Monday, January 23, 2012

52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy - Week #4 - Free Offline Genealogy Tools

Week 4 – Free Offline Genealogy Tools: For which free offline genealogy tool are you most grateful?  How did you find this tool and how has it benefited your genealogy?  Describe to others how to access this tool and spread the genealogy love.

This is an easy one.  Without a doubt, hands-down, I am the most grateful for The Librarian.

Librarians are a different breed of human.  I have yet to walk into a library, archive, or Family History Center and ask for help and not get well taken care of.  Librarians are to libraries what the concierge is to a 5-star hotel ... at least all the ones with whom I've had dealings.

Librarians know their collections inside and out.  They know what sort of information you can get from any given resource.  Best of all?  They ENJOY telling you all about it!  And when you leave, you will have learned something that will help you in the future.

Librarians are also teachers.  They will not hesitate to sit with you and make sure you know how to utilize any tool in the library - whether it's a computer, a book, or an old-school card catalog.  (That being said, I also think librarians have more patience than a saint).

Librarians also understand the research you are doing.  They get it.  When they have a hand in leading you along the path to successfully complete your quest, they are as excited as you are!  And they don't even care who knows!

It just doesn't get any better than that.  Have you hugged a librarian today?

Do we share any ancestors? 
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Sharon said...

I love your comparison of a librarian to a concierge. I must remember that. As a teacher librarian I hope I match your description.

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