Timesaving Apps for Busy Genealogists

Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A.
May 20, 2020
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Speaker's Introduction
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Family Trees
12m 18s
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Photo Scanning
4m 15s
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Project Management
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Research and Writing Tools
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Other Tips
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Announcements / prizes
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Questions / answers
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About this webinar

“So many ancestors; so little time.” If you find yourself repeating this mantra, come learn about the best timesaving apps and tools to help you get a handle on those backed-up research or photo-scanning projects, society meetings and conferences, and never ending “to-do” lists! Session will include a broad review of online tools, as well as apps for Android and iPhone/iPad platforms.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A., is a freelance writer, instructor, and internationally recognized lecturer specializing in Eastern European research and nonfiction writing. She is the author of 11 books, including the award-winning Three Slovak Women
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  1. Legacy Family Tree
    4 years ago

    1. interesting to see how wide flung the audience was. 2. will check into a lot of this quickly….have lots of time to do it now.

    A great presentation. A lot of good ideas for apps.

    Although I don’t use a smart phone at the present time, this will all be helpful when I do. Also gives me websites to look at and get further ideas. Good presentation~ Lisa knows her stuff!

    An interesting webinar. Really like the added syllabus

    An our was not enough!

    Another excellent speaker. Provided clear info and was able to respond to the questions thrown at her. Great insight on other tools I will look into for my genealogy projects!

    another great webinar can not wait to try some of these out, Thanks


    As a tech dinosaur I had no idea how much could be done with apps for my cell phone. Can’t wait to get started! Thank you.


    Awesome as always, Thanks Lisa

    Awesome! full of information.

    Awesome! Love listening to Lisa! Thank you!

    Content was great!

    Covered a lot in a short period of time.

    Crystal clear and packed full of great information.

    Encouraged me to go back and relook at some I have not used lately.

    Enjoyed it! Lots of good ideas!



    excellent Thank you

    Excellent info that will help me make some very useful purchases/selections. Thank you!

    Excellent information, I need more than 24 hours in a day to try all these new apps

    Excellent information. Thank you. I’m off to view your Trello webinar. Sounds like something I could find useful.

    Excellent overview of the many options for tools that can fit your style and help you to organize and do genealogy.

    Excellent presentation

    Excellent presentation. I am interested in several apps Lisa listed, and described. I’m glad that I’m a member; this webinar is worth a second viewing.

    Excellent webinar! Interesting tools to explore! Mind mapping looks very interesting. I like the idea of using mind mapping to create timelines. Lisa is an awesome communicator! Thanks to all for providing this webinar especially Legacy for also providing all the webinars with the new Friday webinars, tech zone webinars, etc! We are so lucky to have all these available!



    Excellent. Easy to follow and to listen to. Thank you for all you do.

    Fantastic information from Lisa!

    Fantastic webinar absolutely must watch again to recheck some of the Apps mentioned in the presentation.

    fun software programmes to try out – many thanks

    Gave some interesting information on various apps.


    good speaker, informative

    good tip about Airdrop


    GREAT except getting up to view at 6am in New Zealand is not that easy. However Webinar was well presented by Lisa.

    Great explanations of terrific information! Thanks!

    great info – too bad there wasn’t more time to compare apps within categories

  2. Legacy Family Tree
    4 years ago

    Great info. Learned a bunch of new apps.

    Great info. Thank you.

    Great information, but had to leave for another call.

    Great list of Apps to consider and try.

    Great overview of apps!

    Great presentation. Lisa Azlo is a treasure. I always learn so much when I tune in to her webinars.

    Great speaker and a lot of valuable tools that I will be using in the future.

    Great speaker. She covers a lot quickly, no wasted time!

    great technical suggestions and presented in an easy to understand way.

    Great tips! Thanks, Lisa!

    Great tool options.

    Great webinar!

    Great webinar!

    Huge amount of information for those who are relatively new to genealogy. I have too many other things on the go at the moment. Thanks

    I am just a beginner, this webinar show me how these tools will make it so much easier.

    I enjoyed it, though, as always, so much more for Apple than Android.

