As genealogists, it is incredible how we are always increasing our technical skills. Gone are the days when the only technical skills required were knowing how to use microfilm and microfiche readers. Now, I seem to spend a good part of my week learning about blogging, tweeting, and other social media and improving my computer and photoshopping skills — all to help find my elusive ancestors, learn and share.
Several months ago, my friends and I dove into the Evernote world — and now I cannot do without it. I wanted to find a way to keep on top of all the online articles I find and better organize my research notes and to-do lists. (I also figured I would appear to be a better genealogist if I knew how to use Evernote, although I’m not sure how well that’s working for me.)
Here is the path I took to become somewhat savvy about Evernote — or Devernote as my sassie friend likes to call it. By last December, I had even learned how to simplify my Christmas shopping using Evernote.
1. To get started, I invited a couple of friends over for lunch so we could learn to install Evernote together. I figured what one may not understand, the other would. Two of us brought our laptops and the other brought an iPad. After much laughter — and some wine, I think — we sort of figured it out.
2. Then, I signed up as a premium member on Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems. It was well worth the price of admission. There, I watched six of the eight how-to videos, including the first one where Ms. Cooke walked me through the installation step by step. Soon, I plan to watch the latest two videos, How to Organize Your Research with Evernote and Making Evernote Effortless.
3. Next, I watched Caroline Pointer’s free video, Evernote for Genealogy Organization, that includes free templates.
4. Yesterday I learned that Cyndi Ingles of Cyndi’s List fame has started a new blog, Evernote was Made for Genealogy. The Devernote world is getting better.
So, yep, I’m hooked.