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British Genealogical Periodicals A Bibliography of Their Contents. Volumes 1 and 2 by Stuart Raymond. Federation of Family History Societies. Copyright 1991. v. 1 - £5.40; v. 2, parts 1 & 2 each £3.40.

These slim volumes provide a very useful modern bibliographic source for some of the earliest British genealogical publications.

Volume 1 is divided into 2 sections. Section 1 covers the 8 volumes of Collectanea Topographica Et Genealogica published between 1834 and 1843 with the 3 volumes of Topographer and Genealogist published between 1846 and 1858. Section 2 covers the 12 volumes of The Ancestor, which was a quarterly review of county and family history, heraldry and antiquities, published between 1902 and 1905.

Volume 2 deals with the 44 volumes of The Genealogist published between 1877 and 1921. There are two sections published separately. Part 1 deals with source materials. Part 2 catalogues family histories, individual pedigrees, biographical notes and obituaries.

All the books have place name, family name and author indexes.

Reviewed by Paul Milner
BIGWILL v.1 no.2, 1994

Tony Hoskins, a guest speaker for BIGWILL, showed us that all the periodicals reviewed above are available at the Newberry Library. A check at the University of Wisconsin Memorial Library in Madison shows that they also have all of the periodicals, although some issues of The Genealogist are missing. These two libraries provide unique collections easily accessible to us.

The periodicals in question are:
  Collectanea Topographica Et Genealogica v. 1-8 published 1834 - 1843.
  Topographer and Genealogist v. 1-3 published 1846 - 1858.
  The Ancestor v. 1-12 published 1902 - 1905.
  The Genealogist v. 1-44 published 1877 - 1921.

A volume 3 has been added to Stuart Raymond's guide to British Genealogical Bibliographies. This volume indexes in two separate parts the 31 volumes of Miscellanea Genealogica et Heraldica, and the British Archivist. The series contains 31 volumes published 1866-1938, part one dealing with Sources and part two dealing with Families. This series contains articles and extractions spread over many volumes therefore a good index is a necessity. This guide provides a valuable resources for accessing this material. The Newberry Library and Memorial Library have a complete run of this periodical.

Update by Paul Milner
BIGWILL v. 1 no.3, 1994