28 Sep 2015 – Genealogy Apps!

There are a lot of genealogy apps available to build and update your family tree on the go.  If you have an online family tree, always check to see if there is an app for you phone.  The following are apps are free, but require online accounts (some free and some with fees).  Some recommendations:

  • Ancestry – Explore more than 14 billion records, photos and stories with hints to help build your family tree.  Add family members to your tree from Facebook.  Syncs across all devices.  This is a paid service.  Also syncs with Apple Watch.
  • Ancestry Shoebox – allows you to scan photos with your phone.  You can upload to Ancestry or share with family and friends.
  • Find A Grave – one of the many databases accessible via Ancestry (as well as directly online) with more than 100 million graves from around the world.

  • FamilySearch – Tree – Allows you to build your family tree and save photos, stories, and audio recordings to it.  Automatically syncs with FamilySearch.org across all your devices.  Content for dead individuals can be accessed publicly.  See privacy policy for more details.
  • FamilySearch – Memories – Allows you to add photos and documents to your Family Search Tree.  Syncs with all your devices.
  • MyHeritage – Sounds similar to Ancestry, but I have not used this app.
  • RootsMagic – Ability to build your family tree using your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.  However, you must have RootsMagic desktop family tree software or the free RootsMagic Essentials software to create, edit, or add to your genealogy files.  The free desktop software allows you to convert other genealogy files into RootsMagic files (includes PAF, Family Tree Maker, Legacy Family Tree, and GEDCOM files).
  • BillionGraves Camera App – provides an expansive database of records and images from cemeteries around the world.  I have not used this app, so I do not know how it compares to Find A Grave.
  • Last Name Origin & Meaning Ancestry – provides origin of your last name.  Available in English, Italian, French, Spanish, German and Portuguese.

Note:  I am an Apple gal, so all of my recommendations come from the Apple App Store.

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