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The books are:

The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox, Second Edition

Mobile Genealogy: How to Use Your Tablet and Smartphone for Family History Research

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Following is the review of The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox that I wrote a while back.

I have used Lisa Louise Cooke’s 2011 first edition of The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox regularly in the last several years, and found it extremely helpful. The Second Edition is even more so. When it comes to tracing your family tree online, you need the right tools to get the job done. In The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox, Lisa helps you stuff your genealogy toolbox with FREE state-of-the-art Internet tools that are built to search, translate, message, and span the globe. You’ll travel outside the genealogy community and straight to the folks who dominate the online world: Google. A lot has changed since the first edition was published in 2011 (see list at the bottom of this post), and it’s all documented step-by-step in this second Edition.

Following is a list of the chapters found in the volume:

Introduction, Getting Ready to build Your Family Tree Fast

Chapter 1: Search Tools

Chapter 2: Basic & Advanced Search

Chapter 3: Search Strategies for High-Quality Results

Chapter 4: Site Search & Resurrecting Websites

Chapter 5: Image Search

Chapter 6: Common Surname Searches

Chapter 7: Google Alerts

Chapter 8: Gmail

Chapter 9: Google Books

Chapter 10: Google News Archive

Chapter 11: Google scholar

Chapter 12: Google Patents

Chapter 13: Google Translate

Chapter 14: YouTube

Chapter 15: Google Earth: An Overview

Chapter 16: Google Earth: Ancestral Homes & Locations

Chapter 17: Google Earth: Organizing & Sharing

Chapter 18: Google Earth: Historic Images & Maps

Chapter 19: Google Earth: Plotting Your Ancestor’s Homestead

Chapter 20: Google Earth: Adding Family History Content

Chapter 21: Google Earth: Family History Tour Maps

Appendix: Find it Quick: The “How To” Index

I love this guidebook, and recommend it to anyone who wants to get more use of the online “tools” available to them. Check out the items that are new, expanded or updated in the Second Edition.

Google Search: Put an end to fruitless searches forever – UPDATED!

Searching Common Surnames – NEW!

Google Alerts: Your personal genealogy research assistant – UPDATED!

Gmail: Never lose another email – EXPANDED!

Google Books: The world’s history at your fingertips – UPDATED!

Google News Archives: Free digitized historic newspapers – UPDATED!

Google Patents: Research the inventor in your family – NEW!

Google Scholar: Explore the world’s most scholarly sources – NEW!

Google Translate: Explore foreign language websites – UPDATED!

YouTube: Build your own genealogy channel – NEW!

Google Earth: Rock Your Ancestor’s World – EXPANDED!

Following is a review of Mobile Genealogy, written some time ago…

Finally – we have a great new guide for those of us who use mobile devices! This book takes the place of Turn Your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse, written by Lisa Louise Cooke in 2012. The iPad volume was becoming dated, and mobile devices of all kinds have sprung up since the publication of that book. Not only are folks using iPads & iPhones for genealogy, but many of us are using devices that run Android operating systems. I never felt the need for an iPad, but I’ve been using the iPhone and Android smart phones for years. I’m currently using a Samsung Android smart phone that I’m very pleased with. I use it for all kinds of genealogy applications.

Mobile Genealogy’s coverage of Android as well as Apple, makes this book twice as valuable a guide as Lisa’s previous book. Think iOS as well as Android. And Lisa’s use of step-by-step instructions (for us computer tech dummies!), as well as a myriad of high-quality illustrations make the book an educational delight. I can honestly say that this volume is changing the way I use my devices, allowing me to find more ancestors, and other relatives – and it’s saving me TIME – something I have begun to value at my age. (grin)

Access the Computer On Your Desk at Home!

Chapter 15 covers using your mobile device to access your home computer. I’ll bet most of you never even considered connecting to your PC with your smart phone. Yes – it’s possible, and Lisa gives step-by-step instructions on how to do that too! So – whether you are using a tablet, or a smart phone, you can access stuff that’s 1000 miles away – or maybe just around the corner.

Screen Capture on my Smart Phone?!

Chapter 4 really gets into the nitty-gritty of better browsing with your mobile device. Although covered in Lisa’s 2012 iPad book, this chapter takes the subject to a whole new level. Her section on mobile web-clipping and screen capture was a great help to me. I’ve always had problems with screen capture and had basically given up on it. Now I know what to do!

Translation Strategies

Lisa’s section on translation strategies in Chapter 10 just opened up a world of new data for me – and it can for you. She explains how the Google Translate App from the App Store or Google Play can be used for capturing data on your ancestor from foreign-language books – translated into English so you can actually read it! Yes – we all know the shortcomings of translation programs, but I am happy to accept anything dealing with my ancestors, and the towns they lived in, even if the English is a bit messy. Think Google Books here folks – loaded with stuff on our ancestors, much of which we can’t read! You can even use your phone’s camera to capture, OCR, and translate any words or phrases! Lisa takes the reader step-by step through how to use the marvelous technology that’s resting in your hand!

Following is an expanded Table of Contents for the volume.


A Few Tips for Using the Book


Chapter One: The Tablet Mindset

Tablet Mindset Guidelines

App Consolidation

Chapter Two: Genealogy Task Wish List


Chapter 3: There’s An App for That!

App Store

Google Play Store

Staying Up to Date – App Resources

Chapter 4: Browsing





Chapter 5: Note Taking




Microsoft Word

Google Docs

Chapter 6: File Storage & Management


Google Drive


Chapter 7: Audio



Chapter 8: Photos

Capturing Photos

Photomyne Pro – Album Scanner

Storing and Organizing Photos

iCloud Photo Library

Google Photos

Working with Photos

Adobe Photoshop Express

Color Splash for iPad

Android Alternative to Color Splash for iPad: Color Splash FX



Chapter 9: Reading

Reading Content from the Web



Reading eBooks and Documents


Play Books


Chapter 10: Collaboration & Communication




Google Translate

Chapter 11: Travel

Chapter 12: Genealogy



Reunion for iPad



Family Tree

FamilySearch Memories

Chapter 13: Education & Information

Podcasts (Audio)

Genealogy Gems


Chapter 14: Captivating Non-Genealogists

Pic Collage

Google Earth


THIS DAY in My Family History

Little Family Tree


Chapter 15: Power Boost Your Tablet: Remote Access

Chrome Remote Desktop

Chapter 16: Mobile Tips & Tricks

New Features

Keyboard and Gesture Tips and Tricks

Navigation Tips and Tricks

Voice Command

Functionality Tips and Tricks

App Related Tips and Tricks


Chapter 17: Mobile Genealogy Means Adventurous Genealogy

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