Your iPad can be one of your best genealogy buddies. Its light weight design makes it a dream to tote (no more sore shoulders hauling a laptop bag around the library!) And it offers a gorgeous, vivid display, making it a true pleasure to review and share your findings.
If your tablet time has been limited to playing Angry Birds and checking your email, then it’s time to check out these 7 great family history uses for your iPad or other mobile device:
2. Take pictures of old family documents, photos, memorabilia and artifacts. From the iPad, you can upload and share them via Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, email, or access them from your other computing devices via cloud based storage such as Dropbox or iCloud.
3. Put old family pictures on your iPad to share with your relatives. Click here to see how.
4. When you research your genealogy in libraries, use your iPad to take digital images instead of wasting time and money on photocopies. Image pages from a county or local history or take a snapshot (and a closeup) of a historical map. You can even take digital shots of microfilmed materials! Learn more here, and always get permission at each library before you start taking pictures.
5. Keep track of all your genealogy sources with Evernote–and keep all your sources at your fingertips by using the Evernote app. My new Evernote for Genealogists Quick Research Guides, available both for Windows and Mac users, are cheat sheets that will help you start using Evernote immediately across multiple platforms.
6. Save genealogy and history e-books and pdfs to your iPad so you can read them anytime, anywhere. Click here to learn more.
Magazines & Podcasts
7. Use convenient apps to access great family history magazines and podcasts like these:
- the Genealogy Gems podcast;
- the Family Tree Magazine podcast)
- Family Tree Magazine (U.S.) and Family Tree (U.K.);
- Curated genealogy content in Flipboard like Using Newspaper for Genealogy and Family History and Using Historic Maps for Genealogy and Family History.
You see, an iPad–or a tablet PC–isn’t just for Angry Birds and other games! You can use it for many of the same purposes, but iPads/tablets work differently and in very specific ways. You can learn more about using your tablet or iPad for genealogy from my book Turn Your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse:
- an in-depth look at over 65 apps;
- 32 fabulous tricks and tips to make you a power user (and not just for genealogy!);
- “see it for yourself” demos in recommended online videos.
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