OneNote keeps track of the stuff in my life. It also helps me achieve research nirvana in my family history research.

  • I can use it to gather, organize and share my research.
  • I can email information from my notebooks to anyone—even if they don’t have OneNote.
  • I can make PDFs of any page in my notebooks.
  • I can easily copy and/or clip articles and information from the Internet onto a page.
  • I can quickly copy and paste citation sources onto a page or into Notes.
  • I love that I can arrange the content on the page in whatever way appeals to me.
  • I can also just link to a file on my hard drive instead of displaying the whole file on a page. Clicking the link will open up the file.
  • I can put a photo or file on one page in a section and link to it on other pages in other sections and even in other notebooks.
  • I can embed an Excel or Word document and quickly open it to edit right from OneNote.
  • Using the split screen feature, I can easily transcribe documents or take notes during webinars.
  • I can create a name index that will link to each person’s section to make finding people easier.
  • Pages and sections can be moved around.
  • Notebooks can be split up into more as needed.
  • I can keep track of things that need to be done and things I have already done with a To-Do list.


In the coming days, I’ll show you how I do these things and more in OneNote.

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Erin Williamson Klein, “Research Nirvana.” My Family History Files, 3 April 2014 ( [access date]).

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A bit about me

Erin Williamson Klein
New York to Nevada
Started my research in 1993
Following the GPS!
Sourced Database Statistics:

2 of 2 people identified in 1st generation
3 of 4 people identified in 2nd generation
6 of 8 people identified in 3rd generation
12 of 16 people identified in 4th generation
22 of 32 people identified in 5th generation
26 of 64 people identified in 6th generation
20 of 128 people identified in 7th generation
8 of 256 people identified in 8th generation
8 of 512 people identified in 9th generation
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