Don’t leave articles out of your research. Sometime they have just the nugget of information you need to break through a brick wall in your research. And it doesn’t have to be a genealogy magazine that has your information. You can look for likely suspects in your library’s online catalog for in house magazines. These are real magazines that you can hold in your hands. No devices. Titles such as American Ancestors and Internet Genealogy often have sections devoted to different aspects of research, including country research.
Then there are individual articles that you will find online. These you locate by searching various periodical databases. Many public libraries subscribe to groups of magazine databases such as those provided by Gale. If your library makes them available, you should be able to access them at home by signing in with your library card. On this type of search you can and should use very specific keywords. Remember, you are looking for articles, not entire magazines or books. Using too broad a term will swamp you with tons of articles that you would not need. You can check with a reference librarian at your local public library. Often there will be one with an interest in genealogy. You can ask this librarian if you find you need help.
If you want to start with a database that includes only articles relating to genealogy and family history, you can’t do better than Heritage Quest. This database is only offered to libraries, not individuals. If your public library, network, county or state library subscribes to Heritage Quest, you should be able to access it from home. Once you click onto it, you want to search the PERSI archive. It stands for Periodical Source index. It includes 2.5 million articles covering topics of genealogical and local history topics. Note the word “Index.” PERSI does not provide access to the article itself. However, if you want to see an article and your library does not own the issue of the magazine that published it, request it through you library’s Inter Library Loan (ILL) program. Sound familiar? I mentioned it above in the books posting. ILL is a key tool in your genealogical toolbox. It often will provide you with the article at no or minimum cost. Heritage Quest, on the other hand, refers you to the Allen County Public Library and charges $7.00 per article. That quickly adds up. To state the obvious, free is always better.
This should give you a good start if you want to investigate magazine articles.
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