When I was prepping for this trip, I realized that the Families app didn't include the "general" to do items from my Legacy Family Tree database. The individual to dos show up but there is no way to access anything not tied to a specific individual in the database. (I ask Families about this. They said they would add it to their next version.) No big problem. I just created a To Do List report from Legacy, loaded it to the tablet and referred to it at each facility. My tablet doesn't have 3G, it's WiFi only, so everything I might need had to be loaded in advance. Frankly, I would have done that even if I had 3G, you never know when a cell signal will fail you.
I started last Monday morning in the Probate Clerk's Office in the Whitfield County, Georgia courthouse with my Android Tablet, Wand Scanner and Android Phone (used to take the photo below). Over three days, I also researched at the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society and the Murray County courthouse. I did not print one piece of paper. I did not write a word on a piece of paper. I copied everything with either the wand scanner or an app on my phone and typed all notes into Evernote on the tablet.
I have used the CamScanner app on my phone in the past and been very happy with it. It was one of the first apps I loaded to the tablet but I hadn't tried to use it until this trip. Turns out it doesn't really work on the tablet. The image looks extremely distorted even before taking the picture. Apparently, it hasn't been optimized for Honeycomb (the tablet's version of the Android operating system) so my plan to copy things using that app on the tablet didn't work out. Again, no big problem. I could still use the app on the phone and I had the wand scanner.
Since this was a test for going paperless on a research trip, I used both the wand scanner and the CamScanner app to copy most everything in order to compare the results. The above marriage record was copied with the wand scanner. (I reduced the size for this upload but I have a larger size file.) Here is an example of the same record using the app. (I could have cropped it down to look just like the one above but just didn't do it.)
For individual records, I really prefer the wand (which saves to JPG) over the app (which saves to PDF) but both give very good copies. For multi-page items, I prefer the app because you can save multiple pages to one document. If you are coping pages from a book, start with the title page, or even the cover, and then add the pages you want. You will have the info you need to write a source along with all of the pages in one document.
The next time I connected the tablet to WiFi, all of the notes I took in Evernote synced with my online account making them accessible from my laptop and other devices.
Switching back and forth between Evernote, the Families app (my genealogy database) and the To Do report was simple. Since my tablet has a USB port, I could also connect the wand scanner, download the scans to the tablet for backup and ensure I had a good copy before I left the facility.
Even though this process worked, I'm still on the fence about the tablet. More about that tomorrow.
Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with any of the companies mentioned in this post other than I use the products. I purchased the Families app and Legacy Family Tree Software but use the free version of Evernote.