What is the state of the â€œFavoritesâ€ or â€œBookmarksâ€ in your browser? Is it one long list of links that falls off the bottom of the screen? Is it made up of links you use regularly, that all lead you to what you need, and is the total less than 200?
I suggest you select Favorites for very good reasons; underlying my choices are these three:
— Sites which are always useful.
— Sites very useful for what I am working on now.
— Sites I want to be certain I wonâ€™t forget.
Websites qualifying as my favorites tend to be:
— The best of â€œgatewayâ€ sites.
— Great background sites for history, geography, and information about records.
— Data sites I presently need.
— My favorite search engines.
I use Folders, 12 of them, which is a number I can manage; no more than twenty website links are in each one. Here are some of my folder titles: Genealogy General, British Isles, England, Scotland, Ireland, Canada, My Societies, My Research, and Personal Miscellaneous.
Economy and organization in your selection of Favorites will improve your success in finding sites and reduce wasted time. I never forget that those who manage good gateway sites are keeping track of valuable resources for me. Here are my two favorite gateway sites for research in Britain and Ireland:
(Probably the best known site for UK and Irish research.)
Really Useful Sources
(Simple structure and care in selection means this site lives up to its title.)
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