Saturday, January 04, 2014

EVERNOTE: Webclipper and raw data

Evernote, eh? Ol' Myrt just had to pick Evernote as her focus in 2014.  ~ No problem. Using Excel, I've scheduled a series of training videos to review on my "less busy" Saturday mornings whilst Mr. Myrt is watching his woodworking shows on PBS. (I guess I could have used Evernote to organize my schedule of training videos to view, but I digress.)

Since Evernote is multi-platform compatible, you'll want to consider:
  • Visit 
  • Downloading the program on your computer. (It's 56MB for PCs.)
  • Getting the "Web Clipper" add on (for my Firefox web browser) "Use this extension to save things you see on the web into your Evernote account. It provides a toolbar button and context menu to add an article, selection, URL or an entire page." I also installed it on my Chrome browser. It is also available for other web browsers.
  • Installing the App on your smart phone (iPhone for Ol' Myrt, in the app store.)
  • Installing the Evernote app on your tablet (iPad for Ol' Myrt, in the app store.) 
  • Just logging in to the website, since all the data lives in the "cloud". This means the information I clip, type and save in Evernote is saved on the Evernote website. (Just waiting for me to log in to my secure server space.)

So if this is also your year to learn Evernote, then perhaps you'll enjoy this little video about using The Evernote Webclipper. When I say little, I mean little. It's only 54 seconds long, so go for it!

Late last month there was a post in the Evernote Blog titled Document Your Family History by Taylor Pipes. Luckily a response by jbenson2 explains "Evernote is fine for storing raw data. When a relative mentions something you can throw it into Evernote and then work on validating the info. Eventually, your genealogical information will be far easier to work with once it is stored in software designed for family history. Genealogy software will calculate relationships (2nd counsins, step parents, multiple divorces and marriages, etc)." He goes on to describe the GEDCOM standard for ease in sharing genealogy data with people using different genealogy software programs.

It is that storing of "raw data" that interests Ol' Myrt here. I've oft looked for a place to organize data on individuals who may or may not become part of my family tree. Evernote may be the key. Still not sure yet, this is only week one.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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  1. Myrt...I think you will like it and find it very helpful. I use it every day. I can forward emails directly into Evernote, I can scan documents into a folder and then tell Evernote to create a note for whatever is in that folder. I have pdf files in there that I can reference. I've put a pdf copy of the owner's manual for several tech items in it for easy reference. I set up a folder marked "To Be Read" and clip blog posts that I want to read at a later time. I love it.

  2. DearMYRTLE - - For the moment, my use of Evernote has replaced "Bookmarks" / My Favorites .I never get back to them. But with Evernote, I put the web clipping in the right Stack, and right Notebook as I am clipping.

    So, when I am looking at my Maryland ancestors, I will look into my Maryland Notebook. Adding a Tag or Two helps speed up the finding the right web clipping.

    It really helps when taking notes at a conference.

    How about emailing TO Evernote?


  3. Dear Myrt,
    Having looked at the reviews for Evernote on Amazon, I'm wondering if you have any concerns about the permissions?