- At the Genealogical Computer Group meeting this AM I mentioned the
on-line e-zine, Digital Genealogist, that has been available for the
past year as possibly of interest to former subscribers to Ancestry's
Genealogical Computing. Genealogical Computing was first published in
the mid 1980s. Paul Andereck was editor at that time and suggested the
Tiny Tafel and Gedcom in the editorial pages in 1984. The magazine's
articles were written by well know genealogists and covered a wide
spectrum of topics. The Genealogical Computer Group maintained a
subscription for this magazine for many years as it proved a very
valuable tool for assisting the group's members in solving their
problems. Eventually the magazine was acquired by Ancestry and fell on
hard times. A series of editors did their best to restore the magazine
to its earlier prominence but their efforts were stymied by Ancestry's
lack of attention to servicing the subscriber base. Eventually Ancestry
dropped the magazine from their product line due to declining sales.
The last editor, Elizabeth Kelly Kerstans, who also edits the National
Genealogical society's Newsmagazine, decided she would resurrect the
magazine on her own dime. Unable to use the original name she
christened the new e-zine the Digital Genealogist. The first issue
appeared in November of 2006. Many of the writers who had prepared
articles for the old Genealogical Computing volunteered to write
articles for this first issue. The format is similar to the original
but not being a printed magazine it require Adobe to view. The first
issue can viewed in its entirety at www.digitalgenealogist.com along
with the contents page of the current issue.
The e-zine appears bi-monthly in January, March, May, July, September.
and November. In her editorial page in the current issue Liz commits
herself to guaranteeing the e-zine will be published as advertised
throughout 2008. However she also states that as the writers are now
paid for their articles her expenses are exceeding her subscription
income. She could ask the writers to take less for their articles but
she feels this would not be fair to those professionals who can earn
considerably more for a similar expenditure of their time.
Accordingly she has asked her current subscribers to inform their
associates about the e-zine in hopes this will result in increased
subscriptions. Being a long time friend of Liz I feel I should do as
she has requested. I invite you all to visit www.digitalgenealogist.com
and check out the first issue and the content of the latest issue. If
you find there are articles of interest and that the magazine is worth
the subscription price of $20 a year please subscribe.
On a personal note I want to see this publication thrive if only to
prove Ancestry made a mistake in shutting down Genealogical Computing.
Of course the fact that I've written a couple of articles for Liz has no
bearing on this at all. :-[