Online State Resources compiled by Michael Hait, CG
This is a PDF/ E-book, 784 pages, $15.99 for download at http://haitfamilyresearch.com/onlineStates.htm.
This is, essentially, an indexed book of links.
The overall look of the guide is crisp and sharp; it’s a credit to Mr. Hait that he’s a talented writer who knows how to design a readable, understandable, and engaging publication.
Online State Resources is a large index of websites and links to state resources useful to genealogists. Mr. Hait has indexed every state with links to its state and county archives, state libraries, state health departments, county court records, historical societies, genealogical societies, university libraries, public libraries, and others.
One of the first chapters is a helpful “How To Use This Guide,” although even marginally experienced computer users will quickly catch on how to use this book. The following Table of Contents runs for pages, listing every state alphabetically with its associated repositories, so just from right there, you can link to specific resources, or you can wait until you’re further into the book in the state chapter, where there are some brief descriptions of the collections and repositories, to click the link. The links in the table of contents do link to the resource, which is quick and handy, but unfortunately, I couldn’t figure out how to quickly jump right back to the table of contents page. Buttons on the bottom of each page directing the reader back to the TOC page would have been useful.
Mr. Hait’s Online Resources is a time-saver, offering quick access across a wide variety of state websites for a productive session of American research. He promises a complimentary upgrade with the purchase of the current version, which makes this a double bargain.