Tuesday, December 29, 2009

My Favorite Online Genealogy Newsletters

The Genealogy In Time website recently listed the Top Ten Most Popular Online Genealogy Magazines, which included two genealogy blogs (one an excellent newsletter, not really a magazine) and several magazines/journals behind subscription walls.

For some reason, the list did not include Ancestry Magazine, Internet Genealogy magazine, Discovering Family History Magazine, the FGS Forum Magazine, the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, or the Chula Vista Genealogical Society newsletter, among others. All of the above, perhaps with the exception of the CVGS newsletter, have many more readers than half of the Genealogy In Time list.

There are many more online "magazines" and journals, and most of them are behind a subscription wall for a good reason. However, many society newsletters are pulbished in PDF format on the Internet for free, and a reader can subscribe to free online or email newsletters from web sites, software companies, print magazines and database providers.

Here is my list of genealogy newsletters sent regularly via email to keep me informed of genealogy events and news (I'm not counting blogs here...):

* Rootsweb Review - a monthly newsletter - subscribe here.

* Ancestry Monthly Update and Ancestry Weekly Discovery - weekly and monthly newsletters from Ancestry.com - subscribe here (in the "Up-to-date Family History News" box on the right).

* Genealogy Gems Podcast free monthly e-Newsletter - subscribe here.

* News from the Photo Detective newsletter - subscribe here.

* Genealogy Pointers from Genealogical.com - subscribe here.

* California Genealogical Society and Library eNews - subscribe here.

* New England Historic Genealogical Society eNews - subscribe here.

* WorldVitalRecords.com free newsletter - subscribe here.

* Genealogywise.com free newsletter - subscribe here (click on Settings).

* Footnote.com free newsletter - subscribe here.

* Legacy Family Tree software free newsletter - subscribe here.

* RootsTelevision.com e-newsletter - subscribe here.

* Family Tree Magazine free e-newsletter - subscribe here.

There are several more, but finding a subscription link for some of them is difficult.

Which online or email newsletters do you subscribe to and get genealogy information from? Tell me!


Kathryn Doyle said...

Wow, Randy! Thanks for including the California Genealogical Society eNews!

Sheri Fenley said...

Hey Seaver! Happy Holidays and all that. You seem to have left out "Shades of the Departed - The Magazine" WTF?

The Ancestry Insider said...


I too wondered about the exclusions from the list. Poking a little, it appears that the Alexa rankings have two limitations:
- Only websites listed in DMOZ are included
- Only HTTP traffic is used for the listing, which excludes e-mail and RSS subscribers

-- The Ancestry Insider

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