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

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  • Mobile Apps for Genealogy March 22, 2014 By Dick Eastman
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  • Keep Granny in Your Pocket View slide
  • Today’sslidesareavailableat: http://www.eogn.com/ha ndouts/mobileapps A supplemental page is available at: GenealogyAppsforMobileDevices.htm View slide
  • Today’sslidesareavailableat: http://www.eogn.com/ha ndouts/mobileapps A supplemental page is available at: http://www.eogn.com/handouts/Genealog yAppsforMobileDevices.htm
  • Why Usea Handheld Devicefor 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!
  • According to Hewlett-Packard Sr. VP, ShaneRobison in hiskeynote addressat RootsTech2011: • Sales of desktop computers are declining worldwide every year • Sales of laptop computers are slowly climbing every year • Sales of tablet & handheld computers are skyrocketing!
  • According to Hewlett-Packard Sr. VP, ShaneRobison in hiskeynote addressat RootsTech2011: • Within 5 years, 60% of all Internet access worldwide will be by people who do not own a “regular” computer. • That percentage is expected to increase further
  • 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.”
  • Considerations: • Advantages of storing data in the device: – Alwaysavailable(doesnot need a network connection) – Fast • Disadvantages of storing data in the device: – Need to keep multiplecopiesof your data (desktop, handheld, and possibly elsewhere) – Difficultiesin updating all versions simultaneously – Poor security in casethehandheld deviceislost or stolen
  • Considerations: • Advantages of storing data in the cloud: – Onemaster copy that iseasily updated and then isimmediately availableon all devices – Highly secure, no privacy concernsif thedeviceis stolen or lost – Easy to sharepart or all of your data with others, if desired • Disadvantages of storing data in the cloud: – Requiresa working Internet connection – Typically isslower than displaying locally-stored data
  • Considerations: • Choice of Operating System: – AppleiOS (many genealogy appsavailable) – Android (several genealogy appsavailable) – Blackberry (no genealogy appsavailable) – Microsoft WindowsPhoneand Surface(no genealogy databaseappsavailable)
  • 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.
  • Considerations: • Size:: – Cell phone? – 7-inch tablet? – 10 or 11-inch tablet?
  • 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.
  • Explanation: • There are too many available handheld genealogy apps to describe all of them in a 60-minute presentation • I will focus on the more popular apps • All of the following apps are available in the iPhone App Store or in the appropriate App Store for your Android device
  • Cloud-based Apps • These require a working Internet connection
  • 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 freeor extra features available for payment
  • 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 • Simple photo sharing – capture, store & share family moments • Sync with your family site on MyHeritage.com • Fun MyCeleb feature – discover your celebrity look-alike • Supports 32 languages including 5 new languages
  • MyHeritage • Has the best automated matching of any genealogy service I have seen!
  • MyHeritage
  • MyHeritage
  • MyHeritage
  • MyHeritage
  • MyHeritage
  • MyHeritage
  • Ancestry.com • A specialized viewer that reads and writes data to a database you keep on www.Ancestry.com’s web servers • Easy to use • FREE App but a requires an Ancestry.com membership
  • Ancestry.com
  • Ancestry.com
  • Ancestry.com
  • Ancestry.com
  • AppsThat StoretheData Locally Within theHandheld Device • No Internet connection required
  • MobileFamilyTree Pro by Synium • Works with any Windows or Macintosh genealogy program by using GEDCOM files • Can EXPORT a GEDCOM file • $14.99 • My favorite iPhone/iPad genealogy app
  • MobileFamilyTree Pro by Synium
  • MobileFamilyTree Pro by Synium
  • MobileFamilyTree Pro by Synium
  • MobileFamilyTree Pro by Synium
  • MobileFamilyTree Pro by Synium
  • Heredis • Works with any Windows or Macintosh genealogy program by reading GEDCOM files • Displays photos nicely • FREE
  • Heredis
  • Heredis
  • Reunion • A very popular program • Requires Reunion for Macintosh, does not read GEDCOM files • $14.99 plus the cost of the Macintosh program
  • Reunion
  • Reunion
  • FamViewer • A very simple GEDCOM file viewer program • No pictures, no graphics • $9.99
  • FamViewer
  • FamViewer
  • FamViewer
  • Family Trees • Graphical, easy to use program, but limited functionality • Does not display large families very well • All data must be entered manually! • FREE
  • Family Trees
  • Family Trees
  • GedView • A very simple GEDCOM file viewer program • No pictures, no graphics • $3.99
  • GedView
  • GedView
  • GedView
  • GedView
  • ohmiGene for iPad • Program is in French • Available in two versions: – ohmiGene Lite, limited to 599 persons in the database: FREE – ohmiGene Plus: $40
  • Shrubs • Works with any Windows or Macintosh genealogy program by using GEDCOM files • Easy to use although not terribly powerful, no pictures, no graphics • $7.99
  • Shrubs
  • Shrubs
  • Shrubs
  • Families • Versions available for Apple and Android • Works with any genealogy program using GEDCOM (called GedFamilies) or with Legacy Family Tree using native import • $14.99
  • Families
  • Families
  • Families
  • Families
  • Android Apps • The following is a list of the more popular genealogy apps available for the Android operating • All of the following apps are available in the appropriate App Store for your Android device • NOTE: Android doesn’t seem to have as many genealogy apps available as Apple’s devices
  • FamilyBee • Works with any Windows or Macintosh genealogy program by using GEDCOM files • Very easy to use • $10 but a free trial version is available • NOTE: This is my favorite Android genealogy app
  • FamilyBee
  • FamilyBee
  • GedStar Pro • Works with any Windows or Macintosh genealogy program by using GEDCOM files • Very easy to use • $9.95 but a free trial version is available
  • GedStar Pro
  • GedStar Pro
  • GedStar Pro
  • GedStar Pro
  • Other Handheld Apps • These may not be true genealogy apps but still are very useful to genealogists
  • Find-A-Grave • Handheld app is presently available only for the Apple iPhone/iPad • An Android version is promised “real soon now” • Free
  • BillionGraves.com
  • BillionGraves.com
  • BillionGraves.com
  • Shoebox by 1000Memories.com • Scan your old paper photos and share them with family and friends. • FREE
  • Shoebox by 1000Memories.com
  • Any Questions?
  • Today’sslidesareavailableat: http://www.eogn.com/ha ndouts/mobileapps A supplemental page is available at: http://www.eogn.com/handouts/Genealog yAppsforMobileDevices.htm