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Top 10 Posts for 2018



The top ten posts for 2018 were as follows:
  1. The Great Genealogy Shape Up of 2018
  2. US Marine Casualty Cards (from 2014)
  3. Evernote Research Checklist (from 2018) 
  4. Goodbye Evernote, Hello OneNote (from 2018)
  5. Evernote To Do List Update (from 2015)
  6. Using Evernote for My Planner (from 2017)
  7. Tagging and Notebooks in Evernote (from 2015)
  8. How I Process Death Certificates using Evernote Reminders (from 2017)
  9. How to add the Genealogy Notebook to Your Evernote (from 2016)
  10. Putting Pen to Paper (from 2018)
The most surprising one was the US Marine Casualty Cards post from 2014.


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