Microsoft OneNote free-form information gathering and multi-user collaboration. It gathers users’ notes (handwritten or typed), drawings, screen clippings and audio commentaries. Notes can be shared with other OneNote users over the Internet or a network. Note that OneNote is available in a number of different forms and on a number of different platforms. For those not familiar with it, OneNote is an MS Office 2003 program similar to Evernote (which was first released in 2008).

On Aug. 18, 2015, Microsoft announced that Microsoft Office OneNote 2013 was now free. Previously it only came with a paid version of MS Office. It can now be downloaded and installed on your computer even if you do not have MS Office installed. The version that is now free is OneNote 2013 for Windows which originally came with the purchase of Office 2013. This is the full Office 2013 version (and not a Metro, Modern or Universal app that runs in a window).

All versions of OneNote can be downloaded from and there is also a short video there. Mobile versions can also be downloaded from the Apple Store or Google Play.

Below are a few resources to get you started with OneNote.

Microsoft’s Discovering OneNote from the Office 365 Learning Center

Organizing your genealogy research using Microsoft OneNote

OneNote is Now Free: Is Microsoft’s Note-Taking App Worth Using?

The Beginner’s Guide to OneNote in Windows 10

There are also a number of YouTube videos on using OneNote for Genealogy