What is PERSI? It's the Periodical Source Index created by ACPL to index surnames, locations, subjects and more from many genealogical and historical publications. PERSI is available to search through Heritage Quest Ancestry.com. Note that the index on Ancestry.com is not updated as often as the one on Heritage Quest. When you find an article that interests you, you can find the journal yourself or order a copy from ACPL for a fee. Since I live in Fort Wayne, I just go look up whatever I want and don't worry about the cost of finding irrelevant articles.
I had used PERSI before to search on surnames. For some reason I had never thought to look by place until I found a record for the surname BASCOM in a journal called "Hoosier Journal of Ancestry." I had never heard of this publication before and found that there were many other articles about Switzerland county inside. So I searched PERSI for my two counties of interest and found 114 results for Switzerland county and 67 for Ohio county.
The articles that I found include:
- Naturalization records
- Land records
- Court records
- Estate and will records
- Military records
- Births, Marriages, Deaths and Cemetery records
- Rosters for schools and societies
- And more!
I also need to make a list/binder for Dearborn county because Ohio county was formed in 1844 from Dearborn county. Many early Ohio county records will be found in Dearborn county.
One of the reasons that I decided to do this is because I was inspired by the videos of Bernie Gracy on Youtube from the Family History Expos. I see a lot of value in searching one location and seeing all that is happening there.
I'm hoping that this will be a great tool for me in my research. I probably won't worry about the marriage records that are in book form already. But it will be nice to have everything in one place instead of spread across hundreds of journals. If it works well, I will probably work on creating PERSI resource binders for my other major counties.
Have you used PERSI before? Have you made a great find using it? Leave a comment or send me an email genwishlist [at] gmail [dot] com.