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 as parents
4 of 4 people identified as grandparents
8 of 8 people identified as great-grandparents
16 of 16 people identified as 2x great-parents
30 of 32 people identified as 3x great-grandparents
44 of 64 people identified as 4x great-grandparents
52 of 128 people identified as 5x great-grandparents
32 of 256 people identified as 6x great-grandparents
14 of 512 people identified as 7x great-grandparents
8 of 1024 people identified as 8x great-grandparents
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