Friday 2 February 2018

County Louth title among latest additions to PERSI
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County Louth Archaelogical Society Journal
Among FindMyPast's latest additions to its database is new content on PERSI: the PERiodical Source Index.

In total, the Index has been topped up with more than 73,000 new images and more than 10,000 new articles from six journals. For Irish genealogy reserachers the most interesting of these journals is likely to be the County Louth Archaeological Society Journal. (Just for the record, the other top-ups are for these titles: California Historical Society Quarterly, American Monthly Magazine, Catholic Record Society Publications, Herts Genealogist and Antiquary, and The Index Library.)

PERSI contains about 2.5million entries from thousands of historical, genealogical and ethnic publications, making it an invaluable family history resource. It is updated quarterly, as far as I'm aware, and helps family historians and other researchers to discover articles, photos, and other material not readily found using traditional search methods.

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.

There is advice on the FindMyPast site (here) for locating or obtaining copies of the journals or specific articles.