Discovery Your Family History

Family History Research While On The Move

Although you have access to hundreds of apps for your smart phone, tablet, iPad, or other device, on a wide range of topics, there are apps available that can help you with your LDS family search. With the new app’s that are available, there are certain limitations that are set forth by the company that creates the genealogical apps and any other app’s available to the user. For instance, an app that may work on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, may not work on an Android phone or tablet. Although this may be the case now, the creators of these app’s are constantly updating them, so they may be available for several brands of hand held devices in the future. Although other family researchers are just beginning to see the uses for mobile devices in their LDS family search, over time you too will be able to have more functionality with your smart phone and other mobile device than ever before. Without these hand held devices, genealogists will have to carry several bulky folders, and use a lot of paper. While visiting Libraries, historical societies, cemeteries, society meetings, and other such places, it is much more practice to use a digital device than to carry the countless reams of paper needed to make notes and keep track of research records. To help you with your LDS family search, there are several apps for your smart phone and other devices that will help you keep your information organized, and keep track of your research while you are on the go and at home.


 Google is one of many valuable tools for genealogical research on the web. Whether you are doing an Internet search, searching for a map, flying to a location with Google Earth, or searching for information on Google books, the Google app has many different features you can use for your LDS family search. When you use Google books to search for information by entering the names of your ancestors, dates if you have them, and any other search terms, you will gain access to free information from historical books and other legal sources. However, Google maps and Google earth can be usefully tools for locating a cemetery with your ancestor’s tombstone, or finding an ancestor’s original homestead. You can also document a specific location with photos, dates and other important information.

 Geotagging is another means of documenting your search findings, and citing your sources so others can see where you found your information for your family tree. Tagging the longitude and latitude coordinates of a location such as a homestead, an unmarked grave, a cemetery, or other landmarks, and sharing these points with others can help you and your family see where your ancestors lived, and where they are now buried.


 Although Facebook is the most popular social network on the Internet, you can connect with other genealogists, family members, and join many genealogical research groups as well. You can use the Facebook app to communicate with other family members who may be working on the same, if not a similar project alongside you, by sharing links to web sites, seminars or webinars, and other research outlets. Many web sites will allow you to share an article, or link with your Facebook friends, or post it to your profile page. You have the option to join or create a surname group on Facebook, as this is an ideal way to share family stories and LDS family research with others with the same or similar surnames. This can also be a means of discussing your research with another like-minded person, when you have either found an interesting titbit of information, or if you have come to a dead end in your own research.

 Billion Graves

 Billion Graves is another cool app that will allow you to take photos of tombstones, get the GPS coordinates and upload them to the billion graves web site. The maps available on the mobile app will record the exact location of the cemetery or tombstone for easy access, so that other researchers can find this landmark. This app will also pinpoint cemeteries and tombstones located near you, and if there are any pictures available for viewing before you visit these landmarks. You can also share the transcriptions on tombstones and grave markers with other billion graves users. Grave markers and tombstones often have vital information about your ancestors who were buried in a particular cemetery transcribed on them. This information includes: the person’s name, date of Birth, and date of death. This information may lead you to other clues about your family, such as family members’ names. Uploading the GPS coordinates to the billion graves app will allow you to preserve this information for other genealogists to view.


 Evernote is an app that allows you to make written or audio notes, store photos, and even organize your genealogy notes into different notebooks for each family lineage in your LDS family search. You can tag your research notes, with specific keywords to help you find the notation later on, in case you want to ad notes or photos, or edit your notes in the future. If you want to add more photos, audio or research notes to a particular notebook, use the click and drag feature available on Evernote. Evernote also allows you to sync your information to your desktop or laptop computer for easy access at home. You can also share your notes and research information with other researchers on Facebook or twitter. You can also convert your notes into PDF format to email to your family and/or friends. The shoe box mobile app, created by one thousand memories, allows you to capture historical family photos, family albums, and scrapbooks, by using your smart phone or mobile device. These images are then uploaded to the one thousand memories web site, and stored there for free. You may even be able to store your images and scrapbooks for free in the public archive. If you are planning to attend a family reunion, you can capture family pictures and upload them to the web site through the shoe box app, and even tag the photos to share with your Facebook friends and twitter followers.

 Obituary App

 The obituary mobile app can help you find obituaries for current newspapers throughout the United States, Canada, and England. You can visit the obituaries web site for obituaries from a larger index of newspapers. These current obituaries are great genealogical tools, because they include information such as birth, death, survivors, parents, and the person’s accomplishments. Once you locate the obituary you are looking for, then you can share it with others for future use via email or social media.

 Book Crawler

 Book Crawler Lite is a mobile app you can use to create your own genealogical library at home or on the go. With this app, you can keep track of books you have already researched, and add new books and papers to your research library for use at home as well as while you are on the go. This app gives you three different format options for importing a book into your virtual library. You can manually enter information into the app, scan the ISBN from the back of a traditional book into the app with your phone’s camera, or download the book into your library via Google books. After you upload your data, you can tag your books by entering search terms in the form fields that accompany the information. If you regularly visit a library, you can scan the ISBN of a book into the book crawler app for citation purposes while building your family tree.

 Book Catalogue for Android

 For droid users, there is a similar app called book catalogue that also allows you to enter information into the app, scan ISB Ns, and retrieve information from Google books,, and library thing. To access the 100 or more apps for your LDS family search, visit the app store on your smart phone or mobile device. Previously there were only a few apps for genealogists to access, but now new app’s are being added and updated all the time. It is important to note that different smart phone providers offer different app’s, many for free, and others for a nominal fee.

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