Notes from the past…


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Serious genealogical research with an iPad? (Part 3)

In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, I posted about “acquiring” an almost-new iPad 2 and my thoughts of turning it into a dedicated genealogy research tablet. I then essentially returned it to a factory-new condition, and added apps for social networking, image manipulation and file storage, and also a GEDCOM viewer.

My iPad was transforming, but still…

The more I worked with this little marvel, I began to realize that there were some gaping holes that needed to be filled before it could truly function independently. I wanted to be able to take it to the library or to the cemetery or other such research trip and be able to use it as I would my desktop HP: take notes, do internet searches, download documents, even print as needed.

Turn Your iPad into a Genealogy PowerhouseMore Google searching led me to a must-have for the genealogist with an iPad or similar tablet computer:

Lisa’s book is well-written, easy to read and full of tips for using an iPad as a genealogical research tool.

The book starts out with a discussion of what Lisa calls the “tablet mindset”:

While laptops use software, the tablet leans on apps and Cloud access to get jobs done. On a laptop you organize your files into folders on your hard drive. While tablets do have memory storage, they are designed to have the bulk of your files organized and stored on the Cloud using third party tools ….

Ok, makes perfect sense!

Lisa also suggests making a Genealogy To-Do Wish List, or specifically what I want my iPad to be able to do. As I had already created my list and acted upon it, only a few items still needed work:

  • take notes
  • print items
  • research on the Internet more effectively
  • update my genealogy database

(to be continued)

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