In addition to collecting books on genealogy, history, writing and family history research, I tend to keep past issues of genealogy magazines. And I do go back and reference information. Here are a few tips to help you if you keep those magazines too. Let’s look.
There used to be many more magazines related to genealogy than there are today. Things change. Some are only available digitally. I find I struggle to finish or remember to read the digital copies as thoroughly as I do the printed. However, I think over time, digital will be the way of most, if not all magazines.
In my recent print copy of Family Tree Magazine, the back page included an index to their 2023 print magazines, alphabetized by subject. This is great news as I can get lost in old magazines while looking for a particular article. Much more effective to go directly to the specific magazine. Even better, you can download an index for their magazine from 2000 to 2023! I have just downloaded it prior to writing this article. You can find it here: Family Tree Magazine’s Past Article Indexes 2000–2023
In addition, there is a plus membership which gives you access to the current issues and back issues from 2005 in digital format. (currently $49 per year). There are additional perks and more information Family Tree Magazine Plus Membership - Premium Genealogy Access
Another great genealogy resource is the Internet Genealogy Magazine. This magazine has gone digital and is now a combination of Internet Genealogy and Your Genealogy Today. Internet Genealogy - Home (internet-genealogy.com) They have great articles, and you can purchase back issues (some print/some PDF). They moved to a pdf model due to the cost of printing.
I love the British genealogy magazines and they remain available for purchase in the United States. However, I find the cost too prohibitive at $15-20 per magazine. I only have one known relative from England so can’t really justify this extra cost. They do sell a digital copy of the magazine that is much more reasonable. Since I struggle getting digital magazines read, I will likely delay until this winter when I spend more time indoors. I enjoy are Welcome to Who Do You Think You Are? (whodoyouthinkyouaremagazine.com). Even if you don’t purchase their magazine subscription, sign up for their newsletter. In our time crunched world, it is sometimes easier to read a few short articles.
In researching this article, I found some additional links that you might find useful. Some were new to me.
Ancestral Findings | Free Genealogy Lookups and Family Tree Tips
Family Tree - Bringing you expert genealogy advice for over 35 years (family-tree.co.uk)
I am sure there are others that are country specific, but these are a good start. We have so many options today to learn more about genealogy and get ideas for our research and writing. Sometimes a glossy magazine is just the ticket while other times a newsletter to our inbox or an article online helps us in our research. Happy reading!
With a lifelong passion for genealogy and history, the author enjoys the opportunity to share genealogy tidbits, inspiring others to research and write their family story.