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Overview[edit | edit source]

A periodical is a regularly published magazine, newsletter, or journal. Several valuable periodicals concerning Indiana 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 for Indiana research are listed below. Many of them have indexes that are either published separately or that are included in each volume.

  • The Hoosier Genealogist: Connections 1961-. Published by the Genealogy Section, Indiana Historical Society, 315 W. Ohio Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202. FHL Book 977.2 B2h. This contains abstracts of such things as Bible, marriage, probate, land, and tax records for the state of Indiana. It is indexed for 1961 to 1983 by:
  • The Hoosier Journal of Ancestry 1969-. Published by N.K. Sexton, P.O. Box 33, Little York, Indiana 47139. FHL Book 977.2 B2hj. This includes abstracts or transcripts of marriage, cemetery, Bible, census, probate, and Civil War veterans records and family genealogies. Each volume is indexed. Some years are also indexed in:
  • Indiana Genealogical Society Newsletter Fort Wayne, Indiana: Indiana Genealogical Society, 1989–. FHL Book 977.2 D25i. This has queries from members of the Indiana Genealogical Society. The queries mention the name of the ancestor, the spouse, and often contain birth, marriage, and death information, as well as the name and address of the submitter.
  • Indiana Genealogist 1990-. Published by the Indiana Genealogical Society, P. O. Box 10507, Ft. Wayne, Indiana FHL book 977.2 D25ig. This includes how-to articles about Indiana research and abstracts of various kinds of records.
  • Indiana Magazine of History 1905-. Bloomington, Indiana: Department of History, Indiana University. FHL Book 977.2 B2im; vols. 2–46 on 15 Family History Library films starting with FHL Films 873892. Articles are about Indiana history and records, including newspapers, schools, churches, politics, businesses, and people. There are three sets of indexes. Each set of indexes lists names not found in the others:

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. Indiana periodicals may be found in the FamilySearch Catalog with a Place and Subject search, as found here: Indiana-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.