We've already talked about [O.K. I've talked about] what to do with all the stuff you find out about your family's history and how to organize it ~ both IRL [In Real Life] and in your fantasy world [Oops. I meant on the computer.]
What's next? How to be organized while you're looking for the information that you so desperately want about your family. I mean, it won't be any fun gossiping about Great-Aunt Bernice and her poor choices if when you go to look through that incredibly long list of bookmarks, you can't find the link for the website that had that incredible story [With sources. Hey, if you're gonna dream, dream big.] about how Great-Aunt Bernice took off one day with a..." [I thought I'd let you fill in the blank.]
You might think, "Caroline, I would never do that. I mean, I only have maybe 10 - okay 15 - bookmarks. I could never have so many that I wouldn't be able to find that awesome story about my Great-Aunt Bernice."
Anywho. There's a TON of stuff online that can make your online search so much easier while looking for your rabbits' stories. [Oops. I mean ancestors' stories.] And my original idea was to break it down into several posts and try to make it kind of interesting. But that was "Pre-Thomas and his toolbox".
While listening to Thomas MacEntee's webinar on April 6th, I thought, "Oh Crap. I don't need to be listening to this before I write my post. I mean. You know. What goes in, comes out kinda thing?" I would like to say that I'd heard of every little thing he talked about, but I can't. Okay, I knew most of it. [I'm online. A lot. So you don't have to be.] But honestly? The thought of re-crafting everything, putting my own spin on it, and coming up with a better than [or equally as good] analogy as "toolbox", really tired me out.
[Ambulance sirens screeching enough to wake the dead.]
But wait. There's more.
The CD comes with a link to download a 5-page handout. [And the handout wasn't even given out with the live webinar, folks.]
So, here's the link for Thomas MacEntee's webinar, "Building a Research Toolbox" : http://www.legacyfamilytreestore.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=WTOOLBOX
Could it get any easier? Not really. [Sometimes, I have the best ideas.]
And? That's the end of the Getting Started Series, but it's the beginning of your research both online and offline. Or perhaps it's the continuation because maybe you'd already started. Either way, it's time for research.