Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Evernote for Genealogists Quick Guides Now Available

Lisa Louise Cooke and recently released two new quick reference guides: Evernote for Windows for Genealogists and Evernote for Mac for Genealogists.

If you're not familiar with the format, a "quick reference guide" is a 4-page overview or how-to about a given subject. In genealogy, you often see laminated guides for sale at conferences. They usually are also available in PDF format.

I was fortunate to get my hands on a PDF digital download of Evernote for Windows for Genealogists, and I'm going to share some observations with you.

If you're an absolute beginner, start with page 2 because it provides an easily understandable definition of Evernote. Then return to page one and read through all the tips. This should give you a good idea of the power of Evernote for genealogy.

Features in this quick guide include:

A side-by-side comparison of a free Evernote account vs. a premium one.

Common Evernote terms such as "notebooks" and stacks"

Tag suggestions for genealogists

Evernote quick keys

A getting-started checklist

Merging notes

Compare and contrast of the two types of Evernote clipping

How to maneuver the desktop client

Desktop and search quick keys

All that in only 4 pages! I hate to sound like a salesperson, but I found this quick guide to be helpful and extremely easy to read. The tables are concise and the lists of quick keys are impressive. This guide is a keeper.

Should you want a copy of Evernote for Windows for Genealogists or Evernote for Mac for Genealogists, they are available from the store.

Lisa Louise Cooke was kind enough to share these Evernote tips and encouraged me to pass them on to you, so here you go:

1) Create a New Note: When you’re working on your computer and you want to make a quick note of something in Evernote, you can get there with lightning speed by pressing quick keys simultaneously. Windows: Ctrl+Alt+n.  Mac: Command + N. 

2) Instant Note Search: What if you are knee deep in your research and you have a note that you need to quickly reference? Simply press Win+Shift+f (Windows) or Option + Command + F
 (Mac) from anywhere on your computer and Evernote will instantly open with your cursor in the search box ready to type a keyword and search!

[Disclosure: I received a review copy of this quick reference guide from the publisher. The enthusiasm is my own. --A]

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