Can Findmypast.com Take PERSI From Most-Overlooked to Most-Used Genealogy Resource?
Posted by Diane
PERSI, aka the Periodical Source Index, may be about to go from
one of the best most-overlooked genealogy resources to one of the
Brightsolid, the British company behind findmypast.com and other
genealogy websites, has agreed with PERSI's creators
at the Allen
County (Ind.) Public Library (ACPL) to publish the index—and the company plans to make each index entry link to an image of the
article it refers to.
Let's back up for a minute and talk about PERSI: It's an index to
articles in thousands of genealogy and local history periodicals published in the US and Canada back to 1800. Any of which could contain information that
helps you with a family or place you're researching
Allen County librarians began creating PERSI
in 1986. It now has about 2.5 million citations and adds
100,000 per year, according
to the Journal Gazette.
The index was made searchable on
Ancestry.com and HeritageQuest Online (which has a more
recent version you can search at libraries that offer
HeritageQuest Online). You can run a search, and then if you
find an index entry that mentions a family or place of interest, you can order a copy
of the article from ACPL.
That's been the only way for you to access all those
genealogy periodicals. You know,
unless you want to subscribe to all of them, and then read them.
And then find the periodicals no longer in publication, and read
Until now. If brightsolid can secure permission from publishers,
findmypast.com subscribers will be able to search for articles
related to their ancestors, and then link to digitized images of
the articles. That can't happen soon enough as far as I'm
more about PERSI in the Journal Gazette.
Don't want to wait? Learn how to use PERSI and other databases in HeritageQuest Online (including family and local histories, censuses and military records) with our HeritageQuest Online Web Guide.
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Tuesday, July 16, 2013 12:05:01 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)