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  • Writer's pictureDevon Noel Lee

Google Doc Features Every Genealogist Should Know

Google Docs has a powerful set of tools that you need to help edit and improve your family history writing. Several tools can help you finally get your family history book ready for publication.

In this video, I feature # tools that help me improve my family history and write genealogy research reports. However, before I can use these tools, I have to remember the most important rule of writing.

The goal of your first draft is to GET THE THING FINISHED!

During the premiere, a fan said, "The goal of the first draft is to get 'er done!" Mind you, he's from Canada, so this Texan slang warms my homesick heart.

Google Docs Tools to Genealogists Should Be Using

  1. Footnotes - to track your citations.

  2. Comments - for reminders to yourself or to collaborate with others.

  3. Find and Replace - to increase consistencies in style (i.e., Ohio vs. OH, USA vs, US vs. United States).

  4. Dictionary - quickly find the meaning of words without leaving your document.

  5. Insert Special Characters - add accent marks to letters or add other special symbols, so you don't have to remember shortcut keys.

  6. Highlighting Text - to visually remind yourself of tasks you need to do.

  7. Version History - to restore a previous version or find past changes to copy and paste into the current version.

Click on this video to see how to use these tools. Sometimes it's easier to show rather than tell.

Watch this video

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