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Overview[edit | edit source]
A periodical is a regularly published magazine, newsletter, or journal. Several valuable periodicals concerning Ohio 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 that are helpful for research in Ohio are:
- Gateway to the West 1967-1978. Greenville, Ohio: Anita Short, Ruth Bowers. 11 Volumes. Family History Library book 977.1 B2gw. A 1989 edition that selected principal articles from the original is available at FHL book 977.1 D25g 1989. Bowers, Ruth, and Anita Short, comp. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1989. Two Volumes.
- Ohio, the Cross Road of Our Nation 1960-. (Also known as Ohio Records and Pioneer Families). Akron, Ohio: Esther Weygandt Powell. Family History Library book 977.1 B2o; Volumes 1-5 are also on films 873936 or 974051; Volumes 6-9 are on films 873937 or 974052.
- The Report 1960-. Mansfield, Ohio: Ohio Genealogical Society. Family History Library book 977.1 B2r; Volumes 1-8 on fiche 590280.
- The Firelands Pioneer 1858-1878, 13 volumes. New series 1882-1937, 25 volumes. Third series 1980-1987, 13 volumes. Norwalk, Ohio: The Firelands Historical Society. All under Family History Library book 977.1 B2f. Original series film 1320962; new series films 1320968-69, 1320984, and 1321376; and third series film 1035999. This periodical is invaluable for north central counties in Ohio.
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. Ohio periodicals may be found in the FamilySearch Catalog with a Place and Subject search, as found here: Ohio-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.