Resources from an Unlikely Source

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Resources from an Unlikely Source

Post by beejay » 24 Mar 2020, 11:58

I’ve come across an obscure source of research that I would like to pass on.

This involves a magazine called ‘Computer Active’. The magazine comes out every fortnight, therefore there are 26 issues per year.

Although ostensibly about computers, each issue now has one page, usually page 16, that devotes itself to genealogy sources online, titled ‘Grow your own Family Tree’.

This was a new feature in the magazine, starting from the Aug/Sept copy (No.535) of 2018.

To date there have been 42 articles devoted to a variety of aspects of finding new and obscure sources for family history, with many links to other online sources.

You may wonder what on earth I’m doing, droning on about a magazines that basically covers the subject of computers, and is now reduced to the history archives.

But this particular magazine produces a CD each year of the previous years’ 26 issues – nine articles on the 2018 CD and 26 articles on the 2019 CD; the 7 articles produced so far this year won’t be available on CD till next year.

Priced at £10.80 per CD, these CD’s can be purchased through Amazon UK’s website. The CD not only gives you access to the ‘Grow your own Family Tree’ articles, but all aspects for computers as well – which makes for an all-round fascinating read.

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Re: Resources from an Unlikely Source

Post by Wendyf » 25 Mar 2020, 06:16

Are you still doing your family history Beejay? Thank you for recommending this magazine, though personally I only use online resources these days.

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Re: Resources from an Unlikely Source

Post by beejay » 26 Mar 2020, 14:29

Still doing family history on and off; a friend of mine in Blackburn nudged me into joining 'Ancestry' about a year ago and I uncovered some new facts about my grandmother I didn't know. Plus, it's a mine full of info.

But I'm so busy doing other things that I've put the genealogy on the back-burner somewhat - I work from home compiling stats for a sports website which I'm racing along with currently, breaking that up with reading fiction novels and looking after the wife.

All the computer magazine articles gives links to other sites on the internet, such as the database of the National Newspaper Library, and how to find people in the census returns that aren't where they should be, and lots of obscure places to find info on the internet that are tucked away. Every article has at least one link to look at. I'll try and compile a list to post on here.

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