Thursday, December 1, 2011

Family Tree Magazine: Featured library resource for December 2011

Family Tree Magazine December 2011 The Library subscribes to a number of periodicals worthy of attention.  One of the most popular US genealogy journals is Family Tree Magazine, published in Cincinnati, and not affiliated with the British journal of the same name, or with Family Tree Maker software.  It began in 2000 and is currently published seven times a year.   It has a zippy, engaging format with copious use of illustrations and color.

Each issue has several long articles as well as consistent features like letters to the editor; numerous columns (including History Matters, Family Archivist, occasionally Photo Detective by Maureen Taylor); The Toolkit, which reviews the latest resources; and Genealogy Insider, sharing news of the field.  Recent issues feature profiles of two cities, giving for each a summary of its history, top five historic sites, locations and dates for genealogy records, websites, and more.

Recent feature articles include topics relating to:

  • ethnicities (Poland, Iberian peninsula, heritage groups), 
  • online resources (an analysis of major newspaper collections, best state websites), and 
  • practical tips (questions for family gatherings, key characteristics of genealogists, naming patterns within cultures, rescuing family photos).

Each issue has a wealth of interesting topics presented in a positive and appealing package.  Stop by the Genealogy Room and explore the backfile!

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