I think many genealogists (including me) enjoy forms. We collect data and we like to have a place to put it. I have been playing with a website that allows me to create forms willy nilly and I’m having a great time.
That website is Transpose. It makes it ridiculously easy create forms that you can fill out yourself or share with others via weblink. (So you could create a form to send to cousins, for example, and the answers would form a database in your Transpose account.) You can also publish form templates for others to download and customize for their own use.
I learned about Transpose via Diahan Southard, Your DNA Guide, who mentioned that she used Transpose’s previous incarnation, KustomNote, for creating contact forms that help her organize the many DNA-related contacts she receives.
Since creating my (free) account on Transpose, I have created a bunch of forms, including several genealogy-related templates that I’ve been using regularly.
I’ve made three genealogy templates public:
- Genealogy conference notes (which was really handy when I was taking notes at the Southern Illinois Genealogical Society’s conference)
- Genealogy task list (which is wear I’m keeping track of current projects, as I blogged about last week)
- Genealogy abstract form (which I’m using to capture data as I abstract my ancestors’ Civil War pension files)
Please feel free to download them and customize them for your use. I’m sure I’ll be adding more–they’ll all be tagged Genealogy, so they’ll be easy to find when you browse public templates at Transpose. All my templates are quite simple, but I feel like I’ve just scratched the surface of the power of Transpose. I look forward to getting into it deeper!
Oh, and of course, Transpose has an iOS app, so I can use it on my iPhone and iPad. (An Android app is in development.)
If you use Transpose and have any public templates, please let me know in the comments!
Unfortunately, Transpose announced on November 8, 2016 that it is shutting down on December 9, 2016.