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Genealogical Periodicals: A Guide for Research :
Periodical Indexes


The Key to Indexes which follows describes the major indexes to genealogical periodicals that are available in LH&G. It notes the time periods each index covers, its particular subject or geographic specializations, and how the entries are arranged.

By far the most comprehensive periodical index is Periodical Source Index, commonly known as PERSI, compiled at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The aim of PERSI is to provide place, subject, and surname access to every significant English-language and French-Canadian historical and genealogical periodical relating to family history research. Citations refer researchers to approximately 3500 genealogical and local history periodicals in the Allen County Public Library.

Although many researchers may find that they only need to make use of PERSI, several other indexes to American genealogical periodicals are shelved in LH&G. These indexes may be useful for the localities and time periods which they cover, or for the special features that they contain. They are: GPAI; Jacobus; Kentucky; Munsell; Sperry; and Swem.

Researchers interested in articles published in French- and German-language periodicals should make use of Arnaud and Der Schlussel.

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