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Old 18-03-2020, 17:52   #1
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Obscure source of research

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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Old 18-03-2020, 19:27   #2
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Re: Obscure source of research

Pompeylass, if Genealogy is your thing, then you should try the familysearch site.
It is run and maintained by the mormon church and it has a lot of information.
I am a member of Ancestry and I pay for this privilege.....I fell on Familysearch by accident and it has helped me find people in my family tree....Best of all it is FREE.
You have to join to look at the information, but it is every bit as good as Ancestry.
here is a link
https://www.familysearch.org/en/

Fill yer boots.
I used to buy ComputerActive...but many years ago...it was the way Ilearned a lot about my computers.
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Old 18-03-2020, 19:32   #3
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the other thing about family search is that if you are unsure whether ancestor hunting is for you then you can use this site to see if it grabs you.
I know Ancestry do free weeks from time to time(that is how I got hooked) but on these you only get very basic search facilities.
Searching is very very addictive.
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Old 18-03-2020, 20:01   #4
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Thanks Margaret. I love exploring something new - especially when we are in the grip of a national curfew, and the here and now is getting rather depressing. It's good to immerse oneself into the past.
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Old 18-03-2020, 21:11   #5
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It certainly is...and when you look at the times our ancestors lived in...and the conditions, it sort of puts things into perspective.
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