Keeping Up with the Joneses

Kory L. Meyerink, MLS, AG, FUGA

Staying Current in the Field of Genealogy Research - A Synopsis

Continuing education is necessary for every successful genealogist. New sources are constantly appearing, any one of which may hold the answer to a previously unsolvable problem. While many lectures talk about new sources, the focus of this discussion is to teach how researchers can learn about such sources themselves. Thus it teaches "how to fish" rather than just supplying fish.



Organizations (all have journals and/or newsletters)

Book Reviews (addresses under "Organizations" if not given below)

Periodical Indexes

  • Index to Genealogical Periodicals Jacobus, D.L., ed. Carl Boyer, Newhall, Ca.: by author.
  • Genealogical Periodical Annual Index. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books.
  • PERiodical Source Index (PERSI). Ft. Wayne, IN: Allen County Public Library.

Publications (bi-monthly magazines)

  • Ancestry Magazine, The Generations Network, Inc., 360 W. 4800 North, Provo, UT 84604 ($25/yr)
  • Family Chronicle, PO Box 1201, Lewiston, NY 14092-9934 ($25?/yr)
  • Family Tree Magazine, F&W Publications, 1507 Dana Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45207 ($27/yr)
  • Genealogical Computing, The Generations Network, Inc., (see Ancestry, above) ($25/yr)
  • Genealogical Helper, Everton Publishers, PO Box 368, Logan, UT, 84321 ($26/yr)
  • newspaper columns (Milner, Anita Genealogical Column Directory, Bowie, MD: Heritage)

Catalogs Publishers


  • Willow Bend Books, 65 E. Main St., Westminster, MD
  • Genealogy House, 3148 Kentucky Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55426-3471
  • Frontier Press, PO Box 126 Cooperstown, NY 13326

Repositories (most offer classes)

  • Libraries
  • Historical Societies
  • Archives
  • Family History Library and centers

Computers Web pages with instruction (http://www.):


  • Be social
  • Ask others to review work
  • Volunteer services
    "To be indispensable somewhere, that is the purpose of life. That is the secret of happiness."
    --J. Edgar Park


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