If you have been reading my blog for a long time, you know that I am a Microsoft OneNote junkie. One of my favorite ways to use OneNote for genealogy is to use it to track my “maybe ancestors”. Maybe ancestors are those people that *might* be an ancestor but you just don’t have enough evidence to know for sure. Maybe ancestors can also be cases where you think you might have found your ancestor is a certain record, but you aren’t convinced that the person is the record is your ancestor. In these cases, I want to keep track of all the research I’ve done on these people but I don’t want that information connected in my RootsMagic tree just yet. So what do I do? I stick it in OneNote.
All I do is create a page in OneNote and start adding. What do I add? I always add the conversation going on inside my head (my analysis), the source (not in Evidence Explained style, but enough that I can find the source again), and tables to sort out the data I find. I have use one page for each research question I’m trying to answer.
Because OneNote lets me add images, tables, text, and drawing to a page, it is the perfect tool to help me track my maybe ancestors. Plus, it is all saved in the cloud so I can access it from my laptop, phone, and the internet. What more can a girl ask for in a research tool?