Saturday, 2 October 2010

Internet Genealogy: Oct/Nov 2010 Issue

The October/November 2010 issue of Internet Genealogy dropped into my mailbox on Thursday. It's been a couple of years since I last subscribed. I re-subscribed at the BIFHSGO conference as I wanted to take a fresh look at this product from Moorshead Magazines.

Opening up the issue I saw an advertisement from on the inside front cover. Although I'm sure it's not just altruism on Ancestry's part I certainly appreciate companies that advertise in and help pay for the publications I read. The ad includes the information that, for those who don't have an Ancestry subscription, in honour of Veteran's (Remembrance) Day the company is making their military records available free from November 11-14. It isn't clear if this is just the US military records.. also advertise prominently in this issue with a back cover spread featuring the new fully indexed England and Wales civil registration birth indexes from 1837-2006.

The headline article is "30 Top Genealogy Websites for Family Research!" by frequent contributor Diane L Richard. To my surprise the first category of resources is DIGITIZED NEWSPAPERS including Genealogy Bank, Chronicling America, Google News, and British Newspapers1800-1900. Other categories in what is clearly a personal selection are African-American, Maps, Censuses, Digitized Family History and Books, Book Identification and Location, Directories, State or County Archives, Lineage, Emigration/Naturalization, Vital Records, Finnish Ancestry, and UK Records.

This was the first of one of several places in the issue in which newspapers were mentioned including an article by Shannon Gillette "Don't Underestimate the Potential of Newspapers."

"What's New at” by another frequent contributor, Tony Bandy, was a helpful article for those of us trying to keep track of the seemingly never-ending changes happening with that highly popular genealogy website.

This issue of Internet Genealogy has a few fewer pages than the last issue of Family Chronicle, but more articles. Maybe this reflects the shorter attention span of those of us who spend a lot of time surfing the web.

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