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Wonderful OneNote: the Genealogist's Best Friend

  • 16 Sep 2023
  • 10:30 AM - 12:15 PM
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Wonderful OneNote: the Genealogist's Best Friend

by Liz Ross

A finished genealogical work appears after fitting together hundreds if not thousands of information bits, including all necessary and excising all extraneous. Additionally, the finished product must make sense. All this rests on organization.

One Note, Microsoft's included semi-outlining program, is one way to sort, manipulate and assemble the many tiny bits of information that go into genealogical products.

If you like your current methods, consider OneNote another tool. If you are bothered by your current situation... OneNote may be a useful alternate. If you are looking for a new option... OneNote may be the answer.

Starting with a quick look at organization methods, specifically those used widely in genealogy, OneNote will take center stage examining what OneNote can offer all researchers.

Liz Ross, professional genealogist, focuses on the Midwest and its feeder states. Currently she serves as CAGGNI's VP of programs, and was Chair of their 2022 Conference, "Telling Stories: Building Skills". In the five years directly pre-COVID, Ms. Ross led "Second Saturday Genealogy" at the Forest Park Library, a two hour bi-monthly forum for demolishing brick walls, focused instruction and celebration of individual achievements. She also spoke nationally and regionally, and was published in the Chicago Genealogy Society Quarterly.

From 1993-2006, Ms. Ross was President (2 terms), Trustee (10 yrs.), and Editor of the Quarterly for ClanRossAmerica, a Scottish heritage organization (10 yrs. with 2 awards).

She lives west of Chicago with lovely husband, two computers, two spinning wheels and many books. Her blog may be found at

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