Ever wanted to do more in less time?

Ever wanted to do more in less time?  Tell me about it.

Here are 15 apps and/or online tools to help you with your genealogical research.

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HISTORYPIN

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.

ONE NOTE

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.

TREEVIEW

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You will need to subscribe at the TheGenealogist website if you want to view historical documents etc.

MYHERITAGE

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).

ROOTSMAGIC

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.

REUNION

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.

WDYTYA FORUM

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.

ANCESTRY

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.

INTERVIEWY

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.

FIND A GRAVE

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.

REMEMBERED.COM

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.

SKYMORIALS.COM

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.

CREATEYOURTRIBUTE.COM

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.

MUCHLOVED.COM

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.

STORYWORTH.COM

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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Do you have a favourite app or online website that I haven’t mentioned above?  If so, let us know in the comments below or at our Facebook page

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.

Yvonne.

 

Getting the family under control…

Do you have a handle on where every piece of paper is that belongs to your family?

After 40+ years of digging and delving into my ancestral line, my paperwork was in complete and utter disarray.  I have used a software program, RootsMagic for over 10 years and not even that was cleaned and cited correctly.  I was drowning in a sea of papers, not to mention a plethora of old photographs and memorabilia and I could weep at the 20+ years-worth of photographs and video clips that were neither catergorised or filed, just copied into numerous locations so that we eventually ended up with four copies of most things we owned.

Does this sound like you?

Twelve months ago, I made myself a promise, that I would not renew my Ancestry subscription until I had cleaned my RootsMagic database and my paperwork and memorabilia had been subjected to a radical overhaul.  I still don’t have that subscription, I make myself visit the local Archives and use their subscription purely and simply because it focuses me on simply getting the citations I need for the information I already hold.

How did I get in this mess?  Easy, I never did it properly in the first place.

Now, I have a super-duper new filing system where every generational family have their own file, it’s colour-coded and so simple to use.  It instantly highlights the important citable documents that I am missing, such as birth, marriage and death certificates and instantly provides me with copies of the census pertaining to the family’s residences.

Within the famiy files are separate pockets for each family member where I can add their certificates, if I have them, and easily keep all of my working papers for them together.  I could even extend the system to include an inventory of that person’s photographs or memorabilia if I decide to.

You can create a colour-coded filing system too in eight easy steps.

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Want a step-b-step video of how to do this, head over and watch the first Module of our Creating Your Legacy course for free.

What’s your biggest challenge in taming your family tree?  Let us know in the comments.

Here’s this week’s Tweetable:

 

Remembering Lilian Bowen

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This happy family shot was taken on the 11th September, 1943 but the bridesmaid just to the right of the bride, her sister, Lilian Bowen was just 23 in this picture.

Today, she would have celebrated her 95th birthday.  A stroke marred her later years in life and whilst I only personally met her once, she struck me as a very kind and caring and funny lady.  She reminded me very much of my own mum.  She was down-to-earth and would help anyone.  So let’s raise a glass to Lil today.

Happy Birthday, Auntie Lil, may your day be filled with love, laughter and happiness as all your days were to those who knew you when you were alive.

Happy 95th!!

Do you have any photographs and memoribilia of your family?  If so, share them with us on our Facebook page HERE and if you want to preserve the photographs and memoribilia of those you care for (and cared for) then take a look at our Creating Your Legacy course where you can watch the first module for free.

Or take a look around our Youtube Channel at our Memory Box Videos that share stories of my family, but also give you hints and tips on how to care for your memoribilia.
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MemoryBox Monday 13th April

Welcome to our new series of MemoryBox videos.  Each Monday, we’ll be sharing a video with you of our family memoribilia together with hints and tips on how to care for and preserve the items.

This week, we’re looking at a Victorian Gated Purse that belonged to my Great Grandmother Ann Maria Drew.  She was born in 1856 in West Bromwich, Staffordshire and was a Grocer on the 1891 Census.

Learn more about her, her beautiful purse and how to care for your leather items.

Oral Histories…

Learn how to take an oral history.  Record the memories of your living relatives to pass down the generations.

Are you a jumbled genealogist?

Need more structure in your paperwork?

Never have time to do more than record what you’ve found?

Let us help you overcome the jumble of paperwork and memoribilia that you have.

Let us help you create a system whereby everything is at your fingertips and you, and more importantly, other members of your family, will know EXACTLY what everything is, the significance of it, who it belonged to and who they were.

Sound good?

Head over to our Creating Your Legacy Training Course at KajabiNext and watch the first module for FREE.

Memoribilia…

Preserve your mementos – let us show you how in our easy-to-follow course.

Are you a jumbled genealogist?

Need more structure in your paperwork?

Never have time to do more than record what you’ve found?

Let us help you overcome the jumble of paperwork and memoribilia that you have.

Let us help you create a system whereby everything is at your fingertips and you, and more importantly, other members of your family, will know EXACTLY what everything is, the significance of it, who it belonged to and who they were.

Sound good?  If so, head over to our Creating Your Legacy Training Course at KajabiNext and watch the first module for FREE.

 

Memories…

Don’t lose your precious photographs, digitise and organise them; keep your memories alive.

Are you a jumbled genealogist?

Need more structure in your paperwork?

Never have time to do more than record what you’ve found?

Let us help you overcome the jumble of paperwork and memoribilia that you have.

Let us help you create a system whereby everything is at your fingertips and you, and more importantly, other members of your family, will know EXACTLY what everything is, the significance of it, who it belonged to and who they were.

Sound good?  If so, head over to our Creating Your Legacy Training Course at KajabiNext and watch the first module for FREE.

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Map Surnames with Locate My Name Website

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Locate My Name is a website that can give you a bunch of genealogical statistics about your first or last name. The site purports to offer first name information only as a curiosity and not for any professional purposes.

The surname search feature, however, can be used by historians to find valuable data about how peoples migrated from one area to another and where they settled.

A simple search option allows you to choose which country’s data you want to see, and clicking on your desired country leads to a new page containing a treasure trove of data.

The website allows you to see the recorded and estimated occurrences of your surname in your selected countries, a few other countries, and in the entire world. The site also gives etymological information for certain surnames.

When searching in a country, the tool will allow you to see in which parts of the country the name is most prevalent in.

Further still, the site gives you a list of Internet domain names which seem connected to the surname you searched for and another list for sub-domains and blogs. The last bit of information you’ll get is a list of first names that are commonly paired with your surname.

An interesting genealogical fact is that lots of families remain in the same area for generations, which means that surnames often have regional connotations. Of course, some surnames e.g. Brown or Smith are more common and are spread out more evenly than others, but such names are the exception rather than the norm.

Surnames that are imported into countries are usually clustered in port cities or huge metropolises. Where they appear in rural areas, they show that immigrants settled in particular villages.

The site also has translated sections in several other languages such as French, Italian, and many others.

So if you’ve been wondering where your ancestors originated from, give  Locate My Name a whirl, and you’ll gain a ton of information!