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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Getting the Rest of the Gold out of the Google Goldmine for Genealogists Part Six\
  • Google Help
  • Google Search
  • Google Newspapers Archive
  • Google Drive
  • Google Docs including Sheets, Slides, Forms, Draw and more
  • Google Keep
  • Google Trips
  • Chrome Web Store
  • Chrome Extensions
There are so many online apps and programs that it is impossible to even become aware of all of them. In some categories of programs, there are dozens or hundreds of near duplicates. I often learn about an interesting program and try it out for a time and then never seem to get back to using it again. Really useful programs need to fit into your lifestyle and justify the time it takes to learn a new program. Obviously, there are many people who learn a few programs and then never move on or learn new ones. My purpose in adding these Google programs to my previous list of golden Google programs is to let you know that there are options and encourage all of us to look for better and more accommodating ways to do our genealogical work. 

Google Keep plays a role as a program for taking notes, creating task lists, and creating reminders. You can get a quick overview of the program from the "Keep cheat sheet." The advantage of using a program like this is that it synchronizes across all your devices. As with any new app, it helps to view a video or read the instructions. Here is a link to one of the many videos about Keep.

The second app in this particular post is Google Trips. We have several trips planned and found out how useful Google Trips can be. Basically, it keeps reservations and itinerary and is set up to work offline if needed. It also works with your Google Gmail account to give you valuable notifications. Using Google Keep and the Google Trips app together will add a significant amount of organization to a genealogy research trip, a business trip, or even a family vacation.
Google Trips works only on iPhones and Android phones. As is almost always the case, there are several YouTube videos that introduce the program. Here is one of them.

Introducing Google Trips

Stay tuned for the last segment in this series.

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1 comment:

  1. Google Trips being discontinued August 2019. Was going to try it per your article. Sounds like being integrated with Google Maps but reviewers aren't happy.