Continuing the weekly thread organised by Michelle at The Turning of Generations.
Here is my list of 21 resources –
- Printer Scanner Copier – my faithful machine is a Hewlett Packard
- Laptop – Mine is a Toshiba.
- iPad – This was a purchase I really didn’t know if I would enjoy it and make the most of – I definitely do!
- iPhone – This was the start of my affair with Apple – I love it!
- External hard drive – mine is an Omega 250 GB which is used for all back ups. I also have a smaller one for when travelling.
- Microfiche Reader – yes, I still have some fiche!
- Camera – Ours is a Panasonic Lumix TZ20
- 4 Drawer filing cabinet – we actually have 2 -hubby gets 2 drawers out of a possible 9! The plan is to always reduce the paper mountain to a manageable heap!
- MS Office on my laptop – especially Word and Excel
- Family Origins 10 – I know it has been superseded by other software. A potential replacement during 2012.
- Flickr – Here I host ALL my photographs. The beauty with Flickr is that you can share with Twitter and Face book. There is also a Flickr iPhone Application. You can also make photographs private as a private, personal archive. You can create sets and collections. A Collection could be Genealogy then a set for each family name. Shame I don’t follow my own advice! I have a Pro account well worth the £16 a year.
- Dropbox – To access files on the move
- Evernote – Need to explore a lot more and I suspect that I am under using
- MS One Note – Need to explore a lot more.
- The Genealogist Internet by Peter Christian – My favourite book as it helps very often when I am organising my thought process, where to look next – to assist is organised and structured research via the internet.
- Scrapbook Storytelling by Joanna Campbell Slan – A great book helping the reader to be creative.
- Crafting your own Heritage Album by Bev Kirschner Braun
- Journals – Since I started researching in the late 1980s, I have always had a note book recording what information I have found, what I need to look at next, perhaps a note simply to act as a prompt for further thought. Over the years my journals have expanded. I carry one with me for everything – recipes, books to read, research, my to do list and much, much more. The only thing not covered is my work – that has a separate book. I probably use on average one book every 8 or 9 months. Each book is numbered and each has on the inside the dates of starting and finishing. I am currently on journal 36 and my work journal is 6W. The organisational aspect of the journal is not just to record information it prevents that mass of post it notes across your desk, well in theory it does. Every now and again I have a post it note clear up!
- Billion Graves – iPhone Application – This looks to be a great application in order to record photos of gravestones. I need to experiment more with this.
- Grave Encounters – This is my own blog; created to help me gain control of the endless supply of photographs of Grave and memorials. In addition to getting organised it enables me to share with the wider genealogical population.
- Genealogy Gem Podcasts – Endless podcasts available via iTunes to assist in organising your research.