Tuesday, April 17, 2012

52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy - Week 16

Week #16 – Tech Toys.   Genealogists love their technology toys! Which tech gadget do you appreciate the most? How has this tool enhanced your family history experience? Would you recommend it to others?

I am a late-comer to the magic of iPhone!  I purchased mine in January when a cell phone contract expired - finally.  Here are just a few uses.  I can use it to listen to podcasts about genealogy while I'm walking, and then record reminders to myself about the new ideas I've heard.  I can record family interviews.  I can take photographs of everything from book pages to tombstones.  I can make notes of research tasks to take to the library.  I can access my family files on Ancestry or MyHeritage. I can access my books on my Kindle Fire - many of which are genealogy related.  When I'm away from home, I can still read my email and respond to inquiries about my genealogy posted online.  I used the RootsTech app extensively when I attended the conference in February.

I don't yet own an iPad but I will when my mini-notebook is obsolete, because I'm sure I could do all of these tasks on a larger screen!  However, it will not have the portability of the iPhone.

I would definitely recommend a smart-phone as a genealogy research helper.