Using Cell Phones for Genealogy | Family and Friends Friday

Cell Phones?

Today I want to talk about using cellular phones in genealogy work. So in that spirit I am composing this post entirely on my phone. Phones are a great resource but many budding genealogists don’t know how to use them for your advantage. So let me break this down.


Cell Phones have nifty things called cameras. And you don’t need the latest and greatest to have a good camera. My phone cost a hundred dollars and has a fourteen megapixel camera on it which is just fine for Genealogy work.

You can take pictures of records, family members and memories. All have insights and impactful uses in genealogy work. There are even apps to turn your camera into a scanner!!

Apps You Need

1. Aviary – One of the best photo editors for your phone around.

2. OpenCamera – An amazing camera that may have more options than your stock camera.

3. Tiny PDF Scanner – The app that turns your phone into a scanner!!

Audio Recording

You can use your phone to make audio recordings as well. Keep stories in online archives for future generations as you can use your phone to interview folks in your family or for families you work for.

These audio recordings can be saved indefinitely and could contain and hold key pieces of data to help you bust through your walls in research.
Some apps you must have include

  1. Voice Recorder – Most phones come with one and it’s all you need for phone recordings.
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Greetings, My name is Kenneth Green and i am the originator and chief content creator at simplykenneth. Years ago i realized i had a given gift of communication and i felt that a journal online could help others and help myself. So i started my first blog three years ago, and this is the site that has all those records. I am married to a beautiful wife named Rachel and we have three kids well cats hehe, Sneaks, Squeaks, and Scrappy. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I have a love of culinary cooking (check out my food blog and genealogy ( i work in the political arena and n my down time i love to watch movies, youtube, and shopping! This site is an open window in my brain! Welcome to SimplyKG

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