Review – Pocket-Tree

Pocket Tree

Over the past two weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to use a new product on the genealogy market called Pocket Tree©™.  I was contacted by the company’s owner, Rhonda Early, and asked if I would like to take Pocket Tree©™ for a test drive.  I was very interested because I was on my way to visit the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah and I figured it would help me with my research.

Pocket Tree©™ Step-By-Step

Pocket Tree©™ bills itself as the “Quick, Light, Simple, & Complete 9-Generation Ancestry Chart!” and I couldn’t agree more.  What starts out as a small, index card sized item, open out into a huge 9-generation family chart waiting for you to enter information.  Here is how Pocket Tree©™ opens:

It starts small – 6-3/4 x 4-1/2″ – as shown in the graphic above.  The composition is sturdy, glossy card stock.

Next, open Pocket Tree©™ and some neat vintage photos are displayed.

Pocket Tree Vintage Photos

Next, open the inner panels and a very helpful list of interview questions is displayed.  These would come in handy if you are working with a living relative and you not only want to show them the family tree chart but also prompt them to discuss various aspects of family history.

Pocket Tree Interview Questions

And finally, open the panel to reveal the 9-generation family chart.

Pocket Tree Family Chart

A Helpful Genealogy Tool

Overall, I found Pocket Tree©™ to be a very handy tool while researching not only at the Family History Library but at home as well.  But for me, its biggest advantage is being able to work with a living relative during the interview process.

We all know what happens when we begin to “talk genealogy” with a grandparent, or an aunt or uncle: the eyes glaze over, they start looking for a way to get up and run to the kitchen or sometimes change the subject.  I believe much of this is because it is difficult for them to “visualize” their family history.  And also, it can be difficult to get the conversation “ball” rolling if there aren’t handy interview questions or prompts.

Pocket Tree©™ solves these problems: it folds up into an easy-to-carry size for your purse or jacket pocket.  You can pull it out at family reunions or events and show your family how you’ve progressed with your research.  And the handy questions can get them to start talking about other ancestors and what they recall about the family’s history.

The only difficulty I had: filling the chart out by hand! Realize that since I am on a computer about 16 hours a day, it is a hardship for me to even write a check these days!  I recommend that if you purchase Pocket Tree©™, use a sharp pencil and take your time completing the information.  The process will be worth it when you consult the family tree at a later date.

Conclusion

Pocket Tree©™ is priced at $13.00 US plus $3.50 shipping and handling.  You can purchase via PayPal or contact the company for other payment arrangements via check or money order.  Check out their website and see if Pocket Tree©™ wouldn’t be a handy tool for you or a gift for your favorite genealogist.

Note: I will be posting an interview with Rhonda Early, owner of Pocket Tree©™ here at GeneaBloggers – find out more about her and her company.

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Disclosure statement: I contacted Pocket Tree©™ via email.  I asked for and received a complimentary Pocket Tree©™ to review here at GeneaBloggers. After reviewing the product, I will continue to use Pocket Tree©™ for my own personal use.  In addition, I am enrolled in the Pocket Tree©™ Affiliate program and use these links on this site. To review the other material connections I have with genealogy vendors, please see Disclosure Statements.

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