Evernote & OneNote – Decisions, Decisions!

Readers of this blog may remember that I moved the majority of my material from One Note to Evernote a few years ago, whilst keeping an archive within OneNote.  At the time I loved the interface of Evernote and did not mind paying for the extra upload facility. Sadly changes at Evernote within the last year have meant that I am reviewing the Evernote vs One Note facilities again, just in case there is an “issue” with Evernote.

I am a fan of the book by Kerry Scott who wrote Evernote for Genealogists and there does not, as far as I can tell, appear to be a similar book for OneNote. What there is though, is a scheduled webinar at FamilyTree Webinars with Tessa Keough and I am hoping that might encourage me to stop procrastinating and make a decision. You can register for the webinar HERE. There is also rather helpful Facebook groups for both Evernote and OneNote.

I am a great fan of pen and paper despite using these online note taking platforms. I do not see myself ever stopping writing and using pen and paper for research and random notes, but technology is great and I embrace its use, and feel much happier when a my product of choice remains the same. A particular thing I love is the Evernote web clipper and that is a great asset of the product. I am sure there is now a similar feature with One Note, but I have not used it.

I recently created something for publication using the early notes from OneNote and must say I was happy to have that structure. This has been a few years in the writing, and has been written piecemeal style, with adjustments as it goes into editing mode ready for publication.

If you are like me and deliberating between Evernote and OneNote I would be happy to read your thoughts and comments.

About Julie Goucher

Genealogist, Author, Presenter, native Guildfordian, avid note taker and journal writer. Lover of Books, Stationery & History; Surnames, Butcher & Orlando One-Name Studies. Pharos Tutor for all One-Name Studies/surname courses as well as Researching Ancestors from Continental Europe.
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3 Responses to Evernote & OneNote – Decisions, Decisions!

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  2. Lisa Hill says:

    I’ve never heard of Evernote but I use One Note all the time to keep track of the books publishers send me, and I can see (I think) how it could be used for family history.
    What I particularly like about it is that I can click the One Note icon in Outlook (my email program) and a popup instantly asks me what section I want it the email sent to, and if it doesn’t show up in recent choices I only have to type the first couple of letters and there’s the publisher I want, and the email goes straight to that section.

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    • I tend to use Evernote as a family history archive. I am just about to finish a genealogical type project that I started in OneNote and continued with it there. That comprised of all the chapters, notes for images and quotations. When I have got the project edited and ready to go I will share a post on how I used OneNote.

      Evernote is similar, except there is no way to export from an email unless you use the email address that comes with each account. The benefit of OneNote is the fact that it slots together with other Office based programmes. I don’t use Outlook, preferring to access Gmail from a web browser, but I may well review that.


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