mobile genealogy

25 Jan 2011

Today’s Document Mobile App from National Archives

Are you a fan of the Today’s Document feature on the National Archives Web site? Now there’s an app for that. The National Archives has launched its first mobile application to deliver Today’s Document on your iPhone or Android smartphone.

The National Archives: “This new mobile app is an interactive gallery that allows you to explore the holdings of the US National Archives through a collection of 365 fascinating documents and photographs from throughout history.  Learn what significant event happened on your birthday, search the documents by keyword, or browse the collection at your leisure.”


24 Sep 2010 – Follow Friday is a website devoted to genealogy applications for mobile devices. Since I’m starting to wonder how I ever did research without the Reunion app and my complete family tree with sources on my iPhone, this site looks really great. I love being able to consult a family group or doublecheck a source for a date without bringing my laptop and balancing it on my knees while I sit at a microfilm reader. came in handy at the local LDS library when someone noticed me using my iPhone, but his smartphone was an Android and I had no idea what apps were out there. covers all mobile devices and their info is up-to-the-minute.

Because Reunion for iPhone ($14.99 from Leister Productions) does such a great job with its mobile app, I haven’t really needed to scope out the many family tree viewer apps out there. It’s pricey, but WEP (worth every penny). […]

11 Aug 2010

Planning a Genealogy Research Trip

I’m planning a genealogical research trip in a few weeks to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to work on my mysterious Austrian great-grandfather. As I’ve been preparing, I realized I’ve never consciously thought about the process of planning an effective trip. Here are some tips from a librarian’s perspective, especially if you are traveling from a great distance or unlikely to visit the area again.

☞ Be realistic about how many lines you can research
Decide which lines you can work on in the area you are visiting, especially if your ancestors lived for a long time in the area or there are multiple lines that intermarry.
☞ Make a to-do list with specific research goals
You may need to revisit your earlier research to insure that you’ve done as much as you can before you leave.