Monday, February 16, 2015

Evernote as a Genealogy Research Toolbox

There has been a lot of discussion about genealogy toolboxes and the best way to create one.  I'm sure it is no surprise that I use Evernote to keep mine organized.

I keep the links I use the most towards the top so they are easier to find.

Most are links to websites but I do have some that link to other notes in Evernote.

Using Evernote helps keep my information organized and very easy to find especially with Evernote's search features.

How do you keep your genealogy toolbox??

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Evernote Research Checklist

The Evernote Research Checklist has been updated in my shared genealogy notebook.  You can find it here.



Feel free to use it for your genealogy needs.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Saving Searches in Evernote

After my last posts about Searching in Evernote and Searching in Evernote Part 2 I have had some questions about saving searches.  Saving searches is not difficult and can be done quickly.

#1 in the image below is the search box.
#2 shows the recent searches in the drop down box that appears once you click in the search box.
#3 shows the saved searches.


Once you type your search in the search box you can save your search by clicking on the save search button (in the image below) and a pop up will open.


The image below shows the saved search properties pop up box and this is where you can change the name of your saved search.  Once the search is saved click out of the search box and then click in it again to open the recent searches / saved searches box shown in image 1 above.


You can then right click or drag and drop the saved search to add it to your shortcuts bar.  The next time you need to run the same search click on the saved search in your shortcuts bar to get the notes that you want.





Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Evernote Quick Tip -- Keyboard shortcuts




Evernote has some keyboard shortcuts to help you get information into Evernote quicker.  The following shortcuts are for Windows Desktop :



Function

Shortcut
Create a new noteCtrl + N
Create a new notebookCtrl + Shift + N
Paste the contents of the clipboard as a new note
Ctrl + Alt + V
Paste from the clipboard with
unformatted text
Ctrl + Shift + V
Paste from the clipboard with original formatting
Ctrl + V
Create a new tagCtrl + Shift + T
Check spellingF7
Insert a check-boxCtrl + Shift + C
Create a bulleted listCtrl + Shift + B
Create a numbered listCtrl + Shift + O
Insert a horizontal lineCtrl + Shift + -
To center textCtrl + E
Add a hyperlinkCtrl + K
Remove a hyperlinkCtrl + Shift + R
Create a new saved search
Ctrl + Shift + S
Reset searchCtrl + Shift + A
Rename a saved searchF2
Find in EvernoteWin + Shift + F
Start screen capture mode. (You can use the Web Clipper to get a screen capture from a website or you can right click on the Evernote icon to start the screen capture mode as well).Win + PrintScreen



Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Some surnames I am researching.  Most are in Columbia County, Pennsylvania.



Saturday, January 24, 2015

Searching in Evernote Part 2

In the first Searching in Evernote post you learned about Evernote's search syntax.  Using the same methods as in the last post you can also search dates.  You can search for notes created or updated on a specific day, 30 days ago, this month, last year, etc.

The image below shows notes created last week using created:week-1



By using created:day or updated:day where day is replaced by any of the following day terms below will give you the notes you are looking for.

Day Term

Use with created:day or updated:day

Date20141215 or 20140407
Todayday
Yesterdayday-1
30 days agoday-30
This weekweek
Last weekweek-1
This monthmonth
Last monthmonth-1
This yearyear
Last yearyear-1

You can also search for notes by source by using the following:

To Find

Search Syntax

Emailsource:mail.smtp
Web pagesource:web.clip
Mobilesource:mobile.*
Applicationsource:app.*
Delicioussource:delicious

Reminders are also searchable using the following:


To Find

Search Syntax

Reminder done in the last 7 daysreminderdonetime:day-7
All notes with a reminderreminderorder:*
All notes with a reminder for todayremindertime:day
All notes with a reminder in the next 7 daysremindertime:day+7

In the image below you can see all reminders that are due today.


I save searches that I use often in the shortcuts bar.

Saved searches for quick access.

No matter what you put into Evernote you should be able to find it using tags and Evernote's search Syntax.  Evernote is a powerful tool to help keep you organized and on top of things.

Do you use Evernote's powerful searching??  

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Statistics in Legacy

One of the nice features of Legacy is that it can provide you with a lot of information about your data in the form of numbers and charts in Statistics.

The image below show where you find Statistics in your Legacy program.  It is under the Tools tab and then near the end of the Tools ribbon you will see the Statistics icon.


What kinds of things can you learn from Statistics??

The image below shows what my database file look like in Statistics when I opened it today.  You can get lists of the most popular surname, the most popular given name, the most popular locations, etc.  As you click on the items in the list you will see the Show Graph, Create Search List, and other buttons become available near the bottom right of the screen. (See image below)


The image below show what one of the graphs look like.  There are a few different options for the type of graph you want to see.  (I'm not big on their color choices and I don't see a way to change them).


In March of last year I used the statistics for a Saturday Night Genealogy Fun mission from Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings on this blog post.

I decided that I wanted to keep track of certain things in my database after that post as a way for me to measure my progress.  I used Microsoft Excel to create two worksheets for showing some of my numbers. 

The next two images below show how many ancestors I have found in each generation up to 15 generations for both were done on 20th of January; one in 2014 and the other in 2015.  I have two of these one for my direct ancestors and another one for my husband's direct ancestors.  (These were created by doing an Ancestor report and counting how many ancestors were in each generation.)





In the last image I have a comparison between certain data points in 2014 and 2015.  It is interesting to me to see what has been added .  


My plan is to track this information on a regular basis.  I have set up a note in Evernote (in my To Do notebook) with a reminder to check out my Legacy statistics.  I am going to go for every three months for now but I think it will be more like every 6 months.



How do you use Legacy Statistics??