Open Thread Thursday – What’s In Your Research Toolbox?

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This week’s topic for Open Thread Thursday is:

Do you maintain a Research Toolbox? A group of links to genealogy research websites that you frequently use? A Research Toolbox could be as simple as an unorganized list of bookmarks or favorites in your web browser. Or it could be a website that you publish much like Cyndi’s List but for your own use or for a specific area of genealogy.

Tell us a) what’s in your Research Toolbox, b) what is the most unusual resource in your Research Toolbox, and c) how you keep it organized.

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I’ll bet that most of us have such a research toolbox whether we know it or not. And much like the dreaded “junk drawer” at home, it is something we keep saying we’ll organize someday.

For me, not only do I have a research toolbox, I’ve posted mine at my personal genealogy blog (click here) and I also have developed a presentation entitled “Building a Research Toolbox.” In fact I am delivering this same presentation in a free webinar on April 6, 2011 at Legacy Family Tree Webinars – click here to register.

Why would I do this?  Well in a way it is part of my “giving back” to the genealogy community and thanking all those people who run those sites – many are free – and provide valuable research information to all of us.

So to answer this week’s questions:

  • my research toolbox is heavy with library-related links and also has a focus on New York and Illinois ancestry
  • my most unusual resource is probably one for historical weather information called WeatherBase
  • I post my research toolbox not only on my blog but I created a standalone website entitled Genealogy Research Toolbox using Weebly as well as several other locations on the Web.

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Please either post on today’s topic of “What’s In Your Research Toolbox” at your own blog and then post the link here in the comments or simply add your two cents in the comments section.

This is a great topic for this week’s Open Thread Thursday! And please, if you have a topic you’d like to see discussed among your genealogy blogging colleagues, please contact us and we’ll take it under consideration.

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About Thomas MacEntee

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.


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