Family historians gather information from a wide variety of sources. This information may be raw data about our ancestors, tips on research in a particular area, historical articles, or details on record collections unique to that area. The use of periodicals to disseminate this type of information is not new. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, the publication of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, has been published since January 1847, and there are historical periodicals which predate this by several centuries. In genealogical periodicals you can expect to find extracts from records, how-to articles, as well as queries submitted by members seeking to connect with others who share their ancestral lines.
Periodicals and magazines contain an enormous variety of research materials, with family histories, transcripts and abstracts of original records, compiled genealogies, and discussions or how-to articles about every type of record used by researchers. They are a fantastic resource to aid you in your genealogy.