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Overview[edit | edit source]

A periodical is a regularly published magazine, newsletter, or journal. Several valuable periodicals concerning Montana 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]

The major genealogical periodicals and magazines helpful for Montana research are:

  • Central Montana Wagon Trails 1979-. Published by the Lewistown Genealogy Society, 701 W. Main, Lewistown, Montana 59457-2501, Telephone 406-538-5212. FHL Book 978.6292 H25c; also FHL Fiche 6105092.
  • Treasure State Lines 1976-. Published by the Great Falls Genealogical Society, Paris Gibson Square, 1400 1st Ave. North, Great Falls, Montana 59401-3299, Telephone 406-727-3922. FHL book 978.6 B2t.
  • Trees and Trails 1976-. Published by the Flathead Valley Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 584, Kalispell, Montana 59903-0584. FHL book 978.6 D25f.
  • Tri-County Searcher 1980-. Published by the Broken Mountains Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 261, Chester, Montana 59522, Telephone 406-759-5445, Fax 406-759-5445. FHL Book 978.6 H25s.

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