The Internet also plays a large part in family research today. Learning how to use the Internet is an important skill that will give you access to vast amounts of information.
There are also CD-ROMs at most public libraries that have genealogy collections. The library has access to AncestryPlus.com and library version Ancestry.com that can only be accessed via computer at the Main Library and any of it's branches. Also, available is the Digital Shoebox Collection. It can be accessed from any computer at www.digitalshoebox.com and contains hundreds of images that have been scanned into this site from nine libraries throughout Southeastern Ohio who participated in this project. Also, see "Digitized Book Collection" that are searchable books, these are part of the PLSJ collection.
Careful record-keeping not only ensures the accuracy of the research, but its acceptability to other genealogists. If genealogy is done seriously, it is essential to obtain some kind of computer software with which to keep track of all the information. Once all the features of each available software package are evaluated, it is essential to ensure the chosen package’s ability to import and export data in the Gedcom file format (GEnealogical Data COMmunication file format developed by the Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons)). While this standard is not wholly reliable between software packages, it cannot be dispensed with.