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Overview[edit | edit source]
A periodical is a regularly published magazine, newsletter, or journal. Several valuable periodicals concerning Florida genealogical research exist. Many genealogical and historical societies publish magazines and newsletters. The articles in these periodicals often include the following:
- Family genealogies and pedigrees
- Helpful articles on research methodology
- Transcripts or indexes of biographical sketches, censuses, church records, migration lists, military records, obituaries, wills, vital records, and more
- Historical background
- Current and historical maps
- Information about local and national records, archives, and services
- Interesting articles about social life and customs
- Book advertisements and book reviews
- Advertisements of professional researchers
- Queries or requests for information about specific ancestors that can help you contact other interested researchers
Periodicals[edit | edit source]
The major genealogical periodicals and magazines helpful for Florida research are:
- Ancestry 1966–. Published by The Palm Beach County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1746, West Palm Beach, Florida 33402; Telephone: 407-832-3279. FHL Book 975.932 B2a; Volumes 1-5 on Microfilm 874055 items 1-3.
- The Florida Armchair Researcher 1984–. Published by Armchair Publications, 810 McDonough Rd., Hampton, Georgia 30228. FHL Book 975.9 D25f.
- Journal 1961–. Published by the Florida Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 18624, Tampa, Florida 33679-8624. 975.9 D25fgj.
- The Florida Genealogist 1977–. Published by the Florida State Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 10249, Tallahassee, Florida 32302-2249; Telephone: 813-872-0280. FHL Book 975.9 D25fg.
- Jacksonville Genealogical Society Quarterly 1973–. Published by the Jacksonville Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 60756, Jacksonville, Florida 32236-0756. 975.912/J1 D25j.
- South Florida Pioneers 1974–. Published by Richard M. Livingston, P.O. Box 3749, North Fort Myers, Florida 33918. FHL Book 975.9 D25s; FHL Films 1888609 items 2-20 for issues 1-28; 1888610 items 1-12 for issues 29-52.
Obtaining Periodicals[edit | edit source]
Copies of periodicals are available from the local societies that publish them. Major archives with genealogical collections will have copies of many periodicals, particularly those representing the area they serve. The Periodical Source Index, or PERSI, is the largest subject index to genealogy and local history periodical articles in the world. PERSI is available online and is especially useful because it refers to countless items published in thousands of family history periodicals worldwide. Learn more at the PERSI wiki page here:
- Periodical Source Index (PERSI). Ft. Wayne, Indiana: Allen County Public Library Foundation, 1987-. (Family History Library book 973 D25per; 40 fiche 6016863 (1847-1985); 15 fiche 6016864 (1986-1990).) Partially indexes over 5,000 English-language and French-Canadian family history periodicals. The microfiche indexes are cumulative; book indexes since 1986 are year-by-year. For further details see the PERiodical Source Index Resource Guide (34119).
- Find My Past Researchers can use the Internet edition of this index at Family History Centers via their site.
Once you locate an article in a periodical, check the FamilySearch Catalog and regional or local libraries for available copies. The Family History Library has collected many periodicals, with some available in digital format and accessible online. Florida periodicals may be found in the FamilySearch Catalog with a Place and Subject search, as found here: Florida-Periodicals. They can also be found by using:
- Place Search of the country, state/province, and county
- Title Search of the periodical
- Keyword Search for the publishing society name.
Also find Periodical resources available at other libraries via WorldCat. As with the FamilySearch Catalog search, search WorldCat using society names, locality names, and periodical title names. Learn more about how to search WorldCat and the Introduction to the FamilySearch Catalog on our Wiki pages.