    I enjoyed learning about apps that I have never used before, as well as how they can be used and pictures of them as well.

    I learned a lot about the various apps out there that can help. Thank you, excellent presentation.

    I learned a lot. Thank you Lisa

    I learned about some never before heard of tools and look forward to checking out those apps. Thank!

    I learned so much from her. Now to pick which one I want to try/learn.

    I like how using comparisons of apps was presented — not just a list of apps and their functions.

    I loved the lists of different apps. Would like to hear more about some of the other apps listed.

    I was really looking forward to this and then got recalled back to work so I could only follow along visually as I led my own conference call. I appreciate that it was opened up during this time and hope to listen to the recording to fill in the talking points. Much appreciated!

    Im new at this, so missed her seminar..will try & listen to it from the start

    I’m thrilled to learn Lisa has webinars on Trello and other topics she discussed. Guess I’m not getting any household chores done this week!

    In body of webinar, suggest Ms Alzo incorporate backup into her main webinar. Glad it came up as a question. Overall great webinar.

    Informative. Took lots of notes for when I am ready to investigate apps.

    Interesting learning about apps I never heard of and their uses.

    It was helpful for me because I have not used any apps on my phone yet (I’m still a PC person), so this was helpful to not only learn of lots of apps, but get her take on how they work.

    It was nice to get a review of the products available to help we researchers as we gather, store and share our genealogical finds. Thank you to Lisa for giving us such a nice overview. I am excited to try some of the apps to see how I can organize data. I especially liked her example of the photo album. We have a beautiful album in our family, but not in my possession. I have scanned each page at our local library and kept the photos on a thumb drive, but not gone farther.

    It was very informative and it directed me to other webinars that will let me dive in a little further. Thanks Lisa.

    Learned about many new apps, good speaker

    Lisa always gives a good presentation.

    Lisa always has great information and presents it in a way that is understandable.

    Lisa always presents great formation!!!!

    Lisa Alzo = Always excellent!

    Lisa Alzo is a magnificent speaker. I learned so much from this webinar that I’m going to watch as many of hers that I can. She is knowledgeable, personable in her presentation, and she speaks on a level that is easily understood and received. I truly enjoyed her webinar today and advise all new and old genealogists to watch it at their leisure ~ as soon as possible!! Thanks a million, Lisa!! You’re awesome.

    Lisa Alzo never disappoints! Very interesting webinar packed full of very useful info! Much appreciated!

    Lisa does a good job always. This one gave me lots of ideas to think about and try. Thanks!

    Lisa has a lot of great info about the different types of apps. Never knew about most of them. Thanks for sharing your time and experience.

    Lisa introduced me to a new app, Artable, that I’d heard of but never used. It looks like something I can put to good use. Very knowledgeable, personable presenter.

    Lisa is a very experienced researcher, and very good presenter! She shared a lot of “tips” with us today–lots to digest. Great job, Lisa! Thank you!

  3. Legacy Family Tree
    4 years ago

    Lisa is always a great speaker and full of information that the rest of us can glean so much from. Thanks!!

    Lisa is always great. Great subject, too.

    Lisa is so thorough! All this is new for me. Thank you!

    Lisa presented many apps that I have never heard of and I am ready to check them out!

    Lisa presents her information very well. She is certainly organized. Thank you.

    Lisa provides so much great information. Looking forward into to organizing my research into a more usable format.

    Liza always gives us a ton of information!! I love her personal touch to what works for her and the examples let us think about our workflows and how we could use them as well.

    Liza is amazing. So knowledgeable and candid. I want to go back and listen to more of her previous webinars in the Library.

    Lot of aps out there for genealogy

    Lots of apps I wasn’t familiar with…Thanks!

    Lots of good info. Glad I had the handout.

    Lots of good information

    Lots of good information to help with our genealogy research

    lots of great info explained in easy to understand terms

    Lots of great information in a well organized format. Thank you.

    Lots of great information, very well presented

    Lots of information! Thanks Lisa Alzo!

    Lots of interesting and useful information. I use Trello for project management and love seeing new ways in can be used.

