Most family history periodicals reprint copies of local sources of genealogical value. These may include genealogies, information about local records and archives, queries, census indexes, and transcripts of family Bibles, church records, court records, cemetery records, land records, obituaries, and wills. The major genealogical periodicals and magazines helpful for Pennsylvania research are:
Keystone Kuzzins. 1972-. Published by the Erie Society for Genealogical Research, P.O. Box 1403, Erie, Pennsylvania 16512-1403. FHL book 974.899 B2k. This has a cumulative index to 1981.
Mennonite Family History. 1982-. Published by Mennonite Family History, 10 W. Main Street, P. O. Box 171, Elverson, Pennsylvania. 19520-0171. FHL book 970 F25m.
The Pennsylvania Dutchman. 8 vols. 1949-1957. FHL book 974.8 B2pf. This was continued by Pennsylvania Folklife 1958-. Published by Pennsylvania Dutch Folklore Center, P. O. Box 92, Collegeville, Pennsylvania 19426. FHL book 974.8 B2pf.
A partial index to these is Judith E. Fryer, 25 Year Index to Pennsylvania Folklife (Including The Pennsylvania Dutchman and The Dutchman), volumes 1-25, 1949-1976 (Collegeville, Pennsylvania.: Pennsylvania Folklife Society, 1980. FHL book 974.8 B2pf index.
Volumes 1-15 of this periodical were published as Publications of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania FHL book 974.8 B2p and on 10 films beginning with FHL film 1698098 item 2 (first of 10 films).
Proceedings are continued in Publications of the Pennsylvania German Society, 1968-. Published by the Pennsylvania German Society, P.O. 397, Birdsboro, Pennsylvania 19508. FHL book 974.8 B4pgp.
More information about Pennsylvania Germans, including earlier volumes of the Proceedings and Addresses and early books and periodicals, is indexed in Card Index to Pennsylvania Germans in the Magazines. See Pennsylvania Minorities.
The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography. 1877-. Published by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. FHL book 974.8 B2pm [includes index to vols. 1-75] and FHL film 1597675 (first of 24 films); The index to vols. 1-75 is on FHL film 924847 item 1. For online access, see WeRelate.
The Pennsylvania Traveler-Post (formerly Pennsylvania Ancestors and Their Descendants Today). 1964-. Published by Richard and Mildred Williams, P. O. Box 776, Newtown, Pennsylvania 18940. FHL book 974.8 B2pt
Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Quarterly. 1974-.
Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society
4338 Bigelow Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: (412) 681-5533
FHL book 974.8 B2wg and FHL films 1697797 items 7-8 and 2024354 items 1-7 Films do not circulate to Family History Centers.
Your Family Tree. 1948-1983.
Published by Floyd G. Hoenstine
414 Montgomery St.
P.O. Box 208
Hollidaysburg, PA 16648
FHL book 974.8 B2y
This emphasizes the genealogy and history of southwestern Pennsylvania.
Indexes. Most of the periodicals listed above have annual indexes in the final issue for the year. For nationwide indexes to Keystone Kuzzins, The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, The Pennsylvania Traveler-Post, Your Family Tree, and other family history periodicals, see:
PERiodical Source Index (PERSI). Ft. Wayne, Indiana: Allen County Public Library Foundation, 1987-. FHL book 973 D25per; FHL fiche 6016863 [set of 40](1847-1985); FHL fiche 6016864 [set of 15](1986-1990) Indexes thousands of English-language and French-Canadian family history periodicals. Annual indexes have been published yearly since 1986. For further details, see the Periodical Source Index Resource Guide (34119).
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