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Genealogy and History APPS
For those people who have an iPhone, iPodTouch, iPad or other mobile device that uses apps, this section will let you know about those that might be of interest. These have been found on the iTunes store but if you have another device, then use Google to find the relevant version to suit you. Some of these apps have associated web pages where those without suitable mobile devices can still access information.

Geneaology and History Research Assistant One of the Wolfram Personal Assistant range this app takes historical, geographical and statistical data and computes it to give you answers to questions you might have regarding genealogy or history.
Who Do You Think You Are? Forum Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine is Britain's best-selling family history title and its forum is a vibrant meeting place for family historians to discuss anything from episodes of Who Do You Think You Are? to the latest record releases. It's also the perfect solution for finding answers to family history problems from photo identification to elusive ancestors. With this new app you will be able to search, add comments and keep track of posts and responses from your iPhone or iPod Touch much more easily.
Writing Family History (Audio) Open University This album contains extracts from interviews with a wide range of people talking about family history. Some history is recalled in oral form, some in photographic and some in written form as biographical or autobiographical evidence.
Billion Graves This specialised iPhone camera app helps contributors easily capture photos of the headstones in any cemetery. Then upload them to the database. The app constantly updates the photo location as you move from grave to grave. Once online others can help transcribe the information from each headstone, making it easy to search.
Bit Torrent Sync A personal file syncing application, BitTorrent Sync lets you sync an unlimited number of files and folders of any size across all of your trusted devices- computers, iPhones, iPads etc. It gives you access to all of your synced folders when you’re on the go, and introduces a new mobile-to-mobile sharing feature for easily sending your photos and videos to your friends. Your data is never stored on anyone else's servers, which is different to many file sharing apps.
Cairns Heritage Tour Dig beneath the shiny surface of modern day Cairns with this self-guided tour of 20 heritage sites around the city, including images, spoken-word stories and fascinating information on historical sites and influential people, dating back to 1896.
Cam Scanner Free CamScanner is an intelligent document management solution for individuals, small businesses, organisations, governments and schools. It is the perfect fit for those who want to scan, sync, share and manage various contents on all devices.
Cousin Calc CousinCalc makes it very easy to determine the proper term for a relationship.
Date Calculator & Date Difference Perfect for anyone who needs to find the number of years / months and days between two dates or for anyone who needs to know time periods in the future or past.
Evernote Evernote is an easy-to-use, free app that helps you remember everything across all of the devices you use. Stay organized, save your ideas and improve productivity. Evernote lets you take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders--and makes these notes completely searchable, whether you are at home, at work, or on the go. Excellent way to capture and keep track of genealogy research.
Evernote Scannable Automatically capture high-quality scans anywhere. This app scans fast when you point your camera at documents, Post-it® Notes, or whiteboards and Scannable immediately captures them. It also saves time as Scannable automatically rotates, crops, and adjusts images so your scans are clear and easy to read. Then you can send documents to colleagues via email or text, or save them to Evernote and other apps.
Family House Created by BrightSolid, a well known genealogy company, Family House is a great new game all about your old family. This all new social game allows you to explore your family history like never before. Meet and greet your ancestors while introducing them to the rest of your family to bring everyone together for the first time. Free on iPhone, iPad and Facebook it is a fun way to get into your history and involve your whole family.
FlipBoard Flipboard is an app that creates a personalized magazine out of everything being shared with you. Fill Flipboard with the things you like to read, from family history blogs and publications and save articles to read later. Flip through your Facebook newsfeed, tweets from your Twitter timeline, photos from Instagram friends and much more. Flipboard creates a single place to enjoy, browse, comment on and share all the news, photos and updates that matter to you.
Google Drive Google Drive is one safe place for all your stuff. Upload photos, videos, documents, and other files that are important to you, then access what you need wherever you go, on any device. Get going with up to 15GB of storage. Free.
Google Earth Explore the same global satellite and aerial imagery available in the desktop version of Google Earth, including highresolution imagery for over half of the world's population and a third of the world's land mass. With Google Earth, you can navigate the world with a swipe of your finger; swipe with two fingers to adjust your view to see mountainous terrain; show the Panoramio layer and browse the millions of geo-located photos from around the world; view geolocated Wikipedia articles; use the Location feature to fly to your current location and search for cities, places, and business around the globe with Google Local Search
Historical English Calendar Historical English Calendar is a streamlined offline date-calculator for those interested in English history, literature, and genealogy. It converts between Old and New Style dates (Gregorian and Julian), calculates the day of the week, identifies the dates of moveable holidays (Easter, etc.), and calculates regnal years through Queen Victoria. Date calculations are also accurate for European history outside of Great Britain, before 1582 and after 1752.

