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Place your family story in history

JSTOR is an online library of hundreds of years of academic research. Use the rich JSTOR library to build out your family tree’s historical, cultural, and social contexts.  Gain the knowledge and details around places, times, and historical trends:

  • Researching historical figures, places, and events
  • Finding state- and region-specific information and history
  • Learning about immigration patterns, political movements, and social issues of the day

JSTOR can be the key resource to build out the story around your family history. No one lives in isolation and knowing the context around your family’s history can lead to a deeper understanding of your past.

Content for genealogy research

We have more than 2,000 journals to place your family story in history. You’ll find articles from a wide range of disciplines, from history and politics to religion and geography, to build the story around your family tree. To help you get started, we highlighted a handful of journals that may be of particular interest to family history researchers.

Family research insights, from expert D. Joshua Taylor

The Genealogy Factor column is a free eight-part series on unearthing discoveries to provide context and clarity for anyone tracing their past, by D. Joshua Taylor. A professional genealogist and co-host of the popular PBS series Genealogy Roadshow, Taylor wrote the series for our online news magazine, JSTOR Daily.

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Religious history and population studies

This selection of journals highlights the history of the diverse religions and populations in America. See more religion and population titles. 

Religion Anglican and Episcopal History
Population International Migration Review
Culture Italian Americana
Religion Jewish Historical Studies
Religion Journal of Mormon History
Religion Journal of Presbyterian History
Culture Polish American Studies
Religion Quaker History
History William & Mary Quarterly

State and regional historical journals

We work with more than 30 state and regional historical societies to make their journals available on JSTOR. The selection below is only small subset of the available history journals:

Arkansas Arkansas Historical Quarterly
Caribbean  Caribbean Quarterly
Ireland  Clogher Historical Society
Ireland Dublin Historical Record
Florida Florida Historical Quarterly
Georgia  Georgia Historical Quarterly
Ghana Historical Society of Ghana
Nigeria Historical Society of Nigeria
Arizona Journal of Arizona History
Southern Journal of Southern History
Ireland  Journal of the Galway Archaeological and Historical Society
Illinois Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society
Southwest U.S. US Journal of the Southwest
Louisiana Louisiana History
Massachusetts Massachusetts Historical Review
Mexico Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos
Michigan Michigan Historical Review
Montana Montana: The Magazine of Western History
New York  New York History
North Carolina North Carolina Historical Review
Oregon Oregon Historical Quarterly
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Legacies
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography
Kentucky Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
South Carolina South Carolina Historical Magazine
California Southern California Quarterly
Southwest U.S.  Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Tennessee Tennessee Historical Quarterly
Ireland The Past
Virginia Virginia Magazine of History and Biography
Washington DC Washington History
Western  Western Historical Society


Wisconsin Magazine of History

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