Archive for the ‘Magazine articles’ Category

DSC06280I just received the June/July issue of Internet Genealogy.  One of the first sections I go to in each issue is “Net Notes.” It’s a series of short pieces covering recent website activity that may be of interest to readers. The first entry describes some online releases from the Library and Archives Canada (LAC).  I have a special interest in Canadian genealogy so I took a closer look — and came to an unexpected halt. One of the entries cites LAC’s release of a database consisting entirely of immigrants from the Ukraine (1890-1930) arriving in Canadian and American ports. I had just put together a list on Ukrainian genealogical resources for several patrons who needed help on this topic. This entry gave me another resource to add to my list that might help break down some of their brick walls. If it hadn’t been for this article, I might never have found this little gem.

Flipping through genealogy magazines can not only help to keep you up to date, but can unearth treasure you’d never find otherwise. Perhaps some of the following might help you. Do you have ancestors in the American colonies during the Revolution or in the United States during the War of 1812? The Canadian piece also includes references to databases on the War of 1812, and to the Book of Negroes (with 3,000 names of Black Loyalists who fled the Port of New York at the end of the Revolutionary War). It concludes with another database consisting of the recently digitized list of Loyalists and British Soldiers (for the period 1772-1784) from the Carleton Papers.

Other articles in this issue center around saving family stories. One describes what can be done with FamilySearch.org’s Memories section, which is devoted to researching and preserving family stories. Then there are related pieces, “Stellar Storytelling Apps” and “Recording Family Interviews with Audacity.”

DSC06341British genealogy is represented with two articles.  One lists seven websites relating specifically to the Victorian era. The second highlights three free UK websites run by volunteers.

The magazine rounds off with articles on “Researching the Great Depression,” “Supreme Court Cases and Your Family History,” and a review of Yale’s Photogrammar Project that digitizes photographs of the 1930s and 1940s and makes them available online. There are also the monthly features “The Back Page,” “Genealogical Society Announcements,” and additional short pieces in the Net Notes already mentioned.

DSC06342Perhaps I now have you curious, but frustrated because you don’t subscribe to the magazine. Not to worry. The Newton Free Library does. Pay us a visit. You can find this and other genealogy magazines just to the right as you enter the Special Collections Room on the first floor.  Take a few minutes to see what’s there.  Here there be discoveries to be made, brick walls to be dismantled, and gold to be found.



vea/16 June 2016
Newton Free Library
Newton, Mass
Library website:  http://www.newtonfreelibrary.net
Genealogy blog:  https://thecuriousgenealogist.wordpress.com
Genealogy LibGuide:  http://guides.newtonfreelibrary.net/genealogy

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Periodical Area

Some of the Periodicals Available at the Library

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.

vea/7 August 2014
Newton Free Library
Newton, Mass
Library website:  http://www.newtonfreelibrary.net
Genealogy blog:  https://thecuriousgenealogist.wordpress.com
Genealogy LibGuide:  http://guides.newtonfreelibrary.net/genealogy

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