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Goodbye Evernote, Hello OneNote






What?  I'm leaving Evernote behind!

As most of you know I have been a huge Evernote supporter from the beginning and I have had a paid membership from the beginning {until October 1st}.   There has been a lot of talk about Evernote not lasting much longer because they have been making a lot of changes and letting people go.  That got me thinking about what I would do if they did cease to exist.  I started looking at all of my options and the best option, for me, is OneNote.  I already have it on my computer and it is free.  I can use OneNote on my desktop, laptop, phone, and table all for free.  I can still use tags {a bit different than what I am use to but it works and I am finding that I really don't need that many tags}.  I can still search for things and actually find what I am looking for.  I can still clip stuff from the web using the OneNote clipper.  I'm currently working on moving notes from Evernote to OneNote.  It can be a bit tedious but the process has forced me to look at my notes and get rid of the ones that are not important or just don't apply to my interest right now.  I have found that about 50% of my notes are being deleted.  Yes, I am deleting notes! 

If you are wondering about the fate of Evernote and what will happen to your notes my best advice is to start looking for an alternative to Evernote and try out a few of the options.  Make sure you have an exit strategy just in case.  If you are moving from Evernote what are you using?

Don't worry, there will be more posts on the move in the upcoming weeks.



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  1. Well, here we are in November 2019 and Evernote is alive and well. I have experimented with One Note. I don’t dislike it, but prefer the user interface of EN. I have hundreds of notes so moving would be a huge task. Like you, I would probably delete half the notes. But, I’d rather research and write blog posts. I hope this doesn’t come back to bite me.

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    1. Hi Diane

      I actually just updated Evernote. I did keep some notes in Evernote just not my genealogy notes. I use the free Evernote option now and it is working out. OneNote has worked great for my genealogy but it is a mess right now. I need to spend some time cleaning up the mess. Am I glad I moved my genealogy notes? Yes. I do wish my notes were a little more organized though. One drawback has been that I cannot copy and paste from OneNote to Legacy but I have found a workaround.

      Thanks for stopping by and giving me an update.
      Shannon

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NOTE: 2 Feb 2014 -- Link updated to shared notebook

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How I use Evernote for my genealogy.

I use Evernote to store everything including my genealogy research.
You want to use Evernote in a way that makes sense to you.  Tags, notebooks, no tags or no notebooks; do whatever works the best for you.
Notebooks (the blue box)
Notebooks are sorted alphabetically so if there are notebooks you want at the top of your list you can use ! or @ or ~ in front of your notebook title.  In my image, for example, I have my INBOX notebook with an ! in front to keep this notebook at the top of the list.  I use a ~ to keep my GENEALOGY notebook stacks together.  I have an ARCHIVE notebook and in front of that I put an x to keep it at the bottom of …