Here are Elizabeth’s guidelines:
What genealogy “resource” are you thankful for this year?
Examples include: a website, a book, a specific library, found items, conference/webinar/seminar/class, a person or any other resource for which you are most thankful.
I had to think a bit, but not for very long.
The genealogy resource for which I am most thankful has to be FamilySearch for several reasons.
First, the website is absolutely fabulous with newly digitized collections appearing online almost daily. I have been able to read records from Slovakia, Denmark, Italy and Sweden from the comfort of my home. Although many collections are not yet indexed, the search and browsing functions are robust enough that I can navigate my way through most of the records I need.
Second, FamilySearch hosts too many live webinars to count each year. I’ve virtually attended sessions on European and United States/Canada research and learned new strategies at each.
Third, the partnerships that FamilySearch has developed with other genealogy entities means that even more resources can be accessed online. Not all of these partnerships require subscriptions. For example, the book catalog includes digital versions of titles held in libraries other than the Family History Library. I’ve read a number of genealogies through the FamilySearch portal.
Fourth, FamilySearch IS the Family History Library. I only live a 75 minute flight away from Salt Lake City and was lucky enough to get to visit the library twice this year. The expert help available onsite is unparalleled when compared to any other single library.
Family History Library
Source: My personal photo
Fifth, FamilySearch is the host and main sponsor of RootsTech, the world’s foremost genealogy-technology conference. I’ve attended the last four conferences and have registered for my fifth, coming up from 27 February – 3 March 2018.
I have to put in a plug for RootsTech 2018 here, as I am an official ambassador this year:
If you are considering attending RootsTech 2018 OR have already registered, my RootsTech 2018 contest is running until 9 November 2017, so you still have a few days left to enter.
What is the prize? A FREE pass to attend RootsTech 2018. If you have already registered and win, instructions will be given to you on how to have your registration fee refunded. For the complete rules, visit my post from 31 October 2017.
There is no doubt about it. My genealogy research would not have progressed to where it is without FamilySearch!