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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Review: Turn Your IPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse by Lisa Louise Cooke

Cooke, Lisa Louise. Turn Your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse (& other tablets too!). Genealogy Gems Publications. 2012. 152 pp. $19.95.

Through podcasts, presentations and books, Cooke continues to skillfully demonstrate that technology is a highly approachable tool we can readily incorporate into our genealogy research process. This book is no exception.
Most of the book is devoted to descriptions of apps for your mobile devices (smart phones and tablets) that meet a broad range of genealogical research needs. You will find apps to help you connect with other researchers, to organize your research, to scan documents in archives, and edit your photos. notetaking or traveling. While the emphasis is definitely on apps for Apple products, Cooke conveniently includes android apps and sources, too.  Each app is clearly described and may even include detailed how-to instructions for various features. In particular, I appreciated her tips about tracking down apps and websites when urls and names change.
Because everything related to the internet changes at lightning speed, this publication does run the risk of becoming outdated unless Cooke plans intermittent new editions.
Particularly recommended for genealogists new to the field or eager to expand their technology toolkits. Turn Your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse is available through several online vendors (which is how I purchased my copy) and a number of public libraries.