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Finding Your Family History on the Internet
 "Genealogy Newsletters"

  by Lana Archibald

The Internet offers many newsletters for those who are interested in genealogy.  They give research tips, relate success stories, provide information on classes, and give links to new databases.

There are two main kinds of newsletters: those that come to your email address, and those that are posted only to a web site.

ANCESTRY WEEKLY DIGEST is a newsletter which comes to your personal email inbox.  It is a condensed version of the online ANCESTRY.COM DAILY NEWS found at < >.  Rather than e-mailing you an entire article, in the Digest version hypertext links are provided to full-length articles in the Daily News. If you don't have time to go online every day and read the Daily News, the Weekly Digest gives you an abridged version.  Recent articles have included:  "Help for Beginners (And Reminders for the Rest of Us)," by Juliana Smith; "Protect Your Keepsakes" by George G. Morgan; articles on immigration and migration patterns; and tips on organizing and reviewing your files.  This newsletter also includes a list of featured maps (such as "Tennessee Country, 1748-1775") and new databases (such as "New Castle County, Delaware Wills, 1682-1800") acquired by, which are free for anyone to use for the next ten days. To subscribe, visit <> and type your e-mail address in the box provided, or send an e-mail message to: <> with the word "subscribe" in the subject line.

Another example of a newsletter that comes to your email is MISSING LINKS, RootsWeb's Genealogy Journal.  This electronic journal contains research stories submitted by readers, a list of Internet sites which offer information about genealogy (such as "Establishing American Indian Ancestry" by the Bureau of Indian Affairs), and a few notices from  "Somebody's Links", a type of genealogical classified ads.

ROOTSWEB REVIEW is a sister-newsletter to MISSING LINKS, and gives genealogy news about the site and instructions on how to use the services offered there.  All of the features are free to users.  Recent articles discussed online genealogy classes, Mayflower lines uncovered in WorldConnect, new surname mailing lists, and USGenWeb Archive projects.

To subscribe or unsubscribe from MISSING LINKS and ROOTSWEB REVIEW, send e-mail with only "subscribe" (or unsubscribe) in the message area to: <>.

Many family history centers publish weekly newsletters.  The CFHC WEEKLY NEWSLETTER from the Cache Family History Center in Logan is an example.  Through their newsletter, readers are kept informed of classes offered at the center and bus trips planned to the Salt Lake Family History Library. The editor gives research tips, lists new acquisitions at the library, posts surnames people are looking for information on, and answers questions about PAF and other genealogy programs.  Subscribe to this newsletter by sending an email to: <>.

The INTERNATIONAL GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY NEWSLETTER is an example of an online journal which does not come to your email. Offered in ten languages (including English) this bi-monthly publication lately presented articles on "Genealogy Resources on the Internet," "Learning How To Search," and "Genealogy and the Internet for Non-Techies."  Past issues of the IIGS Newsletter are archived and can also be viewed online.  It can be found at <> .

DEAR MYRTLE is a popular online newsletter.  Myrtle writes one or more daily articles, and archives them by topic and by month.  "Internet-Only Research is Short-sighted" was a recent article.  Others from the December issues included "Visiting a Cemetery," "Palatines to America," "Building Your Own Web Page is Possible," and "Ancestry Site Redesign User's Guide."  The Daily News is at <> and the topic archive can be found at <>.

The online USGENWEB ARCHIVES NEWSLETTER is published weekly.  The Archives is a "virtual library" of historical documents (censuses, wills, cemetery listings etc..) that have been transcribed and donated by other researchers. The newsletter lists some of the newest submissions.  You can read the online version at <> or you can subscribe to the USGW-ARCHIVES-ANNOUNCE which sends weekly announcements of new updates and submissions to your email. To subscribe, type only the word "subscribe" in the body of an e-mail message  to: <>.

EASTMAN'S ONLINE  NEWSLETTER <> highlights various genealogy programs and information organizers, and reports news from around the world concerning family history sites and issues. New articles discussed the newest version of FamilyTree Maker, a palm organizer, and news from the The (U.S.) Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG).

Many other newsletters are available. A comprehensive list can be found at <> You'll find you can learn research skills, be informed of resources available,  and keep your enthusiasm fresh by reading a few of them.

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