And the rains came…

…with thunder and lightning. Turning the snow to slush about 12 inches deep in some areas. And mild to moderate flooding where drains were frozen. The temperature has fallen with nightfall and the slush on my street and in my gutters will be sold ice by morning–with a predicted layer of snow on top. This is Northern Utah on the ninth of January.

Did you know…? — there are 22,000 genealogical and historical societies in the United States and Canada? According to the new 2016 Directory of Genealogical and Historical Societies published by Iron Gate Publishing of Colorado, this is the tally. Who knew?

Huge! Each society publishes a newsletter or a quarterly or a bulletin–weekly, monthly, quarterly, bi-annually, or annually. With local genealogy and historical news, book reviews, family Bible data, genealogies and pedigrees and family histories carried in more than one issue. And record abstracts, documents, announcements of local events, maps, puzzles, photos, cartoons, and drawings.

The 2002 edition of this directory had 12,000 periodicals.

If you haven’t joined a local society in the area where your ancestors resided, you really must make that a New Year’s Resolution for 2017. And you may luck out by getting some free research done or learning that you have an unknown cousin who has been tracing the same ancestors as you have with amazing results to share.

Genealogy and history periodicals are among the most valuable resources you can find–get cracking! Your favorite genealogist, Arlene Eakle

PS Here’s the deal: you don’t need to subscribe to a whole bunch at once. Pick an area where you are having research difficulty. Subscribe to the periodical that will help you make a break-through. As your research progresses, you can subscribe to another to help you. This way you get the help you need from those in a position to grant it. Good Luck!


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