Sunday, January 20, 2008

Genealogy is Everywhere

Genealogy is everywhere. You don’t need to concentrate solely on websites or vendors that advertise specifically that they have genealogical resources. Case in point was my venture to a local hobby store. I went in to buy some items for my kids and ventured over to the book rack. I don’t know about you but I always have to look at books even if they are book I think I would have no interest in.

Well this book rack contained books by Osprey Publishers. Osprey publishes books, “reaching out to the non-specialist reader with an active or spontaneous interest in military history” plus “All (their books) share the Osprey qualities of historical authority and a strongly visual approach”. For more information, see their website at

Well, Osprey publishes books that cover everything from the ancient world down to the Vietnam War. The books I looked at covered different battles from the Civil War and included beautiful color maps and photographs of the people and events that took place. Each contained a detailed but not too technical history. It looks like hobbyists who make dioramas with scale models use these books. They use the books to get information they can then use to make their battle scene.
But these books would be great for any genealogists hoping to learn more about specific battles, plane class, army, etc to help “put flesh on their ancestors bones.”

Thursday, January 17, 2008

National Genealogical Society Benefit

I believe that it can be beneficial to genealogists to belong to several genealogical societies. A society benefits its members through networking and resources that the society provides. One case in point is the National Genealogical Society (NGS).

NGS recently announced that members can now access digitized versions of their NGS Quarterly from 2002-2006.

In their most recent email "What is New at the National Genealogical Society" (15 January 2008) they state:

The National Genealogical Society is proud to announce its latest online membership benefit. NGS Members can now access recent issues (2002-2006) of the NGS Quarterly. Current issues and limited back issues will be coming online periodically.

For more information and to access the NGS Quarterly Online visit

I highly recommend this Quarterly magazine. It is a great research learning tool for genealogists and historians. This magazine plus the NGS Journal are just 2 of the benefits of membership. You can learn more about NGS and benefits of membership at the link above.