From the office: 10 best apps for family historians

By Editor, 15 May 2014 - 1:20pm

Try these 10 apps and research your family history on the go, says editor Sarah Williams

Thursday 15 April 2014

Sarah Williams, editor
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Today’s mobile phones are more powerful than the giant desktop computers we had 10 years ago, but when was the last time you used your phone to do some family history research? In the June issue of Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine, Canadian genealogist Barbara Starmans talks us through 30 apps that could help you take your research further, whether you’ve got 10 minutes in a waiting room or two hours on a train.

Here are 10 of her favourites:

1) Rootsmagic – if you use the popular RootsMagic software (including the free RootsMagic Essentials for Windows) then this app is a must. It lets you take your research with you, although you currently can’t edit the tree on the move.

2) Ancestry – another must-have app, this time for anybody who has their tree loaded onto Ancestry.co.uk. You can add, change or delete facts or people from your tree and review suggested records with their shaky leaves. Although you can’t yet browse Ancestry’s records from the app, if you’re anything like me, just going through all of the shaky leaves can feel like a good use of your time.

3) WDYTYA? Forum – got a tricky problem that you need advice on? Would you like to share some genealogical tips? With our easy-to-use forum app you can dip in and out of discussions quickly and easily.

4) Dropbox – not specifically a genealogy app, this is the fastest and easiest way to get files from your desktop or laptop to your phone or tablet. Plus you can share pictures easily with others.

5) Evernote – another general app that’s great for family historians. Keep all your research in order and access it from any online device.

6) Billiongraves – a crowd-sourcing app for mapping photographs of gravestones. You can then upload them to BillionGraves.com

7) Find a Grave – search a database of more than 100 million cemeteries around the world.

8) Treeview – import your family tree to TreeView.co.uk (free of charge) or TheGenealogist.co.uk if you are a subscriber and you can then view and edit it on this great little app.

9) Saving Memories Forever – create audio recordings of your most precious family memories and upload them to secure and private storage on savingmemoriesforever.com.

10) Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine – download the free magazine app from Apple Newsstand or Google Play and you can buy a digital copy whenever, or wherever, you are.

You can read more about mobile genealogy and discover some more great apps in the June issue of Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine on sale in supermarkets and newsagents now. Or download the digital edition from iTunes, Google Play, Zinio or Pocketmags.

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