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Here are 15 apps and/or online tools to help you with your genealogical research.
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Pin old family photographs of a known area on to an interactive map and search for thousands of images uploaded by museums and archives. Great for comparing changes to the places where your ancestors lived or worked, as it overlays historical scenes on to Google Street View. Browse by date or location to find images and stories behind them.
All family tree researchers need a good filing system and One Note is proving a credible competitor to the popular Evernote app. Incorporate digital photographs of old letters, clippings from genealogy websites, videos and audio interviews into your searchable notes, share them with relatives and sync with all your devices.
Build easy family trees that you can view on or offline with its easy function to connect and create a family tree fast by harvesting relative’s details from Facebook.
You will need to subscribe at the TheGenealogist website if you want to view historical documents etc.
Tool for creating and editing your tree, incorporating photographs and a basic search facility but requires a subscription to view results. It is renowned for its worldwide genealogy community, helping you link to overseas family (incorporates 32 languages).
Links with Dropbox and iTunes so that you can view trees and research logs created with RootsMagic desktop software. Gedcom files can also be converted from other genealogy software companies for viewing as RootsMagic files while you are out and about. Contains tools, including a date calculator, perpetual calendar, and relationship calculator.
An add-on for the family tree building software programme, Reunion.
Easy to use and with detailed but simple layouts. Only for those who have the full software packaged installed on a Mac.
Who Do You Think You Are? magazine is the UK’s leading family history monthly. This forum app gives access to a rapidly growing genealogy community online.
Somewhere for newbies to ask for friendly pointers and for experienced hands to share advice. It is also a good place to pick up birth, marriage and death certificates.
Start building your family tree and find your ancestors in billions of historic records. This works best when used with a monthly subscription to the Ancestry website. Individual family records can be bought by non-subscribers for a small fee, which is useful, but an annual membership is more cost-effective.
Interviewing your family is the best place to begin. This voice recording app offers clear sound, good basic functionality and the option to tag audio files that you have saved.
If you want to keep the interviews for posterity, using a plug-in microphone with your smartphone or tablet will improve the quality further still.
Add photographs of headstones and transcribe memorial inscriptions to build up the database. Also lets you post a request for local volunteers to search for your ancestor’s headstone in a cemetery.
To maximise the results, use Find A Grave in combination with Billiongraves, another great app that’s suitable for Android and iOS.
Online rememberance site that is free to create a memorial but you need to upgrade to add more detailed information. Be aware that all online memorial sites are only available whilst we have clouds, internet, power etc. Should anything happen to our internet infrastructure, all that could be lost.
This is completely free and, like most other online sites, sits on a cloud to give access to everyone and pass on to future generations.
There are no costs and no opportunity to upgrade.
This is free and gives quite a lot of features but if you want to create more in-depth tributes there is a monthly and a lifetime fee.
A UK charity that is completely free with a lot of features. You are allocated 100MB of space free and asked to pay a small charge for each additional 50MB of space you require.
An online story site where you can record details by email, voice recordings and images and the beauty of this is that you can then have a book printed so that you have the best of both worlds; online availability and a physical memento.
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Hope this helps you gain a bit more time in your genealogy day, but if you’re anything like me then it you will probably spend more of your day ‘playing’ with the apps – LOL.
Have a great week anyway.