Jot About

A simple to use journal with more advanced features for users wanting more in depth entries. Add as many entries as desired, create relationships between entries, add photos and voice notes and track costs. It includes a free basic journal with additional specialised journals available as in-app purchases, covering such topics as Genealogy and Heirlooms.
Ilaro: Research, Note & Citation Database Improve your research productivity with Ilaro, a research note taking database that combines the best features of note cards, research journals, and databases in one beautiful and friendly interface. Ilaro makes it easier to organize research notes, track citations, develop new ideas, and prepare to write research reports. Ilaro saves time and gets the most out of your research.
OCR Scanner - Images & documents to text Simply take a picture of a document that you would like to extract text from, and e-mail the image to yourself, coworkers, friends. You will all receive not only the image but a text file that contains the editable text that is extracted from the image. Great for capturing information in books, newspapers, documents and on signs.
iThoughts HD iThoughtsHD is a mind mapping tool for the iPad. Mindmapping enables you to visually organise your thoughts, ideas and information. Typical Uses: • Task lists. • Brainstorming. • Project planning. • Goal setting.• Meeting Notes. Great for visualising your problems and looking for new areas to research.

Magnifier Flash

If you never have a magnifier handy when you need to read that small print then this is a handy app that not only includes the magnifier but also a flashlight for use in the dark. Not only will you use it for documents but it can be great for finding the key hole in the front door when you have forgotten to leave the front light on.
Pic Scanner Old photos in albums or shoe boxes? Transfer them to iPhone or iPad with this app. Place 2, 3, even 4 photo prints 1/2" apart on white background and photograph them together. Pic Scanner will magically crop and save them. Try it free first, then buy unlimited scanning and sharing. With Pic Scanner, you can also edit photos, add captions and filters, create albums; share photos with family & friends on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or email, or enjoy browsing on the retina screen of your iPhone or iPad.
Pinterest Pinterest is a tool to find your inspiration and share it with others. Use it to collect things you love, organize and plan important projects, and more. • Pin images from around the web • Explore pins and boards under Family History and you will find a huge amount of tips, projects, ideas and general inspiration shared by others. If you don’t have a mobile device you can still follow Pinterest on your computer
Print "Print" enables you to quickly and easily print out photos, contacts, & phone numbers - or print out web pages to read later. "Print" will enable you to print directly
Puffin Web Browser Are you tired of not being able to view Adobe Flash videos on your mobile device, then download Puffin to browse the web and you will be able to view these easily. You may even switch to this as your regular browser as it downloads content faster than most other browsers used on mobile devices.
QR Code Reader and Scanner Quick Response Code reader which will scan QR Codes using your device
QR Code Generator Create your own Quick Response Codes
Smart PDF Scanner Pro Snap a picture of your document and Smart PDF Scanner Pro creates a cross platform compatible PDF file you can instantly send to whoever you wish. It automatically detects the pages edges and corrects perspective.
Scanner Pro Use your device to snap a picture of a book, document, certificate or most anything else. It will make multiple pages into one document and turn your scans into PDF files that you can email.
Shoebox The fastest way to scan old paper photos and share them with family and friends.
Tap Translate This app enables you to translate ay word, sentence or page on the Safari browser, on your mobile device, with a single tap. You won’t need to type anything in or leave the browser, simply tap a word and you will instantly get a bubble with the translation.
ThingLink Use ThingLink to instantly add video and text to images. Create unforgettable greetings, interactive travel photos, and capture best moments. Share images to your friends on Twitter or Facebook — and communicate in new ways. ThingLink introduces a new, richer way to share your history through photos.
Timeline 3D Simple way to create multimedia timelines for school, work or home presenting chronologies and events with a new perspective. Just enter your events, add your media and Timeline 3D will automatically create your timeline. Fantastic way of presenting a personal or family history to share with others as it can be shown on the device or exported to PowerPoint or Pages.
Universal Date Converter - Archaic Helps you to convert a date in one calendar system to another calendar and provides all the following calendars:  Current – Gregorian and Julien;  Historic - French Republic (Julian, Gregorian and Equinox computation);  Soviet (5 days);  Maya;  Armenian (2 calendars). You can easily compute the number of days between two dates of two different calendars. You can, as well, export a date converted in all calendars format to Note or Mail.
