23 January 2009

Another gen journal now online

Printed genealogical journals are a good thing to have, but not everyone has access to the print version. Thus, the joint venture of the Connecticut Society of Genealogists (CSG) and the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) to make the CSG journal available online as a searchable database was good news.

CSG has published its journal, "The Connecticut Nutmegger," since 1968.
During this time it has captured a wealth of information for genealogists such as vital records, probate records, bible records, headstone records, memorials and other useful records. The Nutmegger also presents well-documented family histories and genealogical articles, covering hundreds of families – mainly with Connecticut ties. Published articles include commentary on and corrections to previously published family lines, vital records and town histories. Book reviews, research tips, queries and other valuable tools for genealogists are also available.

As of January 22, it is now available as a searchable database on both the CSG site and that of the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS).

The joint venture has, according to CSG publication committee chair Dick Tomlinson, brought "forty years of accumulated genealogical treasures off the bookshelves and into digital databases,” while NEHGS president/CEO D. Brenton Simons said, "countless people will benefit from having it available online."

It will be released in stages over 2009. This week, Volumes 1-6 (1968-1973) were released indexing 12,347 names and 477 subject records. Additional groups of five volumes will be added periodically.

Search by last and/or first name, or subject keywords. Original page images can be seen from the search results page. Visitors can also search the journal by entering a year or volume number and page number.

For more, click on both sites below.

NEHGS, located in Boston, is the oldest non-profit genealogical organization in the US, with more than 23,000 members. Its research library has more than 12 million books, journals, photos, documents, records and microfilms, in addition to one of the largest genealogy manuscript collections covering more than 400 years of local and family history.

CSG, located in East Hartford, has more than 3,300 members. Its research library has more than 18,000 member charts.

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