11 January 2018

NGS Magazine Volume 43, Number 4

The October–December 2017 issue of NGS Magazine has been mailed to members and is available online in the Members Only section of the website. The theme is "Search Strategies." 

EDITOR’S NOTE by Deb Cyprych 
This issue focuses on strategies to locate unindexed, underindexed, and misindexed records, and on specialized indexes and search techniques that can bring hidden records into view. 

J. Mark Lowe examines indexing methods and the potential for errors. Understanding how an index was created can help researchers determine whether names should appear and develop workaround steps to find misindexed names. 

Five billion unindexed digital records are online at FamilySearch. Robert Raymond explains techniques for finding record sets and a systematic process to navigate to a specific image—essential knowledge since FamilySearch microfilm is no longer being distributed. 

Juliana Szucs reveals why some records on Ancestry aren’t searchable and details strategies for accessing them. Her tips for successfully using the site include searching collections individually, learning what facts are indexed for particular records, locating unindexed records, and working with available indexes.
Dockets can be used as consolidated indexes for court records. Liz Stratton highlights the value of seven types of probate records and demonstrates how to find and use dockets on FamilySearch to locate all records for an estate.
Jordan Jones suggests a methodology for Internet searches, recounts the foundation of Internet navigation and search, provides samples of search syntax, and presents a case study in which he narrows results of a Google search from fifty-­one million to seven.
Claire Prechtel Kluskens guides users through the National Archives Catalog, a web-based tool for locating federal records useful for genealogical and historical research. The catalog contains seventy­-five million entries and thirty­-seven million images of records.
Kathy Petlewski describes the evolution and uses of the sometimes overlooked but valuable Periodical Source Index (known as PERSI) and its two million entries indexing eight thousand periodicals from the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, and Ireland.
Wrapping up this issue, Theresa Fitzgerald discusses auxiliary records in the National Archives that provide information about World War I veterans, Fiona Fitzsimons continues her series on Irish religious records, and Diahan Southard portrays the ability of mitochondrial DNA to connect ancient and modern generations. 

Table of Contents

  • NGS 2018 Conference Program Highlights by Janet A. Alpert, FNGS
  • Four Ways to Give Back to the Genealogical Community by Aaron Goodwin, Editor, NGS Monthly
  • NGS 2019 Family History Conference: Journey of Discovery Call for Proposals by Ann Carter Fleming, CG, CGL, FNGS
  • The Gone, the Missing, and the Misindexed: Finding Lost Families by J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA
  • Hidden Treasures on FamilySearch by Robert Raymond
  • Mining Underground Gems on Ancestry by Juliana Szucs
  • Docket: the Court’s Index by Liz Stratton, PLCGS
  • Auxiliary Records of World War I Veterans by Theresa Fitzgerald, MA
  • The Records of Jews, Huguenots, and Palatines in Ireland by Fiona Fitzsimons

  • President’s Message by Ben Spratling
  • Editor’s Note by Deb Cyprych
  • 2017 NGS Volunteers
  • Technology Search Methodologies for Genealogists by Jordan Jones
  • National Archives The National Archives Catalog by Claire Prechtel Kluskens
  • Reference Desk Using the Periodical Source Index to Improve Research by Kathy Petlewski, MSLS
  • DNA Demystified Mitochondrial DNA: A Maternal Gift by Diahan Southard 

NGS Magazine is published quarterly to update members of the National Genealogical Society on NGS activities and to provide genealogists with special information and guidance on conducting effective genealogical research. The magazine is sent to libraries by subscription. Online access to NGS Magazine is available only as long as membership is active.

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