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Overview[edit | edit source]

A periodical is a regularly published magazine, newsletter, or journal. Several valuable periodicals concerning Virginia 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 periodicals helpful for Virginia research area:

  • The Huguenot 1924-. Published by the Huguenot Society of the Founders of Manakin in the Colony of Virginia, Inc., 981 Huguenot Trail, Midlothian, Virginia 23113, Telephone: 804-794-5702. FHL book 975.5 B2hm. Indexed in Master Index to The Huguenot Bryan, Texas: Family History Foundation, 1986, FHL book 975.5 B2hm index and FHL Collection.
  • Magazine of Virginia Genealogy 1963-. Formerly Quarterly of the Virginia Genealogical Society. 1963-. Published by the Virginia Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 7469, Richmond, Virginia 23221. FHL book 975.5 B2vs. Vols. 1 to 40 digitized by Ancestry ($).
  • Sons of the Revolution in the State of Virginia Quarterly Magazine 1922-1932. Volumes 1-10. Published by the Sons of the Revolution in the State of Virginia. FHL book 975.5 B2s; also on FHL fiche 6048982-91. Indexed in Kathryn Barclay, Index to Sons of the Revolution in the State of Virginia Quarterly Magazine 1984. Norfolk, Virginia: Norfolk Genealogical Society. FHL Book 975.5 B2s index. Includes Part II: Slaves and Free Men of Color.
  • The Southside Virginian 1982-. Published by Lyndon H. Hart and J. Christian Kolbe, P.O. Box 118, Richmond, Virginia 23201. FHL book 975.5 D25s; online at Internet Archive - free.
  • The Southwest Virginian 1978-1984. Published by Rhonda Roberson and Nancy Clark Baker. Wise, Virginia. FHL book 975.57 D25s.
  • Tyler's Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine 1919-52. Published by Mrs. Lyon G. Tyler. FHL book 973 B2t; some volumes are on microfilm. This is indexed through 1929 in Swem's Virginia Historical Index. Compiled alphabetical reprints are cited in the “Genealogy” section.
  • Virginia Appalachian Notes 1977-2014. Published by the Southwestern Virginia Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 12485, Roanoke, Virginia 24026. 975.5 D25v. Available online at Roanoke Public Library - free.
  • The Virginia Genealogist 1957-. Published by John Frederick Dorman, P.O. Box 4883, Washington, DC 20008. 975.5 B2vg. There are cumulative indexes for volumes 1-20, 21-35, and 36-50 in book form and on compact disc. Digitized by American Ancestors ($).
  • Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 1894-. Published by the Virginia Historical Society, P.O. Box 7311, Richmond, Virginia 23221. FHL Book 975.5 B2v; some early volumes on microfilm beginning with film 833381. Indexed to 1930 through Swem's Virginia Historical Index. Compiled alphabetical reprints are cited in the “Genealogy” section.
  • The William and Mary Quarterly 1892-. Formerly William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine. Published by the Institute of Early American History and Culture, P.O. Box 220, Williamsburg, Virginia 23187. This has been published in three series: first series (1892-1920), second series (1921-1943), and third series (1944-present). FHL book 973 H25w; first series to volume 27 [1919] and second series to volume 23 [1943] on Family History Library films FHL films 001254-74. The first series and the second series through 1930 are indexed in Swem's Virginia Historical Index. Compiled alphabetical reprints are cited in the “Genealogy” section.

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