Another major component of many genealogical periodicals
are compiled genealogies. Often a researcher has learned significant information
about several generations of a family, but the number of people covered
is too small for a book. Also, many researchers publish corrections or
updates to earlier book genealogies.
As we have often indicated, immigration, and immigrant
origins, are some of the most popular of genealogical topics. Virtually
all North Americans descend from many different immigrants. Over the course
of their research, family historians will often find the foreign origins
of many of those immigrants. Their success stories make excellent articles
for local and national genealogical periodicals.
More often than not, articles about immigrants deal with
colonial immigrants. Usually they identify where they came from in the
old country. Even if the actual town has not been found, such articles
provide the most up-to-date information about the status of research on
the immigrant. Since they provide current findings, they include whatever
clues previous researchers have found. Often this is enough for the next
researcher to pick up the trail, and solve the question of an immigrantís
One of the greatest services that periodicals perform
is to copy documents of genealogical interest into their pages. This makes
the original records much easier to read and to search. In addition, it
is likely that the index to that issue will identify many more names in
the record than the original document's index.
Virtually any and all types of genealogical documents
have been transcribed or abstracted in periodicals. Transcriptions, of
course, are a word-for-word printing of the original document. Punctuation
and spelling are usually left as found in the original.