Journals. I have a few. And I am always running out of magazine boxes in which to store them. I have all my copies of the Queensland Family Historian which is my Society's journal. The Society is encouraging its members to switch to an e-version to better use funds for resources and equipment replacement. I haven't done that yet. Can I make the leap?
I have also indulged in purchases of various magazines ranging from Who Do You Think You Are? and History Today to Family Tree Magazine and the very beautiful but shortly to become defunct Inside History. The Australian War Memorial puts out a good quarterly publication called Wartime. And of course Australian Family Tree Connections. Not to mention the magazines of any other societies of which I am a member. Yass and District Historical Society Inc publishes Boongaroon and the Central Scotland Family History Society has its own Newsletter.
There are perhaps too many good magazines.
I watched a Legacy webinar recently (50 websites every genealogist should know by Gena Philbert-Ortega and got "sucked-in" as we like to say in Australia to buying yet another magazine called Discover your Ancestors. This is a really beautiful glossy publication which comes out once a year. Perhaps that's the sort of frequency I can handle. It has articles by Jayne Shrimpton, Chris Paton and Ruth A Symes to name a few highly regarded authorities. It came with what seems to be the obligatory DVD on the front containing free software and collections and a temporary subscription to The Genealogist. Not to be sneezed at to be sure. But do I have the time to even load it in my machine and check out all the offers?
To the publishers credit there is an index at the back of the magazine which groups over 550 articles under subject headings for your reference e.g. DNA, Research Resources, Photography, Names, Military, Occupations, Costume, Countries, Religion, Education. Now that's really useful.
Do I ever refer to these journals? Not really. I suspect they are dust gatherers and I would be better off giving them the big heave-ho. Does anyone else suffer from a similar malaise?
Is it a case of poor time management, short attention spans or are we getting our information in a different way these days?
I shall be covering this later in the alphabet under W for Weeding and Wondering.
What do you think? Are journals worth keeping? Do you refer to them in your research?