Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Genealogy Pointers Newsletter + Search

Are you receiving the weekly Genealogy Pointers email newsletter from www.Genealogical.com? It is published by Genealogical Publishing Company, and usually contains a major article and many discount book summaries.

You can sign up for the newsletter at http://www.genealogical.com/content/pointers_signup.html.

You can read past issues of the newsletter at http://www.genealogical.com/content/pointers_archive.html.

The current issue, dated January 30, features an article by Bill Dollarhide titled "U.S. Counties Created or Abolished, 1920-1983." It provides the followup to the book "Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 790-1920" by William Thorndale and William Dollarhide (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1987), which is an essential resource for genealogy research. The book shows county boundaries for each state in each census. The article lists the counties that have been added, changed or deleted since 1920, so it provides a valuable follow-up to the maps in the book.

I encourage you to sign up for the weekly newsletter if you are interested in articles about genealogy research, or in seeing what new books are available.

To help you choose books, Genealogical Publishing Company has a name search on their home page - it covers about half of their available books. You can see which books or CDs in their inventory have your surname or your specific forename/surname, and the pages they are on. Of course, with this information, you could try to find the books or CDs at your local library, or use Inter-Library Loan, to obtain the information in the book.

I entered SEAVER as a surname in the search box, and got 708 hits on CDs (which usually comprise the out-of-copyright history and genealogy books), many of which I haven't reviewed because I had not searched them previously, or they did not have an index. Now I have a list of books to look for, and the pages to review also. I got out a fresh "to-do list" of "Books to Review" and wrote them all down. This is a nice surprise!

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