WEB to PDF Save your favorite web content to PDF and view it anytime, anywhere. Save articles to simply read them later, access important information without an Internet connection; record any web content in case it becomes unavailable; share PDFs with family or partners
WolframAlpha Not specifically for family history this app is like a computational search engine into which you put questions and it pulls the answers from reliable external data sources. So to use it in your research you might ask about possible nicknames for a specific given name, what £20 would be worth in today’s currency, calculate a birth date, work out family relationships etc. It can be a valuable tool for family history. There is a more specific app from Wolfram called Research Assistant – Genealogy and History if this is all you are interested in but the Alpha app includes much more.
World History Atlas HD with 3D A useful reference for any student of world history. Each map has been designed to be colourful, easy-to-read, and informative, without sacrificing detail or accuracy. These carefully selected maps provide comprehensive global coverage for the major historical periods.
YouTube Download the app and explore family history videos from organisations such as Family Search, Ancestry, Find My Past, Australian National Archives, Australian War Memorial, State Library of South Australia and many many more related organisations, archives and topics.
Ancestry Take the tree that you have uploaded to with you where ever you go. You can upload, edit and review while you are on the move.
Branches Branches for iPad is a unique family tree viewer where you can see your entire family tree in a global view. Just zoom in to see all the “street level” details like relationships, events, photos, sources, notes and documents. The simple yet very powerful patented methods allow you to focus on the pure data in your genealogy database. This helps you visualize modern complex relationships including multiple marriages and adoptions. It also shows you where you have data and where you are missing data.
Families Designed to operate in conjuction with Legacy Family Tree on your computer, easily transferring files to edit and view where ever you are.
FamilySearch Tree This viewer makes it easy and convenient for existing Family Tree users to view the details of their family trees, plus add photos and stories to their family branches.
FamViewer FamViewer can be used with any Windows, Macintosh, or Linux genealogy program that will create GEDCOM files. It also allows you to upload and view GEDCOM genealogy database files on your iPhone.
GedView A family tree viewer that is not connected with a specific program but able to accept an imported gedcom. A viewer and recording tool for your genealogy database when you are out and about researching local records or visiting locations.
My Heritage Brought to you by this app allows you to sync with your family site stored on their website, create personal profile pages to share, have your family tree with you to refer to on the go, easily share photos with family and friends and play the fun celebrity look-alike feature.
Reunion This app is designed as a companion product to Reunion for Mac which you would have installed on your computer. Browse, view, navigate, search and edit your tree while you are on the go.
RootsMagic This viewer is designed as a companion product to RootsMagic, the award-winning desktop genealogy software which makes researching, organizing, and sharing your family history easy. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced professional, RootsMagic may be the perfect tool for you!
Adelaidia Through bite size chunks of information, historical photographs, stories, audio and video learn about Adelaide's key attractions,
historical buildings and the people, places, events and streets that have made the CBD what it is today. This fantastic free iPhone app will allow you to explore over 200 sites throughout the CBD on foot. Use the in-app augmented reality viewer (which allows you to point your device directly at a location to get its history), take a predefined walking tour of the city, or browse locations on the map to explore the history on the streets around you.
Anne Frank In the summer of 1942, fleeing the horrors of the Nazi occupation, Anne Frank and her Jewish family were forced into hiding in the back of an Amsterdam warehouse. Aged thirteen when she went into the Secret Annexe, Anne kept a diary in which she confided her innermost thoughts and feelings. In this iPad edition of a much loved and published book, there are over 40 audio clips, the full text, exclusive audio extracts with notes, historic documents and handdrawn maps plus timelines alongside expert commentary on key events. Anne Frank died in prison in Bergen-Belsen,
three months short of her sixteenth birthday and just a few weeks before the prison was liberated.
Black Plaques London Memorials to misadventure this is the definitive guide to London’s dark side. Retrospectively rubberneck on London’s least celebrated tales - ones that some might hope were best forgotten. With augmented reality at each site and no skimping on important detail, the effect can be alarmingly vivid. Over 300 virtual plaques give a compendium of colourful vignettes - little-known to locals let alone visitors, exposing foibles and failings that DON'T get mounted on a
Boer War Collection This app will give you a link to books written about the First Boer War 1880-1881 and the Second Boer War 1899-1902.
Four Corners 50 Years The Four Corners 50 Years app marks a celebration of five decades of the ABC's flagship investigative news program, Four Corners. The app presents a collection of groundbreaking stories from the past fifty years. Explore the program's archive by decade or by theme. Includes extended interviews with reporters, producers, researchers and crew; plus five unique video presentations that showcase the best programs from each decade. This is a unique archive of Australia's current affairs history.
