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Some Interesting Genealogy Magazines:
1. Ancestry $21/yr. published bi monthly
PO Box 476
Salt Lake City, UT 84110-9859
Articles of general genealogical interest, various ethnic features, how
to’s, case studies. Prior issue: internet search engines, book reviews,
case study - tips for tracing surnames, Ellis Island, research
methodology, organization of German archives, etc.
[I have a subscription to ancestry.com and receive the ancestry hometown
daily. However, I think you can subscribe without subscribing to the
Ancestry. Most of the databases they introduce are free for a while so
this would give you a chance to view the databases before they become
subscriber only. Frankly I consider my subscription a good bargain, but
you can't get everything. Believe me I know!
Anyway I do enjoy the hometown daily. There is some pushing of their new
products, but not too bad. Then they usually have research tips.
Sometimes they are taken from some of their products (like the Source) or
list etc.] opossum
2. Genealogical Computing
PO Box 476
Salt Lake City, UT 84110-9859
published by Ancestry
(discount on Ancestry & Genealogical
Computing if a member of the Ancestry
Research Club - entitles member to
discounts on their extensive book club,
research, supplies, etc.)
Specialized computer genealogy journal. Spring issue contained articles
on: Microfilm on CD-ROM, software/shareware reviews, beginners articles
(multimedia, scanners, GEDCOM), data extraction and indexing, looking
for quality on web pages, data presentation tools, Corel Family Tree
Suite, GenBook, Family Forest Software, biography database and
Australian chronicles, hot web sites, surfing for genealogy, etc.
3. Ireland of the Welcomes $21/yr. bi monthly
PO Box 54161
Boulder, CO 80328
published by Bord Failte - Irish Tourist Board
Tourism and travel, wonderful pictures, some history and short articles
on various areas/interests in Ireland. Recent issue: Folklore of St.
Patrick, Plough Memories - Leitrim farm boyhood, Castles in the Air,
Cavan, Leitrim Railway, Ardagh, Irish Families - “Barry” Family, book
4. Irish Roots $18/yr. quarterly
(Irish Books & Media also offer books on Ireland for sale - quarterly catalog)
Irish Books & Media Inc.
1433 Franklin Ave East
Minneapolis, MN 55404-2135
Recent issue: Heraldry in Ireland, Australian Notebook, Future of Irish
Genealogy, review of recent publications, problems page, St. Patrick’s
Day in New York, First Guard, Surnames of Co. Wicklow, Irish Archives -
Franciscan Genealogy, New Discoveries at the National Archives, Kings of
Redonda, Rural Crafts, classifieds, Irish in the Canaries, current
archeology, books for sale.
5. The Septs $15/yr. quarterly
Irish Genealogical Society, International
PO Box 16585
St. Paul, MN 55116
April 1997 issue: featured county - Co. Wexford, The Luck of the Irish
Researcher, the Irish Standard Newspaper, Gleanings - Notices of
genealogical interest, book reviews, computer talk, Immigration to
Canada, Irish Settlements in Minnesota, Irish Surname List (extensive
pull out section in each volume of names being searched and those
searching them - 38 pages this issue), library news, queries, books for
6. The Irish at Home & Abroad $21/yr. quarterly
PO Box 521806
Salt Lake City, UT 84152
editors Dwight A. Radford & Kyle J. Betit
1st Quarter 1997 issue: feature article - Royal Irish Constabulary
Service Registers, letters and questions to the editors, Sources for
Tracing Immigrants (District Pension Records of the British Army), 3rd
Irish Genealogical Conference, Focus on Canada - Irish in Manitoba,
Heritage, County Focus - Co. Sligo, news & events, Focus on Britain -
Irish on the Isle of Man, Focus on Australasia - Old Age Pensions in New
Zealand, book reviews.
I would be hard pressed to pick which publication is my favorite - each
serves a different research purpose. I have gotten some great research
ideas from the articles in Ancestry whether they have been about an area
I am researching or a different area - the suggestions apply to any
area. Ireland of the Welcomes, while it is not a genealogy publication,
has good articles on various locations in Ireland and has wonderful
pictures. The Septs, Irish at Home & Abroad and Irish Roots all
consistently have quality articles on Irish research. Probably my
favorites are The Septs and The Irish at Home & Abroad - the quality of
their articles is excellent.
Find a library with Ryan "Irish Records: Sources for family
and local History". This will REALLY help. It'll identify records in
LDS and PRONI as well as what has been indexed by various
heritage societies. Even gives email addresses for the ones with
an email address. Published by Ancestry.
The two volume set of Margaret Dickson/Falley's work is also VERY good.
(Can't remember the name right now!) One should probably start with Ryan's and later
The difference is the approach. While Mr. Ryan's (a very good writer and
researcher) is obviously less expensive, Mrs. Dickson/Falley's work is more
thorough in what it covers. There is some overlap, but not much. He spends more of his efforts on parish records/histories etc. Hers is more
concentrated on what is located in the libraries and archives.
For the more serious researcher both of them are 'must haves'. Ryan's is about
$US 40 and Falley's is about $US 60.
Don't overlook the microform department of your favorite major
library. The NYS Library, for instance, will copy fiche & film.
The details are at:
Aside from copying select pages, you can order entire reels of film or
entire books if the library [or the state archives] is the author of
The cost for film is $25 a reel & a sheet of fiche is $.50. (sometimes
fiche can even be ordered on a permanent basis via ILL.)
On-Line Book Initiative A good place to find many things, including Irish authors! An FTP site, don't panic at the way it's arranged... no fancy pages here, just good reading!
"Going to Ireland: A Genealogical Researcher's Guide," by Sherry
Irvine and Nora M. Hickey, is a must if you are planning a trip
to the Emerald Isle. Even if you are an armchair traveler, it
will help you better to understand Irish research and the
records, jurisdictions and repositories in Ireland. Full
addresses are provided for libraries in Ireland, North America,
and England, including all the regional heritage centers in
Ireland and Northern Ireland.
This is a practical guide and easy to read. If you have Irish
roots, you need it. It is available from: Interlink Bookshop and
Genealogical Services, 3840A Cadboro Bay Road, Victoria, BC, V8N
4G2, Canada ($15.30 postpaid via VISA or $16.30 if payment by
U.S. check). Toll-free: 1-800-747-4877; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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