Mobile apps for genealogy

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Genealogy applications for Android, iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

Mobile apps for genealogy

  1. 1. Genealogy Apps for Mobile Devices January 17, 2016 By Dick Eastman
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  3. 3. Keep Granny in Your Pocket
  4. 4. Today’s slides are available at: http://www.eogn.com/ha ndouts/mobileapps
  5. 5. Why Use a Handheld Device for Genealogy? • Convenience – Carry your information with you at all times • Compare notes with others at family reunions or at genealogy meetings • As a backup to your primary computer in case of a hard drive crash or other major catastrophe • Portable and easily updated – Better than carrying everything in 3-ring binders!
  6. 6. Handheld computers are here to stay: • 200 million iPads sold in the past four years • 500 million iPhones sold in less than seven years • Numbers for Android devices are probably similar
  7. 7. According to Hewlett-Packard Sr. VP, Shane Robison in his keynote address at RootsTech2011: • 60% of all Internet access worldwide will soon be by people who do not own a “regular” computer. • That percentage is expected to increase further
  8. 8. Considerations: • Some of today’s handheld devices store their data internally within the device, while others store data online “in the cloud.” • Which is better? • The answer is: “It all depends.”
  9. 9. Considerations: • Advantages of storing data in the device: – Always available (does not need a network connection) – Fast • Disadvantages of storing data in the device: – Need to keep multiple copies of your data (desktop, handheld, and possibly elsewhere) – Difficulties in updating all versions simultaneously – Storage size constraints – Poor security in case the handheld device is lost or stolen
  10. 10. Considerations: • Advantages of storing data in the cloud: – One master copy that is easily updated and then is immediately available on all devices – Highly secure, no privacy concerns if the device is stolen or lost – Share or keep private as you wish • Disadvantages of storing data in the cloud: – Requires a working Internet connection – Typically is slower than displaying locally-stored data
  11. 11. Considerations: • Choice of Operating System: – Apple iOS (many genealogy apps available) – Android (several genealogy apps available) – Blackberry (no genealogy apps available) – Microsoft Windows Phone and Surface (no genealogy database apps available, except for a cousin finder and a Soundex calculator)
  12. 12. Considerations: • Read Only? • or • Can you update from the handheld? (Very few programs do this) • My recommendation: Don’t worry about updating from the handheld.
  13. 13. Considerations: • Size: – Cell phone? – 7-inch tablet? – 10 or 11-inch tablet? – Laptop (as in HP’s newly-announced Slatebook)
  14. 14. Explanation: • “Apps” is an abbreviation for “Applications” • In other words, an “App” is the same thing as a program • Except that the word “App” usually refers to a program designed to run on a small, handheld device.
  15. 15. Explanation: • There are too many available handheld genealogy apps to describe all of them in detail in a 60-minute presentation • I will focus on the more popular apps
  16. 16. Explanation: • A list of these apps is also available at: http://www.eogn.com/handouts/mobileapp
  17. 17. Available Apps • All of the following can be found in the appropriate app store (Google Play, Amazon App Store for Android, Samsung Apps, and others.
  18. 18. Store Data Locally - Android
  19. 19. Family Bee • robust text-only family tree browser • view information about families and individuals stored in GEDCOM files
  20. 20. Family Bee
  21. 21. Family Bee 21 • Fast! • GEDCOM files are stored on an SD card • $10 in the Google Play Store
  22. 22. GedStar Pro Genealogy Viewer • This app requires the separate purchase of a FREE Windows conversion program, which is available from the GedStar Pro website. • The database is stored on your external (or internal) SD card and there are no limits on the number of people or amount of other data. It has been tested on a database of over 40,000 individuals.
  23. 23. GedStar Pro Genealogy Viewer • FREE!
  24. 24. GedStar Pro Genealogy Viewer • Converts directly from "The Master Genealogist" and "Legacy Family Tree", or from a GEDCOM file. • Displays all your data including events, notes, sources, repositories, and photos. Some product-specific features are also available, such as the research log or to-do list.
  25. 25. GedStar Pro Genealogy Viewer • Not a good program for Macintosh users!
  26. 26. GedStar Pro Genealogy Viewer
  27. 27. GedStar Pro Genealogy Viewer
  28. 28. GedStar Pro Genealogy Viewer
  29. 29. GedStar Pro Genealogy Viewer
  30. 30. GedStar Pro Genealogy Viewer
  31. 31. Store Data Locally - iOS • (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch)
  32. 32. MobileFamilyTree 7 • MobileFamilyTree doesn't require you to own a Mac or PC as it offers just every feature you could wish for in a modern genealogy app. • Nonetheless, MobileFamilyTree works with MacFamilyTree like clockwork and can be synchronized via iCloud if desired.
  33. 33. MobileFamilyTree 7 • Can be used as a standalone app • MacFamilyTree not required • Full support GEDCOM export and import • iCloud synchronization • Awesome charts and maps • Integration of FamilySearch, the world's largest genealogy archive • Take photos or videos directly from within MobileFamilyTree 7
  34. 34. MobileFamilyTree 7 • Available Charts: • Hourglass Chart • Ancestor Chart • Timeline • Double Ancestor Chart • Statistics Chart • Fan Chart • Relationship Chart • Genogram Chart • Map View • Name Distribution Chart • Print your charts right from your mobile device
