Genealogists are collectors of family artifacts, pictures, books both related to our research or how to books to improve the research that we do, and some publications. Last Saturday while at our local society, the Genealogical Forum of Oregon, they had a large collection of such publications on the free table. Remember, free is a very good price!
Looking over what was there several copies piqued my interest. With my large genealogy bag in tow, every empty crevice was filled with the selected copies. Mind you the free collection left behind was much larger than the few in my now very full bag. When returning home someone else had to be enlisted to carry the bag up the stairs. Then the fun began when extracting the publications and organizing them into an orderly pile for future reading.
Below you will find a list of some of these items that were read this spring. My main goal is to read and discard those that do not meet future research needs. In reading them there is an interest in how they compile the publications and also the chance occasion of finding information on one of my research families. There may come a time that a change in my office space will also dictate how many of these publications can be kept. After reading a copy that stays in my collection there is a small X made in the upper right hand on the cover. The most important issues are the ones in which one of my articles is published.
It is interesting to read about other societies and their members work. The nationally well-respected major publications offer the opportunity to review the work of professional writers or those with experience in particular types of research. By reading the cast offs of others it helps in determining the publications one might want to subscribe to in the future. What are you reading and which types of publications are you subscribing to?