Guided Video Tour of Findmypast’s PERSI

Guided Video Tour of Findmypast’s PERSI

The Periodical Source Index (PERSI) at Findmypast is a great resource for identifying articles of interest to your research in genealogy newsletters, magazines and journals. This guide and video will help you master PERSI in no time.

The Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center (ACPL) maintains the Periodical Source Index to articles printed in thousands of genealogy newsletters and journals published since the 1700s. Search PERSI for free at Findmypast to identify articles that may be related to your family history, such as abstracted records, local history details, family profiles and more. We’ll show you around the PERSI search, and share a handy video tour of the site.

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A. Find other Findmypast databases to search.

B. Use these fields if you know the journal or article title you need.

C. Want articles about how to do genealogy in the places you type in the place fields? Type Y here and select Yes from the dropdown menu. Otherwise, ignore this field.

D. These fields search subject terms and keywords ACPL librarians have assigned. Start typing and choose from the dropdown menu, or click Browse to view available terms. (We found the Optional Keywords field easier to search with.)

E. Use these fields if you know about when the article you need was published, or the organization that published it.

F. Start here if you just want to see what’s available. Begin typing the place, then choose from the dropdown menu. Resulting articles are from periodicals published in that place.

G. Despite the “optional” label, this field is quite helpful, especially used along with the place fields. Enter a surname or topic (such as Civil War, German or church).

Tip: Findmypast subscribers can link from PERSI search results to the transcribed articles. Otherwise, request a copy from ACPL (see page 69) or search for the publication at other libraries.


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