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Overview[edit | edit source]
A periodical is a regularly published magazine, newsletter, or journal. Several valuable periodicals concerning Texas 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 periodicals and magazines helpful for Texas research are:
- Footprints 1968—. Published by the Fort Worth Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 9767, Ft. Worth, TX 76147-2767. FHL book 976.4 B2fa and FHL films 1425706-07, vols. 11-26.
- Heart of Texas Records 1958-. Formerly the Central Texas Genealogical Society Bulletin. Published by the Central Texas Genealogical Society, 1717 Austin Avenue, Waco, TX 76701. FHL book 976.4 B2c.
- Our Heritage 1959—. Published by the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society, P.O. Box 17461, San Antonio, TX 78217-0461. FHL Book 976.4 B2o.
- The Roadrunner 1974-1991. Published by the Chaparral Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 606, Tomball, TX 77375-0606. FHL book 976.4 B2ro.
- Stalkin' Kin 1973—. Published by the San Angelo Genealogical and Historical Society, P.O. Box 3453, San Angelo, TX 76902. FHL book 976.4 B2sk.
- Stirpes 1961—. Published by the Texas State Genealogical Society, 18 W Shaker Ct, The Woodlands, TX 77380. FHL book 976.4 B2st.
- Yellowed Pages 1971—. Published by the Southeast Texas Genealogical and Historical Society, P.O. Box 3827, Beaumont, TX 77704-3827. FHL book 976.4 B2y.
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. Texas periodicals may be found in the FamilySearch Catalog with a Place and Subject search, as found here: Texas-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.