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Overview[edit | edit source]

A periodical is a regularly published magazine, newsletter, or journal. Several valuable periodicals concerning New York 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]

Some major genealogical periodicals helpful for New York research are:

  • The Capital 1986–. Published by Arthur C. M. Kelly, 60 Cedar Heights Road, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. FHL Book 974.74 D25c. This periodical has material for Albany and Rensselaer counties.
  • De Halve Maen 1922–. Published by the Holland Society of New York, 122 E. 58th Street, New York, New York 10022. FHL Book 974.7 B2h. Volumes 19– present, with some incomplete issues; also on FHL fiche. Articles relate to the Dutch colonial period.
  • Early Settlers of New York State: Their Ancestors and Descendants 1934-1942. Edited by Janet Wethy Foley. Nine Volumes. Akron, New York: T. J. Foley. FHL Book 974.7 D25e; Films 962286, 844674 and 844638 item 6. This is a valuable resource for central and western New York.
  • Lifelines 1984-. Official journal of the Northern New York American-Canadian Genealogical Society. Published by the Northern New York American-Canadian Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1256, Plattsburgh, New York 12901. FHL Book 974.7 D25L. This periodical is helpful for researching French-Canadian immigrants.
  • The Mohawk 1984–. Published by Arthur C. M. Kelly, 60 Cedar Heights Road, Rhinebeck, New York 12572. FHL Book 974.74 D25m. This periodical covers Montgomery and Schenectady counties.
  • New York State Queries 1987-. Published by Carolyn Wilson Weinder. Spokane, Washington: the author. FHL Book 974.7 D25w. There is a cumulative index to volumes 1–11.
  • The Patents: The Northeastern New York Genealogical Society Newsletter 1982–. Published by the Northeastern New York Genealogical Society, 9 Lydia Street, S. Glens Fall, NY 12803. FHL Book 974.7 D25nn.
  • Western New York Genealogical Society Journal 1974–. Published by the Western New York Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 338, Hamburg, New York 14075-0338. FHL Book 974.7 B2w. Prints material pertaining to Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming counties.
  • Year Book of the Holland Society of New York 1886-1929. Most volumes are available online for free. See WeRelate.

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).
  • Findmypast 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. New York periodicals may be found in the FamilySearch Catalog with a Place and Subject search, as found here: New York-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.