09 June 2017

Is There an App?

Is There an App?

Reading the newspaper, I learned that the North Carolina Museum of Art now has an app full of information.  My mind immediately wondered if armchair genealogists might not be taking advantage of apps from places afar, just because they didn't know that such exist or hadn't thought to look ?!?!

Just because we won’t physically visit a museum, historic site or related, doesn’t mean that we cannot sit on our couch and learn about something relevant to our family history research.

An obvious place to start is the HISTORY HereTM app.  I say obvious because it is GPS driven and will tell you about what history is near you and also places you might be visiting and locales where ancestors were found. Similarly, there is Next Exit History (includes over 60,000 sites)

Many apps for historic sites help you navigate around – which is very helpful – though, not quite as helpful when sitting on your couch.  Some though, provide an in-depth look at history such as the Slavery at Monticello app. Others fall in-between – useful info when visiting and then historical elements such as found in The Mount Vernon App.

What about event apps?  The Civil War Trust has some battle location apps. Additionally, you can find apps for Revolutionary War battlefields (android – there also is a French and Indian War one) and Revolutionary War history (itunes).

Family connected to Savannah – a couple of options are AIA Savannah’s Historic District and S.G. Adventures Historic Savannah (itunes, android)

There are also apps for the Smithsonian, NARA, Library of Congress, and National Park Service.

Because some apps are only available on iTunes or Google Play (for Android), you will need to do some store-specific exploring to identify apps to check out.

I guess it’s fortunate that at the moment my smartphone is a bit short on memory, otherwise, I’d be very distracted trying out all these apps!

I have just scratched the surface of what I am sure is out there!  Now it’s your turn to explore and share what you discover!!!

What history-related app have you found most beneficial to your genealogy research?

What is your favorite history-related app?

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