#AtoZChallenge - G is for Google, Gateways, GRDs and Gibson Guides
I won't pretend I don't love Google. I must use it a dozen times a day...at least..and then some.
But are you using it properly and is there more to the web than google? Wanna brush up on your internet searching skills? Here are some online lessons. Or here. Or here. Or here. See if your public library membership card allows you acess to courses on Lynda as well. If it does there's another course here.
If you want to take your searching the web to the next level I can recommend you read Maureen Henninger's The Hidden Web. She'll introduce you to directories, portals, vortals and gateways. Well worth reading.
Other books to guide you on the internet are:
The Genealogist's Internet by Peter Christian ...
and Cora Num's three guides Internet Family History, Irish Research on the Internet and eRecords for Family History.
I have to confess that I still have GRDs or Genealogical Research Directories still on my shelves although they can now be searched electronically on CD too.
And I still refer to my Gibson Guides as they are often called because they are written by Jeremy Gibson. Published by the Federation of Family History Societies here are some of the titles in my collection:
Marriage, Census and other Indexes for Family Historians
Record Offices: How to find them
Lists of Londoners
Quarter Sessions Records for Family Historians: A Select List
You can see more titles on the Internet Genealogical Bookshop.