I have very few tools I use for my family history research, and maybe someone can point me in the right direction to improve my "toolbox" but I thought I'd share.
- FamilySearch - Absolutely phenomenal collection of records. I realize they are busy, but I do hope that more amateur researchers like me can get access to more records soon, like the family trees and such.
- Legacy software - a free software program for recording your research. I've used this program for about 7 years and I am still learning new tips and tricks for using it.
- Google Books - While I don't find everything, I was very surprised to make a lucky find of my husband great-grandfather in a phone directory in Chicago. It was a great find for me because I had a huge time gap between census records.
Obviously there are lots of great tools out there and I'd love to hear about them. Let me know what you like!