What do I mean by tabbed browsing? It is having multiple web pages open in one browser window. It means that almost every time I click on a link on a genealogy site, I open that page in a new tab in my browser window. Here's a screenshot of this morning's research:
You can see that I have two different browser windows open, each of them with multiple tabs. Each tab is a different step in this morning's research.
- I started off looking at Agriculture census records for my ancestor, James Shiflet. Two tabs: the Agriculture search results and 1860 Agricultural census page.
- I realized that I had not saved a copy of his 1950 and 1960 census records to my computer. Three new tabs: the Population Census search results and 1950 and 1960 census page.
- The Ancestry.com Georgia Census images for 1950 are terrible. I opened a new browser window and went to FamilySearch.org. Two tabs: a General Search for James Shiflet and the 1950 census page.
- I got distracted by another results from the general search and opened one additional tab: James' daughter's death certificate.
At this point I have all of my research laid out in front of me. I never have to use my back button. I never have to re-key my search forms. I never have to re-load images. I never forget what I was originally searching for.
To open my new tabs I simply hold down the command key (⌘) and click on the link. On a windows computer this would be the control key or you can right click on the link and select "new tab" from the menu.