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Two New iPhone Genealogy Apps

By January 26, 2010

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Ancestry.com Family Tree to GoThis month two nifty new genealogy apps have made their way onto my iPhone, which I thought some of you might find interesting.

The first is a great app for iPhone / iPod Touch users of Ancestry.com Family Trees. The free new Ancestry.com Tree to Go iPhone app offers up a lighter version of your family tree that you can easily access on the go. You can search or browse your family tree while at the library, easily add a new tombstone photo right after you take it at the cemetery, or add interview notes directly to your tree as you talk to your relatives.

Ancestry.com Tree to Go - Tree ViewYou can't begin a new Family Tree via the Ancestry.com Tree to Go app (at least not yet), but you can actually scroll through your existing trees a bit easier than is offered online. The navigation is different than what you're used to online (no more pedigree view for example) due to the need for streamlining for the iPhone. You also can't yet search Ancestry.com databases and upload your finds to your tree through the app (thought that will hopefully be available in the future). But even with these limitations, I love the new Ancestry.com Tree to Go app. Download it now for free in the iTunes store and let me know what you think.

Episode screen of the Genealogy Gems Podcast app for iPhone and iPod Touch.The second is an iPhone / iTouch app for Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems Podcast which streams her free genealogy audio and video content on the go (a nice feature for genealogists like me who are always on the go!), and also offers exclusive Bonus Content. The app streams all Genealogy Gems podcast episodes, which cover everything from research strategies to celebrity and family history expert interviews; new episodes are downloaded automatically. While Genealogy Gems podcasts are free online, the new Genealogy Gems app is available for $2.99 from the iTunes Store with exclusive bonus content such as custom genealogy themed wallpaper as well as Cooke's 20 page e-book, 5 Fabulous Google Research Strategies for the Family Historian. More bonus content will be released with future episodes.

January 26, 2010 at 1:22 pm
(1) Sanjay Maharaj says:

The podcast app is a great idea and I can see it being as a very useful tool as well . Thanks for the info.

January 26, 2010 at 2:58 pm
(2) Maureen says:

REUNION (Mac Genealogy program) also has an app for the iphone. This may have already been mentioned in previous discussions. The app has been ‘out’ for about a year.

January 27, 2010 at 5:04 am
(3) Sue says:

Too bad they haven’t come up with any for the Blackberry

January 31, 2010 at 11:00 pm
(4) family tree says:

build your family tree.

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