Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
The Annals of Genealogical Research, begun in 2005, was created “to provide an online site suitable for researchers to present and preserve their findings in genealogy.” Specifically, it serves the publication of genealogical research results accompanied by supporting, accurate source documentation, something often lacking in other online genealogical resources. The ability to search the entire journal online, combined with the quality source documentation, makes this site both discoverable and reputable for genealogical use.
There are generally four issues published per year, although the periodicity is noted as “irregular.” Issues include short and medium-length articles in genealogy and family history, in English, with no geographical restrictions. Papers accepted should not include data on living persons. The editors encourage the submission of limited subjects, “such as a single generation of a family,” noting that, “publishing an article will uncover more information on a subject from the readers,” and that “a series of smaller articles is often the best way to share and improve one's research” while “smaller articles also help search engines like Google return better results.”
Past issues include such articles as, “Tracing the Genealogy of One Branch of the Davies Family in South Wales. Parts 1 and 2,” “Genealogy can be reproducible and efficient,” “A Surname Relationship Diagram,” and “All My Relatives: The Hunka Adoption of Jasper Milk.” Some articles are exhaustively referenced and documented; others are personal stories about a quest to “raise the dead,” (as one article is titled), others, such as “Genealogy can be reproducible and efficient” seek to offer solutions to problems facing genealogical study and publishing. Some articles even include census reports, family photos (with members identified), wedding pictures, wedding certificates, grave markers, photos of family dwellings, and extensive notes and references.
The overall quality of writing here is very good, and the scope of content extends around the globe. The US and UK are heavily represented, but a quick browse through past issues reveals articles from Sweden and about Syrian immigrants to Missouri. This is a serious resource for genealogists, and librarians would do well to know about, and recommend this free resource, to interested researchers.