Today’s episode of Research Like a Pro is about how to include contextual information in your genealogical writing. Whether you are writing a research report, proof argument, or a family history narrative, adding context will aid you. You may want to flesh out an ancestor’s life with details about their occupation and community, or add to your body of evidence by discussing the laws that prompted a record set’s creation. Tune in as we discuss this important concept!
Where to look for books of state laws and statutes:
PERSI – the Periodical Source Index of local and family history journal articles
JSTOR – scholarly research platform for exploring articles across 75 disciplines, including history, literature, geography, politics, law, science, arts, area studies etc. Can access some articles for free, or access at a university of the Family History Library. Read more:
– JSTOR for Genealogists – helpful page at JSTOR
– JSTOR.org by Alicia Crane Williams at Vita Brevis (the blog of AmericanAncestors.org)
– The Genealogy Factor Column by D. Joshua Taylor at JSTOR Daily
– 5 things you may not know about JSTOR – what’s free and what’s not, how to access as a walk-in to select public libraries, etc.
– How to access JSTOR as an independent researcher – information about a free account that allows 6 articles per month, and the JPASS account, which is $20 per month.
FamilySearch Catalog – Search here for county histories
Setting the Scene: Using Historical Weather Data in Genealogy – by Jake Fletcher at Legacy News – discusses how to access U.S. historical weather reports
Gendisasters – Newspaper articles about Train Wrecks, Fires, Floods, Shipwrecks, Plane Crashes, Accidents and other disasters. Most of these articles list the dead and injured or missing.
Study Group – more information and email list
Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist’s Guide by Diana Elder with Nicole Dyer on Amazon.com
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