Working Evernote into Your Research Process for Increased Efficiency and Consistency

When I decided to include my interest in technology a part of this blog, Trello and Evernote were at the forefront of my mind.

Evernote I’ve used off and on for years, with little consistency. I had my notebooks, my tags, all roughly in line with the organizational system of the McKemie One Name Study. But somehow, the habit never fully formed. The one where using Evernote felt second nature instead of the burden of an additional step. I still felt compelled to print finds out, to bookmark sites, to transcribe online discoveries—which made adding Evernote into the mix seem redundant and too much effort for too little reward. It vaguely felt like something I should be doing, like something I should appreciate. As a consequence, I never quite walked away from Evernote, but I never fully embraced it, either.

More recently, in exploring the assorted tools at a genealogist’s disposal, I’ve come back around to investigating the usefulness of Evernote. And this time around, I feel as though some bright light has illuminated all that I was missing. Perhaps its the new (to me!) addition of Clippings, perhaps its the IFTTT Recipes, perhaps its the realization that I am not happy being limited by Family Tree Maker and when I searched for something to replace my Excel source database, nothing seemed to fulfill my vision of what I needed to be properly organized.

I could see two distinct advantages of Evernote. Organizing for long-term success and storing my research in a temporary (or potentially long-term) sort of way.

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