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Friday is genealogy day at Curtis!

November 21st, 2014

genealogyDon’t forget that on Friday mornings you can usually find a volunteer in the Curtis Genealogy Room who is happy to provide help with your genealogy research.  If you are a complete beginner, stop by on Fridays and learn how to start this wonderful hobby.

In the meantime check out the following article posted in about a resource that you might find helpful in your genealogy research (click on the link below if you would like to read the entire article – just the key points are included below):



This past August, during the Federation of Genealogical Societies conference in San Antonio, I stopped by the booth of a new vendor: and discovered a wonderful new product called JPASS. I’ve known about JSTOR for some time now and have used the research service at libraries and archives.

There are over 2,000 academic journals on the JSTOR database covering many different topics, many which will interest genealogists and family historians. Currently, JSTOR is available for free in over 9,200 institutions worldwide.

Will you find genealogy records on JSTOR? No, but you will find articles and materials that provide you with background information and can assist your research. An example, using my own research: articles on the Huguenots that settled in New Paltz, New York. I wanted to know why they arrived in New Paltz and why they left France (migration push and pull causes) and other information about their daily life.

JPASS is a product from JSTOR that allows for personal access to approximately 1,500 journals in the JSTOR database. This means not having to trek down to the library to pull that article that I need. Or, if a research question pops into my head, I don’t need to write it down and wait for my next visit to the library.

JPASS is available in one-month and one-year plans and with the one-month plan (which I was given access to for this review), you get unlimited online reading access and you can download up to 10 articles a month (120 articles with the one-year plan). You also can create a MyJSTOR account so you can access JSTOR 24/7 from any device. What I like most about the MyJSTOR feature is the ability to set up alerts for specific search terms and I can save citations as well.


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