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Research Notes 2019-9-9

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We were lucky this time. Unfortunately the Bahamas were not so lucky. The Red Cross, Salvation Army, Team Rubicon and Samaritan’s Purse are among the many groups heading there to help. We can help with donations to get supplies to the people on those islands.


I learned something very useful during the storm . . . I use the Day One journal app to keep track of my research notes and the stories my research discovers. This includes photos, scanned documents and other items along with the text. The standard Day One user’s content is stored on the device or desktop while Day One premium ($35/year) automatically syncs my content from my desktop and devices to cloud storage. I have immediate access to my content at any time and, if the worst happens and my desktop or mobile devices are destroyed, my content is still safe.

Another very useful feature with Day One is that it supports Markdown which means your journal entries will be readable long after today’s apps are obsolete. If you would like to learn more about Markdown, Wikipedia has a very nice article describing how it works.

I also discovered that I can share content with other apps. For example, I can easily send a journal entry to my Tumblr blog or my Notes app on my iPad.

Visit the Day One website for details and pricing.


MyHeritage LIVE – their annual MyHeritage user conference – wrapped up yesterday. One of the many interesting things discussed during the conference was the announcement introducing MyHeritage Education. Like everything else at MyHeritage, this online resource is quite impressive. It includes articles, downloadable resources, how-to videos and even webinars to help MyHeritage users make the most of their research efforts. The overview of European record collections on MyHeritage introduces the user to an amazing collection of over three billion records from thousands of European collections.


FamilySearch standard view

FamilySearch has created a streamlined version of FamilySearch’s Family Tree which they call Family Tree Lite. It was designed for use when you have limited Internet bandwidth or want to save data usage. It can be very useful when you are on the road and have limited online access. It is accessible via the FamilySearch website.


FamilySearch Lite view


Looking for affordable and easy ways to create books? Check out the Book Creator app. You can create ebooks on your iPad, Chromebook or on the web. It will cost you $4.99 for the app and within minutes of the download you will see just how easy this is. Want to learn more? You’ll find it at the Storytellers Studio blog.

Final Notes

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