  35. 35. MobileFamilyTree 7
  36. 36. MobileFamilyTree 7
  37. 37. Reunion for iOS
  38. 38. Reunion for iOS • Works only with Reunion 9 or Reunion 10 installed on your Macintosh. • You must also have a wireless connection to your Macintosh. • Stores names, events, facts notes, logs, sources and even images. View, navigate, search, and edit your information on the go. You'll always be ready to add people, document new information, and make corrections to your data. • Then bring the changes back to your family file on the Macintosh.
  39. 39. Reunion for iOS
  40. 40. Reunion for iOS
  41. 41. Reunion for iOS
  42. 42. Store Data Locally - Android & Apple iOS
  43. 43. Store Data Locally - Android & Apple iOS - RootsMagic
  44. 44. Store Data Locally - Android & Apple iOS - RootsMagic
  45. 45. Store Data Locally - Android & Apple iOS - RootsMagic • Viewer only • Used as a companion to RootsMagic for Windows • Uses your actual RootsMagic files- no conversion needed • Easily put your family history files on your device through DropBox (or iTunes for iOS)
  46. 46. Store Data Locally - Android & Apple iOS - RootsMagic • Views: • Pedigree, Family, Descendant, and Individual Views to quickly explore your family tree • Browse people by surname and given names • Search ancestors by name or record number • View media, notes, and sources for people, families, events, and facts
  47. 47. Store Data Locally - Android & Apple iOS - RootsMagic • Lists: • Source list • To-do lists • Research Logs • Media Lists • Address Book • Repository List • Correspondence List • Place List
  48. 48. Store Data Locally - Android & Apple iOS - RootsMagic • Tools: • Perpetual calendar • Date calculator • Relationship calculator • Soundex calculator
  49. 49. Store Data Locally - Android & Apple iOS - RootsMagic
  50. 50. Store Data Locally - Android & Apple iOS - RootsMagic
  51. 51. Store Data Locally - Android & Apple iOS - Heredis
  52. 52. Heredis
  53. 53. Heredis • Works with both Heredis for Windows and Heredis for Macintosh • Add, delete or modify a person directly from your iPhone, your iPad or iPod Touch. • Smooth and rapid data entry. • Controls duplicates in real time and will automatically save your data. • Take the picture with your iPhone or fetch it from Photos. Add it to your tree. Quickly and easily. • Look at your trees and share them with your family. Send them by email or print them using the power of AirPrint. • Write with your voice by dictating to Siri. •
  54. 54. Heredis
  55. 55. Heredis
  56. 56. Heredis
  57. 57. Heredis
  58. 58. Families for Android & iOS Families is designed to operate in conjunction with Legacy Family Tree for Windows from Millennia Corp. Your Legacy family files can be easily transferred to your iOS or Android device, enabling them to be viewed and edited wherever you are.
  59. 59. Families for Android & iOS
  60. 60. Families for Android & iOS
  61. 61. Families for Android & iOS
  62. 62. Legacy Mobile
  63. 63. Legacy Mobile
  64. 64. Legacy Mobile
  65. 65. Store Data Online - Both Android and Apple iOS
  66. 66. MyHeritage • A specialized viewer that reads and writes data to a database you keep on www.MyHeritage.com’s web servers • FREE but requires an account on MyHeritage.com that might be free or extra features available for payment
  67. 67. Store Data Online - MyHeritage • View and edit your family tree • Add people to your tree and take their photos • Edit profiles, events and relationships easily • Search billions of records on MyHeritage • Easy photo sharing - capture, share and store family moments • Sync with your family site on MyHeritage.com • Fun celebrity look-alike feature (no login required!)
  68. 68. MyHeritage • Has the best automated matching of any genealogy service I have seen!
  69. 69. Store Data Online - MyHeritage
  70. 70. Store Data Online - MyHeritage
  71. 71. Store Data Online - MyHeritage
  72. 72. Store Data Online - MyHeritage
  73. 73. Store Data Online - MyHeritage
  74. 74. Store Data Online - ancestry.com
  75. 75. Store Data Online - ancestry.com • Add and view records, photos and events for each person in your tree • Hints to help you make new discoveries • List of everyone in your tree with hints • View high-resolution images of historical documents • See family members at a glance with Family or Pedigree tree views • Relationship calculator to see how you're related to people in your tree • Privacy settings
  76. 76. Store Data Online - ancestry.com
  77. 77. Store Data Online - ancestry.com
  78. 78. Store Data Online - ancestry.com
  79. 79. Store Data Online - ancestry.com
  80. 80. Store Data Online - ancestry.com
  81. 81. Store Data Online - ancestry.com The App is FREE …but a subscription to Ancestry.com is required (free or paid)
  82. 82. Store Data Online - WikiTree
  83. 83. Store Data Online - WikiTree
  84. 84. Store Data Online - WikiTree
  85. 85. Genealogy Utilities for Handhelds • For Apple iOS ONLY
  86. 86. Genealogy Utilities for Handhelds • For Apple iOS ONLY
  87. 87. Genealogy Utilities for Handhelds • For Apple iOS ONLY
  88. 88. Billion Graves • Billion Graves • Android and Apple iOS
  89. 89. Billion Graves
  90. 90. Billion Graves
  91. 91. Billion Graves
  92. 92. Billion Graves
  93. 93. Shoebox by 1000Memories.com Acquired by ancestry.com
  94. 94. Shoebox by 1000Memories.com
  95. 95. Shoebox by 1000Memories.com • Scan your old paper photos and share them with family and friends. • FREE
  96. 96. Genealogy Utilities for Handhelds Genealogy Relationship Decoder
  97. 97. Genealogy Utilities for Handhelds
  98. 98. Software is dead. Long live apps.
  99. 99. Any Questions?
  100. 100. Today’s slides are available at: http://www.eogn.com/ha ndouts/mobileapps

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