time, but when I want an actual book, I usually purchase a used copy. Just make sure you check the shipping costs before you order. Sometimes a used copy with shipping is more expensive than a new copy from Amazon - and if you are a Prime member, shipping is free and you get you book in two days!

If you are serious about learning more on how to use Evernote effectively, I highly recommend you grab a copy of this book. I know some of you who attended the last meeting might have signed up for Evernote and are learning how it works - so bring along your insights and questions to the next meeting.

Friday, June 24, 2016 World Indexing Event

For 72 hours between July 15 and 17, thousands of family historians will gather together online to see how many records they can accurately index in an attempt to make more free family history data available online than ever before. Even if you’ve never indexed a record, or only have a small amount of time to dedicate to the event,your contribution will make a difference.

If you are interested in taking bit of time to give back something to the genealogy community by way of helping make more records available, online, to everyone - this is your chance.

Family History Daily has a post that will give you all the information you need.  Also, if you scroll down to the bottom of the page, there is information on a new genealogy course they are offering.  You might want to check that out as well.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Spreadsheet Secrets to Organize Your Genealogy

Many of you have expressed an interest in learning how to organize your genealogy research using spreadsheets. has an interesting video course entitled Spreadsheet Secrets to Organize Your Genealogy.  At $40, it is a bargain. One of the best parts of the course (in addition to being a video) is that it teaches you how to create the spreadsheets you want to use for your research.  D.I.R.T. is in "summer casual mode" through August and we are not doing any presentations - so any of you with some spare time this summer might want to purchase and download this course and see what you can learn about spreadsheets.  

If you do, we would love to hear what you learned!