A free software program, Zotero is ready to be your genealogy research assistant. Organizing all your genealogy research files, papers, and notes in one place, and easily accessible in an instant.
What Zotero is not…
Zotero is not a “family tree” software program. It is a research-orientated organizational system for all your paper files in a digital world. No longer will you need to add the information of one source to all the people in your family tree that it pertains to. You only need to add the information one time, and it will be available for as many families, people, or places you need.
Family tree software programs serve to document where a fact was found. It is not meant to be a storage or organization system for all the other research that goes into building the family tree.
Zotero as Your Research Assistant:
Zotero helps keep you plan your research, store your research, analyze your research, and helps make writing a proof summary or argument as easy as pie. All while eliminating the need for storage of hundreds of paper files.
Research Assistant with a Plan
Zotero is capable of being your research plan and “to do” list. Easily keeping records of what you have searched, what you found, and what you haven’t. Saving you time and energy and enabling you to spend more time searching. You can add documents, photos, spreadsheets, maps, PDF files, web pages, whole books, and book sections.
Thanks to its organizational structure of using both folders and tags, it frees up your time, which in turn allows you to spend more time researching. Its system of parent and child notes allows you to enter a source one time, and attaching that source to as many people or pages as you need. You can also add notes to your research all within the program itself.
Assisting with Analyzing Data
The software is available at Zotero.org, and is available for Windows and Mac. For more detailed information on using Zotero for genealogy research, pick up a copy of “Zotero for Genealogy; Harnessing the Power of Your Research” by Donna Cox Baker. The cost is about $22 paperback, or $10 Kindle. (and no, I do not make anything from the sale if you decide to purchase)
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