The Periodical Source Index – PERSI

PERSI (PERiodical Source Index) has been a mainstay of genealogical research for decades. It is the largest index of periodical articles related to genealogical and local history in the world. This fabulous resource was created by the Allen County Public Library in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. The problem with PERSI is that it is only an index. Once a researcher finds an article in the index, they then must find the actual article.

That is changing.

The Allen County Public Library and Findmypast have teamed up to digitize as many of these periodicals as possible and make them available online. This is a massive effort and will take time to complete, but there are already a good number of digitized articles available.

You can access PERSI at Findmypast ( You will also find a very useful article at the Findmypast blog ( discussing tips for searching the index.

Anyone can access and search PERSI, but you will need a Findmypast user account to view the metadata/digitized images. Findmypast has a 14-day trial period and offers one month, six month and annual subscriptions along with Pay As You Go credits that can be used to purchase specific records.

Findmypast has been focused on United Kingdom records (England, Ireland, Scotland, Canada and Australia) for many years. It is now expanding to include U.S. records too. If you are researching UK ancestors, a subscription could be worthwhile. If all you want to do is search PERSI, the Pay As You Go option might be a better choice. It’s nice to have options.

The Periodical Source Index has long been a valuable resource for genealogical research. This effort makes it even more valuable. It will be interesting to watch it grow.

We'd like to hear from you.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s