    Lots of wonderful info. Thank you for the tips on trying apps, and giving me “permission ” to try and experiment with different ones. I’m not real tech savvy, and am always hesitant because I feel I have to find the perfect app first time out! Can’t wait to get started!

    Loved the explanations of how the apps work and how Lisa used them.

    Many apps to explore!

    Many apps to investigate and incorporate

    Most informative and looking forwarded to using more apps. Thank you.

    Muchneeded subject

    Nice overview of some new programs I haven’t used and a couple I haven’t heard of. I haven’t tried Trello, but Lisa has me curious!

    Nice potpourri of apps. I’m glad she choose to tell which ones she is actually using because I am often overwhelmed with too many choices to make.

    Nicely organized, plenty of food for thought. Will want to try out some of these. Need to go explore the tech zone for more info

    One of the very best webinars Legacy has done.

    So glad to hear about Trello and Scrivener–they will solve two of the biggest organizational challenges I’m facing with my research.

    So many tools I would like to look at. I am hopeless because I keep notes on teeny pieces of paper that get lost or accidentally tossed out. Lisa gave a great presentation and it’s easy to see she likes what she does. Thank you.

    So much good information. Don’t know which way to go. Wished I had a personal trainer. Thanks

    Thank you much for your information & presentation. This was the 1st genealogy webinar i’ve attended with many seminars over the past 15-20 years. I’m not a beginner in research and note taking but, my weakness is using available technology for organizational purposes besides family trees. . My research & note taking started 40 yrs ago before copiers, internet, etc. so I have plenty of hand written notes and a few recordings. Your webinar has given me choices and what to look for and do and how to think.

    Thank you for providing this helpful information. As a family researcher, I like having the apps divided into the function categories to discuss. We really do need apps in each category as a genealogist. I have not used Scrivener before and that caught my attention today along with Joy Flips. I am in the process of purchasing a photo organization and storage program and looked at Memory Web earlier today. Definitely will check out Joy Flips. Thank you again.

    Thank you for the amazing syllabus! I can’t wait to play around with some of them.



  4. Legacy Family Tree
    4 years ago

    The speaker was very clear and used nice graphics. I was looking for apps that were more like Ancestry, FamilySearch, and MyHeritage. I was not as interested in the storage apps therefore I did not give it a 5.

    The syllabus contains a lot of useful information. Thank you!

    This lecture made very much aware of how far behind I am in using technology motivating me to do something about it. I am going to do something about it. Thanks.

    This was a great webinar! I loved the fact I could print the syllabus beforehand and take notes. I have so many apps I can go try out now, I”m super excited to be able to get more organized and more digital (it’ll be great to take my research with me when I’m not at home!) Thanks so much!

    to sum up: like a snow ball – the more I try to get to know the more and more I have to learn

    Too fast to take good notes. At times I wasn’t sure if she was explaining an apps details or she was talking about another app. She’s very knowledgeable and is easy to listen to.

    too much all at once, but great handout!

    Typically, TMI (Too Much Information) but a plan, non-the-less.

    Useful. Thank you!

    Very clear

    Very formative for this senior participant. Thank you.

    very good

    Very good organization of information.

    Very Helpful. Well presented.

    Very informational You have set the standard with all the excellent webinars I have viewed Thank you

    very informative

    very informative – and slides were very helpful

    Very informative and interesting. Thank you. : )

    Very informative!

    Very informative!

    Very informative, will be replaying it

    very informative. thanks!

    Very interesting and helpful

    Very knowledgable & easy to convey the info.

    Very well presented…thoughts to explore and think about!

    Well done as a great refresher for some apps I use plus introducing a few new ones that should be in my toolbox!

    Well done presentation, just not information I’ll find useful at this time.

    Well organized, knowledgeable and very good speaker. Lots of information to digest.


    wonderful information!

    Wonderful source of information


    Wonderful. Thank you so very much for offering these webinars free during this COVID pandemic!

    Wonderful. Loved it. I will watch more of Lisa Alzo’s lectures.

    Wow … I may just get organized thank you … a great presentation

    Wow, lots of great info! Thank you for providing the free webinars!


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