Interest in a "Journals Project"?

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Would anyone else be interested in a project that monitors a few high-profile genealogical journals and tries to update Wikitree as new articles come out?
in The Tree House by Barry Smith G2G6 Pilot (220k points)
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Barry, this is great! If there is anything that the team can do to help, e-mail me, Eowyn, or the team at info@.
I think this is a great idea, PGM is always wishing it had time to do this.

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Hi Barry, the idea is interesting though, I'm not sure I would have the time.

 Any ideas about what journal titles and how anyone would access them?
by John Atkinson G2G6 Pilot (486k points)
  1. National Genealogical Society Quarterly, available in print and online to NGS members.
  2. New England Historic Genealogical Society Register, available in print and online to NEHGS members; some early editions found via Google books etc.
  3. The American Genealogist avail in print to subscribers; most issues avail digitally to NEHGS members.
  4. The Genealogist avail in print to subscribers.  Not yet digitized to my knowledge.
  5. New York Genealogical and Biographical Society Journal avail in print and digitally to members. Some issues avail digitally through NEHGS membership.
  6. Connecticut Nutmegger. I believe most available digitally through NEHGS membership.
The first 5 in Jillaine’s list are frequently referred to as the “Big 5” journals in the United States by professional genealogists.

I just created a new post to flesh out the idea: https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/812553/implementing-the-journals-project

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This could be a useful project in that it might encourage people to check out such journals. Many libraries in the USA carry at least one of the big 5, especially those that have a genealogy section. I would encourage people to regularly read articles in such journals. You can learn a lot about researching from them.

In addition to the "Nutmegger" there are a number of good journals from other State or local societies. The "Magazine of Virginia Genealogy" is another well written/edited journal.

Back to the proposal. Do you have an idea of how the information would be presented/managed?

by Doug McCallum G2G6 Pilot (425k points)

I just created a new post to flesh out the idea: https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/812553/implementing-the-journals-project

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Great idea, Barry!  Just for reference: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Help:Starting_a_Project

by Eowyn Walker G2G Astronaut (1.8m points)
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Sounds like a good project. I don’t have access to the mentioned journals and am not like to join or subscribe as they don’t fit my areas of interest, but I’ve worked articles from such journals in Michigan and Illinois which are available online into my Quebecois WikiTree work. I’ve found it to be quite interesting work.
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Very good idea.  Who would coordinate it? If the assignments weren’t burdensome, I could help.
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I just created a new post to flesh out the idea: https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/812553/implementing-the-journals-project  I think the assignments could be very minimal -- i.e., pick a single new article and try to get it added as a source to a profile for someone mentioned in the article.  Or pick a new journal issue and create a freespace page with a table of contents for it.

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Sounds interesting.  I could help with the Australian arm of the project, depends on what "monitoring" means and what sort of feedback the Project would need to make it a success. 

I suppose the first step is to identify the Australian Journals, to start off the list could include the following, but would need to be expanded to include other states in Australia, as my focus to date has the Eastern seaboard:-

Genealogical Society of Victoria https://www.gsv.org.au/

Family History Connections https://www.familyhistoryconnections.org.au/

Society of Australian Genealogists  https://www.sag.org.au/

by Sandra Williamson G2G6 Mach 2 (20.3k points)

I just created a new post to flesh out the idea: https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/812553/implementing-the-journals-project  I dropped "high-profile" because I think participants should choose whatever journals interest them.  

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If the project gets started, I wouldn't mind helping. I do receive NGSQ, NEHGS Register, NYGBS Journal and Magazine of Virginia Genealogy so could do one of those depending how the project gets structured.
by Doug McCallum G2G6 Pilot (425k points)
Wow, you've got a good amount of reading going!  I belong to NEHGS, but you've inspired me to add another subscription or two!
I didn't mention the lesser journals. Get a number of those as well.

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