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Mobile Monday – Giveaway

*This is an updated post. has also posted on their blog about the contest. There will be four winners, including one from Find My Ancestor. For a description of the contest and rules, see below. For almost the past year I have been writing the Mobile Monday Series, discussing mobile apps you can use for your genealogical research. Many of the apps I have reviewed and discussed have been for the iPhone and iPad, but every once in a while I have talked about a few Android apps. This week I am wanting to hear from you. I have been telling you which apps are my favorite, but I want to know what you think. You tell me which apps are your favorite and why, and in return one of you will receive a free 1-year Pro Membership to To be eligible to win, simply comment on this post or send an email via the Contact page on Find My Ancestor with your thoughts on mobile apps, which one is your favorite and why. Here are some ideas to help you narrow down why an app has been your favorite:
  • Which app has helped you break down a brick wall?
  • Which app has helped you stay organized the most?
  • Which app is the most simple to use, but yet very handy?
  • What kind of app would you like to see developed?
  • Which app is on the iPhone/iPad that you would like to see on an Android? Vice versa?
  • Which app helps you collaborate with family or other genealogists?
  • Which app has the best synchronization with your desktop computer's software program?
Again, this week is all about you. What do you like? What do you not like? Many people out there do not have a mobile device they could do their genealogy on and I'm sure there are people out there wondering what else is available and what is helpful to others. The contest begins today, March 28 and will end Friday, April 1 at 3 PM (PT). The winner will be notified by Next week with instructions on how to redeem their free 1-year Pro Membership to
Disclosure: has offered me to give one free 1-year Pro Membership to away on my blog. I have also received a 1-year Pro Membership from for feedback and to write about it on my blog. Any opinions expressed in this post or any future post about are mine.

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  1. This may sound trite but it’s Google Maps for me. I realize many may respond with more niche apps, or ones we’ve never heard of, and maybe that discovery of new apps is part of this process, but just as we’d be foolish to give a nod to Pong when discussing video games, I have to herald Google Maps as the lifechanger for me. It’s kept me from getting lost, it’s saved me more than a few times when I managed to get lost, it’s helped connect me to businesses (even ones I couldn’t quite remember the name of), and on many occasions helped me skirt around traffic jams. In short, it’s connected me to people, events, and locations in ways no other app can.

  2. I like the app-I can access each of my trees and view the profiles whenever I have a question when talking to my family.

  3. app is great for motivating other people to get started on their family history. also, evernote for being able to access notes and add to them on the fly.

  4. I like google maps for a different reason. I was unfamiliar with all the small towns in Germany. Google Maps helped me to find the parish I was looking for. It made the information I needed a lot easier to find.

  5. For me the most important application is Opera-Mini. It’s the only way to see Geni tree or in general web. It’s sometimes only way to show my family my grandpa without large laptop. It’s the easiest method to check when my aunt has a birthday.
    It’s simple to use. Right click, write some word, push search and voilà! I would like to see simple offline/online version of with synchronization option. To show connection and family photos. Regards

  6. I have a pretty simple phone, and don’t really utilize apps. However, I recently received a nookcolor for my birthday, and made a fun discovery! I started doing searches for names, places, etc in my family history and found that people have put a great number of old documents in E-reader form, and many of them are free downloads. For example, I was able to find a program from the early 1900s, celebrating the Centennial of Guyandotte, WVa (the town where my ggg-grandparents settled after they married.) This gave a a great glimpse into life in the town they lived in! I’ve had a lot of fun browsing for hidden jewels!

  7. Google maps and the street view. I can go to a place, and know exactly where to turn, like I’ve been there a million times.

  8. I agree. Google maps has been great. I have used it to find the small towns in Germany and Poland that my family are from. It’s great to get that visual connection.

  9. I would LOVE to have either Ancestry or My Heritage Family Tree Builder with an app for Android. Most of the ones I see are for Ipod, Ipad. I will check into GENI and see what they have, who knows, maybe I will switch.

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