For 26 weeks I will take you on a family history journey through the alphabet, one letter at a time. I have decided that each post will be educational in nature, focusing on topics related to resources, methodology, tools, etc. Although the challenge is complete, there are still some people who are finishing up and Alona, the host, is encouraging others to participate anyway. Additional information on the challenge, can be found at Take the ‘Family History Through the Alphabet’ Challenge.
Diigo is a social bookmarking tool with many additional features useful to researchers. I use Diigo as the application of choice for maintaining my genealogy resource toolkit. I have collected a variety of links to resources related to genealogy research, such as online record collections; out-of-copyright books that have been digitized; general information about records, repositories, and research methodology; specific places I’m researching; genealogical, historical, and lineage societies; special topics (military, women, cemetery, etc.); and much more. Diigo keeps track of the things I’ve found, and more importantly, helps me find them later when I need them, since I can organize everything into lists and tag each item with keywords.
But beyond saving my bookmarks, which I can access from anywhere, Diigo offers several research tools, including highlighting and annotating. Both tools are extremely helpful to me as a researcher.
I have been asked by several people how I use Diigo, so I have created a guide, which is available in PDF format through Scribd (and is embedded below). I hope you take some time to review this guide and that it gives you some ideas for creating your own genealogy resource toolbox.
In addition to my guide, the Diigo team has created some helpful video tutorials. Keep in mind that some features may only be available for those with a Premium account (some can be used with a free account, but may be limited).
Here is an overview of the current version of Diigo (v5, as of this writing). This video also includes and overview of apps on mobile devices.
These videos highlight each of the three main ideas behind Diigo: research, share, and collaborate.