My Research Toolbox

This is an ongoing project, and will updated often. Learn more about the Research Toolbox concept here.

General Research:
Ancestry.com (most records not free)
Familysearch.org
Find A Grave
Fold3.com – Military Records (most records not free)
Internet Archive – non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music
Digital Public Library of America
Storytelling with Syd Leiberman
Ancestry research guide for each state
Ancestry research guides
International List of Causes of Death (ILCD)
Dead Fred  Genealogy Photo Archive
Maureen Taylor The Photo Detective

Specific family information:
Williams Family (on the Reece/Montgomery/Pruitt line)
Hamptons (on the Reece line): Texas Tech has a collection of Hampton papers, plus there’s an online family tree here and here

Missouri:
Missouri Digital Heritage
Missouri Death Records
Missouri Penitentiary Records
Stone County Historical & Genealogical Society on Facebook
Northwest Missouri Genealogical Society
Missouri Genealogy
Missouri Genealogy Facebook Group
Missouri Genealogy Network Facebook Group
Missouri State Genealogical Association Facebook Group
The State Historical Society of Missouri
Missouri Digital Newspaper Project

Arkansas:
Shiloh Museum of Ozark History
Northwest Arkansas Genealogical Society Facebook Group
Arkansas Genealogy Network Facebook Group
Arkansas Genealogical Society
Arkansas Vintage Facebook Group
Washington County, Arkansas
Washington County Arkansas Land Records
Arkansas National Guard Museum

North Carolina:
Rowan County NC Genealogy Facebook Group
North Carolina Genealogical Society
NC Digital Collections – best to not use Chrome
NC State Archives
Manuscript and Archives Record Search (MARS) – Youtube videos available on how to search for records found in the Archives
NC State Archives on Flickr
NCpedia
North Carolina Maps – historic maps
Digital NC – explore original materials from 189 libraries, museums, and archives in NC
State Library of North Carolina
NC Vital Records – not 1st choice when searching for genealogical information
NC Mosaic – Managing, Organizing, and Strengthening Access to Institutional Collections
History for All the People – a blog from the NC Archives
Tracking an Ancestor Back to North Carolina – by the State Library of NC

Iowa
The Agnew Studio of Creston, Iowa – photographs
State Historical Society of Iowa

Mason County, Kentucky
Family Search Mason County Wiki
KY GenWeb for Mason County, KY
Kentucky Genealogy Trails
Mason Links & Miscellany
Genealogy Inc – Mason County

Virginia
Binns Genealogy helps fill in for missing 1790 & 1800 US Census

Educational Resources:
Hack Genealogy (classes)
Geneabloggers
Genealogy Do-Over Facebook Group
Genealogy and Newspapers Facebook Group
Genealogy Cite Your Sources Facebook Group
Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness – RAOGK USA
Genealogy Gems
Find A Grave Genealogy  Discussion Facebook Group
Dear Myrtle Facebook Group
Roots MOOC Discussion Facebook Group
31 Days of Story: Telling Your Family Stories
Technology for Genealogy Facebook Group
Evernote Genealogists Facebook Group
The Organized Genealogist Facebook Group
DNA For Genealogy Facebook Group
Genedocs Facebooks Group
NC State Library YouTube tutorials
Ancestry Academy
Ancestry YouTube
Ancestry Learning Center

Digital Scrapbooking:
Project Life App – super simple, for iPad or iPhone, very inexpensive
Studio J by Close To My Heart  – Beautiful pages, much more complex than Project Life. I recommend consultant Amy Ulen who has wonderful how-to videos online.

Newspapers:
Skillbuilding: Using Newspapers Effectively” by Shelia Benedict
Newspapers.com (not free)
Chronicling America – Historic American Newspapers

Other People’s Research Toolboxes:

http://genealogytoolbox.weebly.com/
http://www.cyndislist.com/
http://www.stevenmorse.org/

So Much to Learn, and So Many Learning Resources!

Because I’m new to blogging, and so far I’ve just winged it, I’m taking a class called Blogging 101 (available here.) The first assignment is to do an introductory post, but I’ve already done that so I decided to go with a “what I’m doing now” post.

Today there was nothing on the calendar until evening, so I’ve spent a lot of time online reading articles and watching videos on topics I’m trying to understand. I actually re-watched the first half of the “Research Right” webinar by Thomas MacEntee at Hack Genealogy. I’m glad I have access for a year because I’ll probably watch it again.

I’m also interested in using Evernote, and I’m trying to figure out how that will fit into my genealogy research process. I watched an Explorinar called “Evernote – Easy Note Taking” by Thomas MacEntee (available here) and read a blogpost by Colleen Greene called “Evernote for Genealogy: Research Logs and Note Links” (available here).

I checked Facebook (OK, quite a few times, but this one time . . . ) and saw in the Genealogy Do-Over group that Rebecca Walbecq shared an interesting looking blogpost (here), “Re-thinking the parents of William Hawley” on Genealogist on a Journey.  She set up timelines for two men to compare and see which was her ancestor. Great idea, and I bet it will come in handy sometime.

Then my mind wandered off into the research toolbox concept, and I don’t remember what set me on this path, but I watched a preview video, again by Thomas MacEntee (available here) and I got a pretty good idea of what he is talking about. (I guess my go-to guy right now is Thomas MacEntee. He has put a lot of great information out there for us and I’m very appreciative.)

Finally, I checked into the latest news on round 3 of the Genealogy Do-Over (available here). This is, of course, another Thomas MacEntee endeavor. I’m not currently DOING a Do-Over, but I am trying to learn all I can. After learning more about research toolboxes, I saw it was part of this week’s plan. So much great information available in this one post regarding making a research toolbox and citing sources – and there’s actually a toolbox provided that you can edit to make your own.

Luckily the next few days will be busy for my family, because I need to let what I’ve learned today soak in!