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Evernote for genealogy – Saving Ancestry docs in Evernote

Do you have a thousand docs saved on your computer – somewhere – that’d be really helpful if you could only find them again?

Me too! At least, that was me before Evernote.

Do you have a love/hate relationship with Ancestry? I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how easy it is to attach records to family trees. Sooooo easy, right?

But what if – shhh – I’ll whisper this part – you didn’t want to pay Ancestry’s subscriptions for the rest of your life? What if you wanted to keep an archive of downloaded documents in a place OTHER THAN Ancestry?

What if you just wanted a backup copy of the docs? Don’t you love the gobbledygook that Ancestry names each doc? For example, 33022_302516-00144.jpg? What is that? That’s not useful to anyone. If Ancestry could make attaching docs to family trees so easy, couldn’t they come up with a way of auto-naming downloaded documents with something useful, like the name of your person, the date, and the name of the archive?

In this video, I’ll share with you how I tame the nightmare that is downloaded documents, and combine the two great strengths of Ancestry’s records with Evernote’s organizing expertise.

Saving Ancestry docs to Evernote

PS: If you like captions, click the CC button on the lower right of the video.

And if you’d prefer to see this video in YouTube, the link is here.

If you’ve got a particular question, let me know in the comments below! Thanks!

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