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Research Notes 2019-7-1

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The Family History Library has posted their classes and webinars schedule for July. Here are the list of webinars:

     General Research Webinars[show]

     FamilySearch & FamilySearch Family Tree Webinars[show]

     United States Research Webinars[show]

     British Isles Research Webinars[show]

     European Research Webinars[show]

     Scandinavian Research Webinars[show]

     Latin America & Spanish Research Webinars[show]

     Portuguese Research Webinars[show]

     Indexing Workshops[show]

There are also a number of past webinars – and handouts – available. To learn more, visit the Family History Library and Webinars page on the Research Wiki.


Graphic - Family History Faire

One very useful tool for capturing and sharing your family’s history is a journaling app. Today’s digital journals are amazing. Not only can you take research notes, you can also include photos, scanned documents and other ephemera.


Here you are looking at my Family History journal on the Day One journaling app. Each entry includes the date, time and place it was created. Tap any item in the list on the left to display that journal item. In this example you see scanned newspaper clippings. Below the clippings is the story about them along with how those clippings came to me.

Looking at the journal entries on the left you see that the stories are in no particular order. No problem. I can quickly collect all entries associated with a particular person, place or topic using the tools included in the app. Day One has features that make it possible to share one or more journal entry via email and even publish them on my blog. Day One also offers a book creation tool. You select the journal entries you want to include, organize them in the order you want then send them off to Day One. It’s that easy.

Day One is available for Mac desktops and both iOS and Android devices. The apps are free, but there is a premium subscription ($35/year) that includes features like unlimited photos, audio recordings, drawings and even voice to text transcriptions. Premium users also get a discount on book orders.

Day One isn’t the only journaling app out there. Visit Apple’s App Store or Google Play to get a look at the many journaling options available to you.


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