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Using PERSI for Genealogy Success

Using PERSI for Genealogy SuccessWhat Is PERSI?

PERSI, an acronym that stands for the “periodical source index,” is the largest subject index in the world for genealogy and local history periodical articles.“

It literally is your world into thousands and thousands, if not millions, of pages of published family historical work,” said Taylor. “PERSI includes all sorts of databases and data sets that have been produced by societies and other organizations for many, many years.”PERSI currently offers more than 2.5 million subject level entries and is updated on a quarterly basis. As more and more publications are indexed and as newer publications are added, the PERSI database grows.“

And PERSI isn’t just for the United States,” says Taylor. “It covers society publications in Canada, in Ireland, in Great Britain, and all over the world. So it’s a fantastic resource for you, even if you’re looking beyond U.S. genealogy.”

Learn more about Using PERSI for Genealogy Success at the FamilySearch blog.

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7 Tips to Help You Find Your American Ancestors in PERSI

One important thing to keep in mind when researching PERSI is that this is an index of the sources and PERSI is indexed by article titles, not names. So, unless your ancestor had an article written about him/her, doing a general surname search won’t likely bring up any results that are specific to your ancestor.

You just need to remember that the strategy isn’t to find a name with PERSI, the strategy is locating the periodical your ancestor may be included in , so location and time period are a great way to begin your searches.

Since PERSI is always being updated, even if you’ve searched it before, it’s worth searching again, and again, and again, and again. Also, as you uncover more clues to your family history PERSI can help you uncover even more with additional related searches.

Great tips to help find ancestors in PERSI at the history blog from Findmypast