Streamline your genealogy research by learning how to organize bookmarks in chrome! Tips to make you a more efficient genealogy researcher.
Organizing our genealogy research seems to have been a popular topic on researchers minds lately. It’s been on mine, too, but I’m an organizing junkie. [I know, that’s weird!]
Anyhoo….. have you considered your bookmarks on your computer?
I used to have a bad habit of bookmarking a website and just saving all my bookmarks in the general bookmark folder on my Google toolbar.
Could I ever find – or remember – what I had bookmarked? Of course not!
So, I fixed that little problem and streamlined my genealogy research in the process.
At this point, I should back up and tell you I use Google’s chrome browser. I will be showing you how I organize my bookmarks in chrome, but if you use a different browser such as Microsoft Edge, remember the concept is the same. The individual steps will be different, but the overall concept is the same, so keep reading!
Let’s get organizing.
Organizing Google Chrome Bookmarks For Genealogy Research
You are researching away and come across a website you want to save and return to at a later date. Time for a bookmark!
How To Bookmark a Website
Saving or bookmarking a site to return in the future is simple and quick in Google Chrome. In the example below, I will bookmark Ancestry.com.
See that little star to the right of the website address? Just click it! The website – in this case, Ancestry.com – will be bookmarked.
You can imagine if you do this too many times, you will end up with a long list of bookmarks on every topic you are interested in. Sorting through a long list of bookmarks is more cumbersome and time consuming than typing in the address or performing a Google search.
How To Create and Organize Your Bookmarks Into Folders
Let’s organize those bookmarks into folders. We’ll take things one step further by putting the folders and bookmarks you use most often in the bookmark bar. Here is what my bookmark bar looks like:
You will notice the the bookmark folders I use most often include:
- NC Genealogy Resources – As a North Carolina researcher, I bookmarked many of the sites I regularly use.
- Updated Genealogy Collections – Links to the “new” records on FamilySearch, Ancestry, FindMyPast and MyHeritage. I check these sites monthly for potential new sources to research.
- AYMC [Are You My Cousin?] – Everything related to running the “Are You My Cousin?” website and YouTube Channel.
- Personal Research – Quick access to research notes and sites for my own family lines. I have sub-folders here for my different family lines which we will take a look at later.
- Blogs & YouTube Channels I Follow – Quick links to the blogs and Youtube channels I follow.
- Genealogy Databases – Links to the genealogy databases (large and small) I use regularly.
There is nothing magical about these folders, so do not feel you need to create the same ones I do. Types of bookmark folders you might want to use include:
- Research Location Based Sites
- Family Lines You Research
- Blogs You Follow – Don’t forget to bookmark Are You My Cousin? [shameless plug! 😊]
- Research Databases – Include those smaller ones specific to your own genealogy research.
- Your Other Non-Genealogy Interests – Recipes, travel, crafts, etc.
To save a website to a new folder in your bookmark bar, hover the cursor over the bookmark bar and right-click. From the drop-down, click “Add folder”.
Keep the default name of the website or you can edit the name of the bookmark. In this case, I am using the default name “FindMyPast” of the website I wish to bookmark. Next, Click “New folder” in the bottom left hand corner of the drop-down.
Name the new folder. In this example, I named my new folder “Immigrant Research”. Click “Save”.
You are all done. Now when you look at my bookmark bar you see that my new folder “Immigrant Research” has been added.
Clicking on the new folder, we see my bookmark to FindMyPast has been added.
As I come across other websites pertinent to my immigrant research, I can quickly add them to my folder.
Another Way to Utilize Your Google Chrome Bookmarks
I am a fan of Google Drive and use it to organize and file my genealogy research notes and records in a nesting file folder system. I bookmark the web address of the main family line folder. This gives me quick access to my research without having to click through the entire folder hierarchy.
In the example above, you can see I have sub-folders for family lines under my “Personal Research” bookmark folder. Clicking on the Solomon folder leads to the link to my Solomon family research. This will work the same regardless of which cloud storage you choose to use.
Note: If you research the Samuel Solomon family of Salem, MA, let me know! We need to compare notes.
Now It’s Your Turn
Experiment setting up your own bookmark folders and sub-folders. You may find setting up your bookmarks the way I set mine up works well for you. If so, that’s great! If not, change the folders and names to fit your own needs. You will find your own personal bookmark system of folders and how you label them will evolve over time. That’s perfectly fine.
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