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Share Your Know-How to Enter Our Applebee's Gift Card Drawing


Sure, you can Google to

  • see if documents or indexes are online
  • figure out where records are held and what’s available
  • learn about a historical society’s hours and holdings
  • try to find a local researcher
  • look for a place to ask a quick research question

but navigating search results takes time and it’s not always productive. We want to make it easier.

Genlighten’s community-curated locality pages are designed to bring together the most useful resources for any given area and make them accessible through one simple-to-use dashboard. For new researchers, they’ll offer a quick overview and a jumping-off point. For seasoned researchers, they’ll provide an easy-to-bookmark reference.

We could tell you all about these pages, but it would be better for you to just take a look. So, how about a little incentive in the form of a prize drawing?

Here’s how it works:

1) Go to Discover Local Resources and browse the page for the county or city that’s most familiar to you.

2) See what’s there. See what’s missing. Think about what would be the most useful to you if you were going to use the page.

Send us an email ( and tell us what you think we should add. We’re interested in three things: 1) the best online resources for the locality; 2) web addresses for the best repositories for on-site research; and 3) been there/done that tips to make research easier for others.

We’ll update the page with your suggestions and drop your name in a virtual hat for a drawing for a $25 Applebee’s gift card.

An email with 3 or more suggestions (mix and match in any of the 3 categories above) for 1 locality = 1 entry. You are welcome to submit multiple entries in separate emails as long as they are for different pages. Emails must be received before midnight on 31 Jan 2013. The winner will be notified by email and the gift card will be sent online.

You might be wondering if we’re just trying to reinvent the wheel. Nope. We’re installing pneumatic tires. Pulling everything together in one easy-to-use place. Same function. Much smoother ride.

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

This post originally appeared in our January newsletter.

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