Unsinkable Titanic - Ancestry Magazine - January 1998

Front Cover, Ancestry Magazine - January 1998

Front Cover, Ancestry Magazine - January 1998. GGA Image ID # 103e1b873a

Cover: Illustration by Ken Marschall
©1995 from Titanic: An Illustrated History, a Hyperion/Madison Press book.

The sinking of the Titanic happened almost a hundred years ago (1912) and the story still fascinates the world. The tragedy was reported in newspapers everywhere. This article includes information about researching ancestors who were passengers on steamships.

Hickman, Alyssa, "The Unsinkable Titanic" in Ancestry, Vol. 16, No. 1, January / February 1998, p. 14-19.

Photographs Included:

  • Titanic Captain Edward J. Smith with Purser McElroy, taken onboard by a passenger who disembarked at Queenstown. (UPI/Corbis-Bettmann.
  • View of The Chicago Daily Tribune EXTRA, front page (above the fold), dated Tuesday, April 16, 1912.

List of Sources:

  • Canning, Elizabeth. “Madison Press on Crest of Titanic Wave.” In Publishers’ Weekly, 21 April 1997, p. 21.
  • Hart, Jeffrey. “Messages from the Titanic.” In National Review, 2 June 1997, pp. 49-51.
  • Lord, Walter. A Night to Remember. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1955.
  • Pellegrino, Charles. Her Name, Titanic. New York: Avon Books, 1990.
  • Rubincam, David Parry, and David D. Rowlands. “The Night the Titanic Went Down." In Sky & Telescope, October 1993, p. 79.
  • “Titanic Overload.” In Entertainment Weekly, 2 May 1997, p. 9.
  • Updike, John. “It Was Sad” (review of Titanic -themed books). In The New Yorker, 14 October 1996, pp. 94-98.
  • “Why the Titanic Sank.” In Time, 27 September 1993, p. 21.

Issue Table of Contents


  • The Unsinkable Titanic by Alyssa Hickman
    The notorious maritime tragedy revisited, plus stories about researching steamship passengers
  • The Third Degree: Tips for a Successful Interview by George Thurston
    A pro explains how to get the most from interviews with relatives
  • Visiting Your Small-Town Roots by Sheilah Kirker
    Tips on planning a successful visit to your ancestral town
  • Publishing Your Genealogy by Christine A. Reed
    A guide to self-publishing your family history
  • The Czar's Anniversary by Rafael Guber
    How family stories can provide research clues


  • Editor's Note
  • Comment
    New Year's resolutions; ASG Scholar Award announced
  • Book View
    by Sandra H. Luebking, FUGA Notices of new genealogical books
  • Case Study: My Search for Sjaardas by Janet Sjaarda Sheer's
    An unusual Dutch surname leads the author on a challenging quest
  • Technology: Keep the Goal in Mind by Lance Jacob, AG
    How to decide if (and how much) to upgrade your computer and software


  • Library and Archive Sources
    Using Organizational Records in Family History
    by Curt B. Witcher, FUGA
    Putting your ancestors in context with the help of organizational records
  • Research Cornerstones
    Copyrights, Plagiarism, and Ethics: Rights to Use Information
    by Donn Devine, CG(sm), CGI(sm)
    An overview of the laws governing family history information
  • Back to Basics: Organizing Your Genealogy
    by Terry and Jim Willard
    What points to consider in compiling your family history

Publication Information

  • Title: Ancestry Magazine
  • Issue: Volume 16, Number 1, January-February 1998
  • Pages: 58
  • Dimensions: 21.4 x 27.8 x 3 cm
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