From the office: Family history on the go!

By Matt Elton, 14 March 2012 - 12:51pm

Out and about? Take your family history research on the road (or track), says deputy editor Claire Vaughan

Wednesday, 14 March 2012
Claire Vaughan, deputy editor
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I missed my train this morning. I reached the platform just in time to see it trundling off down the track. As if that wasn’t enough, the next one was cancelled. Grrrr, I thought as I contemplated the half-hour wait.

Two minutes later, however, I was happily chipping away at my latest family history puzzle with the help of my smartphone.

Trawling the internet looking for information to bulk out my research, I came across some tantalising new leads. The Findmypast app (iFMP) helped me track down a missing ancestor in the BMD indexes and censuses and I uploaded the original documents. The Ancestry app, allowed me to search these records and update my tree, ‘hints’ and all, syncing my changes with the online version.

My trusty phone also helps me organise my research (Evernote), upload photos and other material to a central database (Billion graves, Family History Media and Shoebox). I can even transcribe records for the FamilySearch Indexing project on the go. Many of these apps are also available for Android phones

Ten years ago, I’d groggily head home after a day at the Family Records Centre in London, excitedly clutching photocopies of census entries it had taken me weeks spooling through microfilm to locate. I’m glad I didn’t know then that just a few years later not only would I be able to find a census entry in seconds with a simple online search, but I’d be able to do it at home, and now – thanks to the next generation of technologies – on the go.

Do you use mobile technology in your research? I’d love to hear your tips or advice on apps and other online tools…

 

 

 

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