As more people carry smart phones and tablets on a daily basis, we want to be able to use those devices in our genealogy research.
Here are few apps that I could not live without (note: I use Apple devices, so this post will not cover Android and other operating systems; however, please leave comments about ANY of your favorite apps).
- Maps – this is essential when I’m on a genealogy road-trip, for finding cemeteries, courthouses, places to have lunch, etc.
- Evernote – Evernote is my go-to app for storing everything, so it includes all kinds of genealogy notes that I may need to access.
- Goodreads – I keep a list of genealogy books that I own and a wish-list of books I want to buy. This prevents me from buying duplicates and ensures that if the opportunity arises, I have the exact name and author of books that I want to purchase.
- Gedview – this is a handy little app that lets you upload a gedcom from your desktop genealogy program.
- RootsMagic – this lets me access my actual RootsMagic file via Dropbox.
- Dropbox – I like to keep my genealogy photos in my Dropbox account, so that I can show them off if the conversation turns to family history.
- Ancestry.com – I love being able to view my source documents no matter where I am.
- WordPress – I mostly use this for reading and responding to comments on my genealogy blogs throughout the day, although you can do more. It’s so much easier to stay on top of things.
- Flipboard – I use this to stay on top of my Twitter feed and read posts from the many genealogy blogs that I follow.
- Toodledo – this is a task-tracking app that I use for all my to-dos, genealogy and otherwise.
- Instagram – I use Instagram for genealogy purposes when I’m in cemeteries that have old, worn headstones. I can add a note with the name on the headstone, so that if I can’t read it in the photo, I still know whose stone it is.
I use other apps, as well, but these are my faves for genealogy.
What apps can’t you live without? Let us know in the comments.