Sunday, 28 August 2011

Family Chronicle: Sept/Oct 2011 issue

The new issue of Moorshead magazines flagship publication Family Chronicle is out.

The lead article is "Eastern European Research Made Easier!", by frequent contributor Lisa A Alzo.  Notice it says easier, not easy. She proposes seven strategies to help in your search none of which are very different from those a North American would be wise to use in searching for their overseas roots. Naturally the details of the sources vary.  It's an example of why it's good practice not to ignore articles, or conference presentations that don't seem directly relevant to your interests. You may just pick up an approach, technique or strategy you can adapt to your situation.

Regular contributor David A Norris appropriately leads off the black-and-white section of the magazine with "Tracing a Chimney Sweep in the Family" which is followed by "Utilize Patents As a Source of Information" explaining the family history information you can glean from these documents set down in black and white.

Janice Nickerson provides what she terms a very brief overview of the history of the United Empire Loyalists and the (most useful) records they left behind.

Many North American genealogists know Maureen Taylor for her expertise in interpreting historical photographs. Her article in this issue is an excerpt from her book Finding the Civil War in Your Family Album. It's followed by 3 1/3 pages of photos from the 1860s and 70s. I'd like to have seen rather more explanation of those.

The most interesting article to me was "mtDNA Yields Amazing Surprise." mitochondrial DNA, passed down from mother to child, is often of not great interest to the genealogist except if you happen to have inherited a rare haplotype. That's the basis of the story recounted by Eve Sprunt.

Read the full table of contents of the issue  at

Other news of Family Chronicle, or more generally Moorshead Magazines, is that the companion websites are to be switched to use the EasyNet Sites service which continues to gain popularity in the family history community.

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