In the first post I described what Evernote is and what types of notes we might create for genealogy.
- I can scan all those scraps of paper and place them in Evernote. The scraps are now all in one place and they all become searchable.
- I can keep research notes in folders by surname, just as I did with tablets and notebooks. But now those notes are searchable across all notebooks at one time. So, wherever there is a person that appears in more than one family the search will find them.
- I can have more than one type of media contained in one research note. For example: a selection of a web page clipped into a note, marked up with Evernote webclipper tools, and typed notes above/below that clipping that explain why I made the clip, what I intend to do with the clip, and how it applies to whatever I'm doing. Another example: an image and a PDF file can be stored in the same note together, along with typed notes or handwritten markup in the note. I could have a scanned image of an obituary and I can add personal notations and transcribe that obituary in the same note. This would be helpful whenever the scan of the image isn't the best quality. Here's an example of a U.S. census record found on Ancestry.com. I clipped the text from the search results on the site into a note. Then I clipped the original census image into the same note: http://goo.gl/i7tP94. In the old days we might have printed a page with each and put them together into a sleeve protector in a notebook. Now they are in digital format and searchable.
- Having my seminar notes in Evernote along with my research notes means that I find new resources to use in my research. For example, if I do a search on Virginia or Indiana or Dodge County, Wisconsin up pops my research notes for ancestors from those areas along with those notes I took at a recent genealogy conference about how to do research in those areas.
- Having my research notes all in Evernote means I can access them anytime and anywhere. I don't have to lug that heavy notebook or multiple tablets with me anymore. And how practical is it to haul around a large 4-drawer filing cabinet with you? I have my notes with me on my phone, my iPad, my Chromebook, and my laptop. And because Evernote is also available on the web I can access it from any library and even when I'm visiting a friend's house.
- Both the free version and the premium version have unlimited storage. So all of your notes and files can be stored within--eventually.
- The free version has a monthly upload allowance up to 60 MB
- The paid version has a monthly upload allowance up to 1 GB
- The free version file size for a single note is up to 25 MB
- The paid version file size for a single note is up to 100 MB