Welcome to my genealogy blog. Genea-Musings features genealogy research tips and techniques, genealogy news items and commentary, genealogy humor, San Diego genealogy society news, family history research and some family history stories from the keyboard of Randy Seaver (of Chula Vista CA), who thinks that Genealogy Research Is really FUN!
Copyright (c) Randall J. Seaver, 2006-2014.
"Since 1912, the National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ) has published material concerning all regions of the nation and all ethnic groups including compiled genealogies, case studies, essays on new methodology and little-known resources, critical reviews of current books, and previously unpublished source materials.
"Articles show how to cope with name changes, burned courthouses, illegitimacies, and other stumbling blocks; how to interpret records that do not mean what they seem to say; how to distinguish among individuals of the same name; how to identify origins of immigrant ancestors; how to research a variety of ethnic groups; how to find a way through the maze of records at the National Archives; how to conduct research in specific states; and how to compile solid genealogies.
"Previously, only NGS members could access the index to search the collection by author or title or browse editions by year. Now ANYONE can search the National Genealogical Society Quarterly Index for FREE, just clickhere!"
The web page is shown below:
The user can search for an Author Name or for an Article title, or check one of the "Article Category" boxes and hit the "Submit" button. For instance:
* Putting "Mills" in the "Author Name" field yields 84 matches
* Putting "Tennessee" in the "Article Title" field yields 29 matches.
* The "Bible Records" category has 799 matches.
* The "African-American Features" category has 11 matches.
Alternatively, the user can select a year in the "Browse by Year Indexed" field and see all of the articles for a selected year.
This is an excellent resource for researchers to find specific articles on surnames, localities or research techniques. If you find an article of interest, many local and regional genealogical libraries have the print copies. Or you can purchase a back issue of the NGSQ. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to check if it is available. Cost is $12 members/$15 non-members which includes shipping. If you are an NGS member, the issues since 1983 are available at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/members_only.
I am very pleased to see this index online. Every society with a research-oriented publication should put their Tables of contents online so that search engines can find articles. It's a win-win - at a minimum, the society may sell an issue or gain a member. The searcher gets help with his or her research.