Sunday, 15 May 2016

Family History Journal articles

A super tip for breaking brick walls! 

Considering the number of articles about special databases, research carried out by members on a variety of subjects and sometimes, a transcription right there in black and white, a family history journal is a very good resource for breaking brick walls!

Announcements about transcription projects or new databases created by the family history societies are often noted in journals. As well, digital content is mentioned in family history journals. Many well known authors write for Family History Societies which are then published in their journals.

To find these articles, take a look at Regina Public Library's Prairie History Blog, where you will find an index to article titles from new issues of family history journals that they receive in the library.

On the blog, the lists can be found under categories: New Magazines, at :

Some of the journals and titles of articles that are indexed:

Families: Ontario Genealogical Society, Vol. 55, No. 1, February 2016
"Home Burials" by Royce MacGillivray.
Back issues (1962-2016) of Families is provided digitally on their website if you have a membership.

Family Tree Magazine (U.S.) March/April 2016 .
"Going by the Books," by Dana McCullough and Diane Haddad

Folklore: Saskatchewan's Yesterday's Personified, Spring 2016
"Interview: Fahlman on WWII Telegraphs" by Bill Armstrong

Generations: The Manitoba Genealogical Society Volume 41, No. 1 (March 2016)
"The Manitoba Name Index: an Update" by Sandra Havig
Issues from 1976-2010 are indexed on the MANI website, for members only.

Relatively Speaking:The Alberta Genealogical Society Magazine. Volume 44, No.1 (February, 2016).
"Inadequacies of Online Sourcing," by Cecilia Heritage (Celia presented at Who Do You Think You Are Live 2016)  

Relatively Speaking, the Alberta Genealogical Society's publication, is also indexed by title on their website. 

NGS Magazine: For Generations Past, Present, and Future. Vol. 42, No.1,January-March 2016.
"Researching World War II Naval Armed Guard Veterans," by Melissa A. Johnson
Access to 2005 - the current issue are available to members only. However, an article search of the journal is free. 

Find My Past also provides indexes to Family History Journals under the database PERSI (Periodical Source Index). Find it under the AtoZ of records set or under the Newspapers and Periodicals. 
       This index comes via The Genealogy Centre, Allen County Public Library, Indiana. You can search for any article and then request a copy of the article from their library. 

If your genealogy library has copies of these journals, it's a source not to be missed!

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