PERSI - The Periodical Source Index

PERSI - The Periodical Source Index

The Periodical Source Index (PERSI) is your gateway to discovering amazing information about your family history. PERSI connects you to the material and journal records from the databases of over 8,000 genealogy and history societies from all over the world. See what you've been missing!

PERSI is available only on Findmypast

PERSI is available only on Findmypast
Imagine finding your family's crest in PERSI!

 

2.7 million entries

The Periodical Source Index enables you to easily locate key information about people and places. It contains over 2.7 million journal record entries from thousands of historical, genealogical and ethnic publications, making it an invaluable, comprehensive family history resource. For tips on searching PERSI like a pro, see our guide here.

PERSI provides a simple way to access articles, photos, and other material you might not find using traditional search methods. This can help to build the historical context around your personal research, and the world your ancestors lived in.

What you can find in PERSI

Articles fall under twenty-two different subject headings, or record types. These include biography, cemeteries, census records, church records, court records, deeds, institutions, land records, maps, military records, naturalization records, obituaries, passenger lists, probate records, school records, tax records, vital records, voter records, and wills. Articles about three or fewer specific families are arranged by surname.

PERSI is crucial in identifying research, records and transcriptions that might not be found in any other print or online source. It also is key to locating “orphan” data – information relating to locations distinct from the periodicals they appear in. For an overview of five things you might find in PERSI, click here

Worldwide coverage

The majority of PERSI's articles are from periodicals that cover the United States and Canada, but you can also find thousands of genealogy and local history entries (in both English and French) from the U.K., Ireland and Australia

 

 

 

Only on Findmypast

The Periodical Source Index can only be found on Findmypast. You can find more information about PERSI and the research opportunities it contains here

PERSI 101

PERSI 101

What exactly is the Periodical Source Index and how can you use it to grow your family tree? Start here if you're not familiar with this potent resource.

5 things you can find in PERSI

5 things you can find in PERSI

Genealogy periodicals offer a wide variety of resources for the family historian. From transcriptions of rare record sets to expert genealogy tips, there's no doubt something valuable awaits.

Tips & Tricks for searching PERSI

Tips & Tricks for searching PERSI

In order to get the most out of PERSI, you'll want to read our tips and tricks. Searching it is a little different than other resources, but it only take a few tips to get the hang of it.

Our PERSI Partners

Our PERSI Partners