Sunday, 4 January 2015

The Last Family Chronicle Magazine

That's right. the January/February issue of Family Chronicle, Volume 19, No 1, will be the last. Open up the front cover and read
Family Chronicle is
Changing Its Name!
Publisher Edward Zapletal explains that "it is time to refresh and renew the look with an eye to making the publication more recognizable within the genealogy community and to the general public as well. We will continue to produce the magazine in print format, as well as PDF, and app editions for the growing range of available mobile devices. Our content will not undergo dramatic changes at this time, but we are launching three new regular columns: “Genealogy Tourism”, “DNA & Your Genealogy”, and “Advice from the Pros”. In each case, the columns will be authored on a rotational basis by contributors who are experts in their respective fields."

So what's in this final Family Chronicle issue?

Regular author David A. Norris examines Music in the Family, how you can discover the music that played a role in your ancestors’ lives. It's US oriented, with sections on what kind of music the family enjoyed, military musicians and, antiques, artifacts and ephemera.

Also US-oriented are the next two articles:

Strategies for Finding African American Ancestors Pre-1866
Stuart Doyle looks at ways to overcome the problems you may encounter when trying to locate your African American ancestors in the usual places

Historical Records Survey
Carol Richey looks at the efforts of the Works Progress Administration to inventory and survey historical records and the lasting contribution made to genealogical researchers

Just when I was despairing of finding anything that spoke to me there comes an article on a family legend from the Ottawa Valley of a fortunate to be recovered in the UK!

Hudson Fortune: Truth or Fiction?
Robbie Gorr examines the kernels of truth in those family stories

In the endeavour to provide something for everyone the remainder of this Family Chronicle content is:

Russian Language and Names: A Primer
Matthew Bielawa offers some basics on understanding the Russian language and naming conventions

What's an Heirloom, and Where Can I Get One?
Bill Leslie offers some insight into what constitutes a family “heirloom”, and what to do if you don’t have one

My Ancestor Was a Blacksmith!
Claire Gebben relates how learning about an ancestor’s profession firsthand goes a long way toward gaining an understanding of that ancestor’s life so long ago

Your DNA Autobiography
Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD gives us a primer on how DNA can assist you in your genealogy research

Black Sheep, Loose Nuts, and Family Secrets
Bill Leslie offers advice on how to handle sensitive family information

The Back Page
What do genealogical research and book indexes have in common?

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