History Map of Australia The history of Australia is filled with crucial events and cultural advances. History Map Australia allows you to create and share historical events in real time. Find a historical event locations with Apple Maps and spoken turn-by-turn navigation.
Hoddle's Grid - Street History of Melbourne Hoddle’s Grid gives you a unique perspective of Melbourne’s central business district through the history of the buildings and streets in photographs and pictures. The State Library of Victoria presents hundreds of photographs and pictures from the Library’s collection to cast a new light on an old city, and show you a grand old Melbourne in all its glory against the Melbourne of today. Hoddle’s Grid was created by and named after Robert Hoddle (1794–1881), a senior surveyor in the 1830s who mapped the central grid layout of the streets in the centre of Melbourne.
Lib Anywhere Search, discover, and interact with participating libraries--anywhere you are, right away. Search the catalogue, place a hold and reserve items, see what you have checked out, renew items, see upcoming events, contact a librarian, and more.
London Streets An interactive journey of exploration through the old streets of London. London Streets provides an immersive and engaging exploration of the origins of the names of City of London streets. The app uses a variety of interaction techniques - from tap/touch to view full-screen images, to pinch-zoom in/out to see more detail, to sideways swipes to reveal more images and the use of a lens able to "see through time".
Obituary Obituary is an app that allows you to read obituaries from thousands of papers across America and the rest of the world. By organizing thousands of newspapers into gorgeous menus categorized by location you will be able to find the stories you want much faster than searching the internet or papers. Each paper provides a brief preview of the obit, the ability to read the entire obit, share it through Facebook, twitter, or email, and even favorite it or write a comment. There are also highlights of the most recent obituaries of celebrities and other highly accomplished individuals.
Research Logger Keep track of the research you have done so you are not going over old ground. This app features separate log entries for each ancestor with the ability to add pictures and audio to your findings.
State Library of SA Walking Tours Self-guided walking tours highlight aspects of the city of Adelaide, allowing you to travel through time at your own
pace. Current tours include: Darkness in the City of Light; War memorials of Adelaide; Lost Adelaide: the West End;
Significant South Australians; Dowie’s Adelaide; State Library of South Australia trail and Orientation to the State
Library of South Australia.
SepiaScape Richmond Explore Tasmania’s scenic town of Richmond with pictures that fade from past to present with the sweep of a finger. Richmond was the first major farming settlement in colonial Tasmania. Bypassed by the Sorell Causeway, Richmond retains many links with its wealthy (and not very respectable) past, along with the arched sandstone convict-built bridge that still carries main road traffic. You can explore 88 pictures of Richmond and compare past and present from 1843 to 2010.
Timeline Eons A graphic representation of the entire natural and human history. Scrollable timeline thousands of times longer than the Earth's circumference. Editable time range that can span trillions of years into both the past and the future. Zoomable timeline that can display dates and times down to a fraction of a second. Wide-ranging events from the Big Bang and evolution, to historical events and future projections. Concise and fun facts with links to additional external resources.
Today in History Not only can you view what happened in history today (births, deaths, notable events, holidays and observances), but you can also add what has happened today that was significant to you. This can be added to your profile and shared with your friends. This is a quick, easy reference to use for timelines or for prompting memories
Vic-Heritage Explores the histories of the most important and unusual places in Melbourne and regional Victoria. It spans significant places from 1840’s to the present, capturing modern architecture, houses, industrial spaces, mansions, bridges, public toilets, trees and gardens
World War I For Kids Specially designed for children of 9 years and up, this is a child-friendly, educational and interactive experience to learn about the Great War. Learn about the origin of the conflict, life in the trenches, the major battles, new weapons, air and naval warfare and the roles animals played in the war. Each historical section begins with an audio narrative summarizing the events and includes animations, interactive clues, facts, maps and charts. An interactive timeline allows the child to travel back and forward in time.
World War I Interactive Brings action from the Great War right on your iPad screen. The app gives you a complete interactive experience with photos, videos, audios, timelines, articles, etc. Read about the major battles and events of the First World War in detail. Swipe through the detailed timelines for every month of the war. Watch rare video clips from WW1. See stunning photographs. Learn about the people who led the Allies and the Central Powers.
World War II Interactive Read about the major battles and events of WW2 in detail. Swipe through the timelines for every month of the war. Watch rare video clips. Listen to famous speeches. See amazing photographs. Learn about the leaders, weapons, conferences, major operations, etc.
