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A periodical is a regularly published magazine, newsletter, or journal. Several valuable periodicals concerning Germany 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 historical and genealogical societies publish periodicals focusing on German immigrants to North America. These periodicals are often published quarterly and may focus on the immigrants to a particular region or state. Some examples are listed below:

  • German American Genealogy 1988-. Published by The Immigrant Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 7369, Burbank, California, 91510-7369, USA. FHL book 973 F25ga.
  • The German Connection 1976-. Published by the German Research Association, P.O. Box 711600, San Diego, California, 92171-1600, USA. FHL book 943 D25gc.
  • German Genealogical Digest 1985-2004. Published by Salt Lake City, Utah : Jensen Publications. FHL book 943 B2g.
  • Journal : American Historical Society of Germans from Russia 1978-. Published by the AHSGR, 631 D St., Lincoln, Nebraska, USA 68502-1199, USA. FHL book 973 B2aht.
  • Palatine Patter: The Newsletter of Palatines to America 1975-. Published by Palatines to America, Capital University Box 101, Columbus, Ohio, USA 432092394, USA. FHL book 973 D25pa.

Many societies and organizations in Germany publish genealogical periodicals. These are in German. Much of their content is devoted to compiled genealogies of native families. They are also an excellent place to publish queries or advertisements for a lost ancestor from Germany.

  • Archiv für Sippenforschung (Archive for ancestral research) 1941-. Published by Postfach 1310, 65533 Limburg/Lahn, GERMANY. FHL book 943 B2as.
  • Praktische Forschungshilfe (Practical research help) 1924-. Published by Görlitz, Germany : C.A. Starke. FHL book 943 B2pf. This is an insert in Archiv für Sippenforschung.
  • Genealogie: Deutsche Zeitschrift für Familienkunde 1952-. Published by Neustadt (a. Aisch), Germany : Verlag Degener & Co., Göttingen, Germany : Reise. FHL book 943 B2gf.
  • Der Schlüssel : Gesamtinhaltsverzeichnisse mit Ortsquellennachweisen für genealogische, heraldische und historische Zeitschriftenreihen 1950-1986. Published by Göttingen, Germany: Heinz Reise Verlag. FHL book 943 D25sc. This source indexes 68,660 article and book titles. About half of each volume is a numbered bibliography of periodical articles and genealogical books. Each bibliography entry gives the issue and page number of the article. The second half of each Schlüssel volume contains a place, subject, and surname index of that volume's bibliography. It is easy to quickly browse each volume's surname index for the surname you seek. Volumes 7, 8, and 9 each summarize the years and major periodicals covered in previous volumes.
  • Familiengeschichtliche Quellen: Zeitschrift familiengeschichtlicher Quellennachweise 1926-. 17 Volumes. Published by Neustadt/Aisch, Germany: Degener. FHL book 943 B2fq; also on FHL film 496680-82 and fiche 6000817. This index totals over 6,400 pages, citing over 2,300 sources and listing over 2.5 million surname citations. The first few pages of each volume are a numbered bibliography of genealogy periodicals and books. Most of each volume is a separate index of surnames cited in the sources at the beginning. You will need to check each volume's surname index for the surname you seek.

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 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. Germany periodicals may be found in the FamilySearch Catalog with a Place and Subject search, as found here: Germany-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 FamilySearch Catalog on our Wiki pages.