I think I may have found a tool to manage my to-do lists and projects

3 Jul

I have been looking for database software to enable me to store information about houses or properties that are connected to my family tree, such as current address, maps or grid references.

I still haven’t found what I was looking for, but I may have found the solution for managing my to-do lists and next actions on my different projects.

I am still evaluating (or playing around with) it but I think TreeDBNotes could be just the tool for keeping track of my research. I am just trying out the free version, and it looks pretty flexible, I particularly like the tree structure.

I am thinking of having one folder per family surname, and then sub-folders of different types, such as one for the individual people I am researching, another for general research goals, perhaps another for the ancestral home, the possibilities are endless. The folders can be colour coded and have different icons, depending on the category.

The actual notes side of it looks very flexible (I normally use a basic text editor like notepad), with the ability to insert all sorts of different objects such as images and tables. The text can be formatted in many different styles, just like you would expect in a fully featured word processor.

There are only two drawbacks I can see at the moment and they could both be my fault. Firstly I haven’t been able to get the global search to work. I would like to be able to search across all notes in the tree.

The second problem I can see is that I might spend more time formatting and editing the notes than I would actually doing any research. It may be the case that I need to set up some predefined folder types and templates to stop me getting carried away.

I would be interested to hear if anyone else is using TreeDBNotes (or something similar) to track their research, in the mean time I will continue playing with it using it and see if it is a help or a hindrance.

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