BBC History Published 13 times a year, BBC History Magazine brings history to life with informative, lively and entertaining features written by the world’s leading historians and journalists. Whether it is the history of our politics and institutions, or the fascinating stories of private lives through the ages, BBC History Magazine sheds new light on the past and helps make more sense of today’s world. You can receive generous savings when you subscribe to the app.
Single issue copies are also available within the App.
Inside History The iPad version of this Australian history magazine includes the same features as the printed edition, but is supplemented by more images and audio content on particular stories.
Internet Genealogy Magazine Internet Genealogy is your guide to successful genealogical research using the ever-increasing power of the World Wide Web. The magazine also covers advanced genealogical methods such as DNA analysis, as well as software and technology reviews, case studies, databases and other Internet-related family history topics. Paid-for application downloads include one issue of the user’s choice. Further future issues and back issues can be purchased within the app. Subscriptions available.
Who Do Your Think You Are? Magazine The official companion to the successful BBC TV series, Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine delves in to the celebrities’ pasts, features military and social history, recounts the stories of ordinary and extraordinary people and how they used to live. Free app and then $A7.49 to download each issue.
PODCASTS Podcasts A new podcast where listeners can pose questions of family history expert Brad, by posting it on Ancestry’s Facebook page,; using the Twitter hashtag #AskAncestryAU or submitting it via Sticky Notes.
British GENES Podcast Chris M Paton’s British Genes blog has now established a podcast that would be well worth a listen.
Create Your Life Story: Helping your record a lifetime of stories Everyone has an amazing story. How often have you heard ‘I wish I had recorded my relative, alas now its too late’. In this podcast Ian Kath will show you how to record, edit and publish a life story of either yourself or someone you know.
Genealogy Gems This site has regular podcasts from the Genealogy Gems show that are of interest to family historians. Buying the app gives you easy access to these podcasts plus tips and ideas from the show in pdf format. Also access to GG wallpaper, bonus audio and video content and, on your iPhone, the ability to call in to comment on the show.
Genies Downunder Genealogy with an Australian twist presented on a monthly basis by Maria Northcote. Bursting with lots of tips, tools and tricks for genealogists with some hints on the traps to avoid.
National Archives Podcast Series Listen to talks, lectures and other events presented by The National Archives of the United Kingdom
Podcasts If you have not explored the world of podcasts yet then download this specific app and search for history or genealogy. You will find a huge array of fascinating episodes to listen to including Digital Culture from the National Library of Australia or the National Museum of Australia’s Audio on Demand Program. But then again you might want some tips for your research and listening to hints from the Family Tree Magazine, GeneaBloggers or Genealogy Gems might be just what you need.
FamilySearch Memories This app makes collecting, preserving, and sharing your favorite family memories easy and convenient wherever you are. Store memories for free forever, deep within the FamilySearch vaults. Pick up where you left off on any device since the app automatically syncs to and take family memories wherever you go—the app works even without Internet access.
For the Term of His Natural Life For the Term of his Natural Life is the official interactive iPad novel offering a unique experience. Based on the classic novel and interwoven with the internationally acclaimed mini-series, this makes a unique app to make you want to revisit this iconic Australian story.
Life Track You can create your own "life track" from the significant events and happenings in your life, those things that you want to remember forever, and then interactively scroll through them with the swipe of your finger. Just like the great timelines in history, you can create and track your own timeline with the events of your life. Add photos to it, show it to your family and friends or keep it to yourself to help remind you of those unforgettable events that you don't want to ever forget. And with LifeTrack you can even can add multiple lives to track the significant events of others.
Skrappy Skrappy is the fun and easy way to make beautiful photo albums, journals and scrapbooks using music, movies, voice memos, web pages, text and photos. Start a scrapbook using a theme, add content and you're done! Or get creative by designing new scrapbooks and themes from scratch showcasing the information you have discovered on your
Thingeology This is an easy-to-use app designed to capture and share the stories of memorable belongings. It’s a delightful way to learn more about heirlooms and mementos, and to engage your family or friends in fun and meaningful conversations about these belongings.
Trip Viewer Are you going on a research holiday or do you want to document the places that your ancestors lived? Trip Viewer allows you to document your travel experiences, personalize them with notes, photos, and videos and share them with your friends and family. View your trips on the map, complete with notes, and trip statistics, plus watch an animated slideshow of your trip which you have enriched with real-time, geo-location aware Flickr photos along the
route. This is an excellent companion application to Trip Journal.
Vimily Vimily’s official free app is the easiest way to film your family interviews, and continually update their life stories with photographs and family videos. The Vimily iOS application requires an account at You can sign up for an account for free on the website.