Have you ever heard of PERSI?

PERSI, or the Periodical Source Index is the largest host of genealogical journals worldwide. Home to over 11,000 journals, many no longer in print, PERSI is a hidden gem for researchers and genealogist alike. Indexed are roughly 2.3 million articles concerning local history and genealogy spanning from 1800 to 2009.

Easily searchable, PERSI is extremely user friendly with multiple subject heading for simple website navigation.

·         Under the PEOPLE heading, users can search for ancestor names across the 2.3 million articles

·         The PLACES caption lets users search articles relating to locations where their ancestors may have lived

·          HOW TO’S  provides beginning genealogists with helpful tips on how to conduct their research

·         Finally, the PERIODICALS heading gives users the ability to search for certain journals


PERSI was created by the Allen County Public Library and is constantly updating its content. The Periodical Source Index is available through Heritage Quest Online.