With over a million apps out there, how about digging into tree apps, organization tools, shortcuts, and tricks from a genealogist's point of view using an iPad and iPhone. Includes the best strategies for digitally reading National Genealogical Society and Federation of Genealogical Society annual genealogy conference handouts.
Here's the link to the archived version of the I have an iPad and I'm Not Afraid to Use it DearMYRTLE Workshop Webinar (whew! That's a mouthful!)
Carrie Keele of www.NotYourMothersGenealogy.org
Search for these apps in the Apple App Store, by clicking the App Store Icon on your device:
Favorite Genealogy and History Apps
Ancestry – syncs with Ancestry.com’s Member Trees.
1BGraves – Upload photos to your BillionGraves.com account.
Civil War Today – old-timey newspaper style history app
FamilySearch Indexing – works on iPhones and iPads for indexing certain projects.
GenealogyGems – Download & listen to episodes of this popular podcast along with the show notes.
HistoryHere – History Channel searches the local area to find historical points of interest.
MyHeritage – Explore your tree, research records, share photos.
Today’s Doc – from the National Archives (US)
RootsTech – Customize your schedule, interactive list of vendors, maps where events take place, updated agenda, videos, photos, news alerts, Twitter integration, handout access.
Favorite Browser and Social Networking Apps
Buffer – sends posts at a scheduled time to Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn
Chrome – works fine with Gmail, G+ and Blogger.com
Instagram – upload photos to your profile, share with family.
Facebook – (though lately Ol’ Myrt prefers the Chrome app when viewing Facebook, as the photos are not chopped off on the top and bottom as with the Facebook app.)
Skype – free voice communication tool. (video available for camera equipped iPads)
TweetDeck – organizes your Twitter account into columns for feed, direct messages, and some for specific hashtags
Favorite Productivity Apps
Cozi – a family app with calendar, to-do list, shopping list, with email notifications and messages to other Cozi family group members.
Dropbox – provide access to your Dropbox folders and files
Evernote – share notes across devices and computer, save digital voice notes.
Genius Scan – turns your iPad into a portable document scanner
GoToMeeting – participate in live online seminars (like those listed at GenealogyWebinars.com)
iAnnotate PDF – pdf reader, with bookmarking and comment capabilities
iMagGlass – amazing magnifying glass option for iPads with cameras
Skitch – captures iPad screen shots
WordPress – manage your blog
Favorite Shopping Apps
Bakodo – QR code reader
Express – Locate Holiday Inn Express hotels in your vicinity, or a town you specify. The map icon indicates availability of rooms. Insert your Priority Club membership info, and make reservations via the app or by calling the hotel directly.
Jo-Ann – View current specials, locate stores, use coupons.
PriceCheck – Amazon.com’s app to scan, say or type the item
Realtor.com – An app to find out about homes for sale in a specific area while driving, or by specifying zipcode.
RedBox – Check availability of DVD rentals, locate RedBox locations, and reserve movies for later pickup.
RetailMeNot – find the best deals using online and in-store coupons.
Square – with small device attached to iPhone or iPad, accept credit cards for deposit to your bank account. No minimum, no monthly fees, just a small transaction fee per sale. Customers use their finger or a stylus to sign the receipt. Send copy of receipt via email or cell phone number to your customer. Good idea for local genealogy societies membership fees and conference registration.
Favorite Grandkid Apps
Alphabet Tracing – great for pre-schoolers and kindergarten age children
Angry Birds – a crazy game
Monster 1 (and Monster 2) voice animated version of “Monster at the End of This Book”.
Temple Run (Brave) – a race game with the popular “Brave” movie character.
Virtuoso – turn your iPad into a piano.
Favorite Reference Apps
Dictionary.com – (Ol’ Myrt prefers the ad-free version at $4.99)
Kindle – read Amazon.com ebooks
Nook – reading Barnes and Noble ebooks
Zite – a “news magazine” created using parameters you specify.
Amazon Instant Video – Streams content purchases, though thousands of free items are available to Amazon Prime members.
Carcassone – a tile-building game of strategy
Find iPhone – for the next time you lose track of that device.
IMDB – internet movie database – like Wikipedia for all movies and TV, watch trailers and more.
NFL ’12 – to keep track of your Fantasy Football activity
MyFitnessPal – We use this to check “Carbs” when caring for our young type 1 diabetes family member
Pandora – turn your iPad into a radio.
TWC – The Weather Channel
Admittedly there are a “gazillion” additional apps, and the “best apps” are subject to the opinion of users. Visit the App Store in your devise and browse by topic, popularity, and look over the newest apps. If you can think of a task that can be simplified, most likely:
there’s an app for that!
Happy family tree climbing!
Your friend in genealogy.
G+: +Pat Richley-Erickson
Second Life: Clarise Beaumont