Thursday, November 12, 2009

NEGHS: New scholarly journal


NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at The New England Historic Genealogical Society. Please address all inquiries to tchampoux@nehgs.org.


NEHGS ANNOUNCES NEW SCHOLARLY JOURNAL
American Ancestors Journal includes New York and other research beyond New England


Boston, MA – November 2009 – New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) announces the launch of a new scholarly publication, American Ancestors Journal, to be included in the October 2009 issue of The New England Historical and Genealogical Register.

This new annual supplement will include valuable information outside of New England, including New York state and other regions popular with families migrating out of New England. American Ancestors Journal is automatically included with NEHGS membership, and will be available in both print and paperless PDF formats.

D. Brenton Simons, NEHGS President and CEO, said, “The creation of this new vehicle for communicating valuable scholarship beyond New England will serve our geographically diverse audience with first rate content and, at the same time, broaden our institutional reach.”
American Ancestors Journal will provide readers genealogical content of national scope, with an emphasis on New York State and out migrations from New England. This first installment is thirty-six pages and future issues may be longer. The editors are Henry B. Hoff and Helen Schatvet Ullmann, who are also the editor and associate editor of the Register, respectively.

Simons added, “Many good articles have been submitted to the Register that had only a minimal connection to New England — or none at all. Articles like these will now be considered for American Ancestors Journal. The editors are looking for short articles (eight pages or less), that solve identification problems or present a brief genealogy in the eighteenth and/or nineteenth centuries, with an emphasis on New York State and out migrations from New England.

The most recent survey of NEHGS members revealed that New York research was of great interest to members, second only to Massachusetts. The creation of American Ancestors Journal is one response to that survey. Other NEHGS initiatives for New York State research include the addition of New York material on NewEnglandAncestors.org, particularly “Abstracts of Wills, Administrations and Guardianships in NY State, 1787–1835,” an essential resource for upstate New York research. Each issue of New England Ancestors Magazine now has a “Focus on New York” column, in addition to periodic New York articles.

About NEHGS
The New England Historic Genealogical Society, founded in 1845, is the country's oldest non-profit genealogical organization. With more than 23,000 members nationally, NEHGS collects, preserves, and interprets materials to help make accessible the histories of families in America. Headquartered in Boston, the NEHGS library and research center is home to more than 15 million books, journals, artifacts, bibles, photographs, documents, microfilms, and other original records. NEHGS also boasts one of the largest genealogy manuscript collections in the country, covering more than four centuries of local and family history. The award-winning Web site, http://www.newenglandancestors.org/ contains more than 110 million names in more than 2,500 databases. The expert staff specialize in a variety of ethnic and geographic areas, including early and colonial American, New York, immigration, African American, Jewish, English, Irish, Scottish, European, and eastern and French Canadian.

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