Periodicals Galore

Thousands of genealogical periodicals are published each year in the United States. In addition to those in the county you are researching, place queries in those that are published statewide or nationwide. Inquire about cost and whether they require membership or subscription to use that service. Make some choices depending upon your budget. Mention enough about the family so that readers can identify them.

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A query section in a genealogical publication refers to a specific section of the magazine set aside for submitted inquiries. Almost all periodicals have such sections, as do some newspapers that carry genealogy columns. They may limit the length, or have other restrictions.

Sample of query to submit for publication in genealogical periodicals.

Seeking descendants of John Masters b. 15 April 1858 in Monroe Co., NY, m. there in 1888 to Mary Adams. They moved about 1910 to Perry County, IL and had 3 ch., John b. 1912, Joseph b. 1915, and Agatha b. 1918 (who m. John Davis). Wish to contact descendants.

A number of national journals are connected to a society and are part of the society's membership benefits. These include The New England Historical and Genealogical Society's Register (NEHGR), The National Genealogical Society's Newsletter, The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society's New York Genealogical and Biographical Record (NYGBR), and others.

Some national periodicals are subscription only, that is, not associated with a society. Three that have query sections are Everton's Genealogical Helper (the largest), Reunions Magazine, and Heritage Quest. Some subscription journals focus on articles but do accept a limited number of queries from members. The American Genealogist (known as TAG) is among them.

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