Ontario Periodicals

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Overview[edit | edit source]

A periodical is a regularly published magazine, newsletter, or journal. Several valuable periodicals concerning Ontario 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 periodicals and magazines helpful for research in Ontario include:

  • The Canadian Genealogist 1979-88. Ten Volumes. Published by Generation Press, 172 King Henry's Boulevard, Agincourt, Ontario, CANADA M1T 2V6. Family History Library book 971 D25cg; not available on microfilm. This periodical is focused on research in Ontario sources than other provinces.
  • Families 1963-. Published by the Ontario Genealogical Society, 202-2100 Steeles Ave W, Concord, Ontario, CANADA L4K 2V1. Family History Library book 971.3 B2f; not available on microfilm. This well-edited journal focuses on research in Ontario sources, but it sometimes includes articles on research in other provinces and in national sources.
  • Ontario History 1899-. Formerly Ontario Historical Society Papers and Records. Published by the Ontario Historical Society, 34 Parkview Avenue, Willowdale, Ontario, CANADA, M2N 3Y2. Family History Library book 971.3 B2o; some volumes on films 105405 and 1415255-1415257. Cumulative indexes by author and subject. Includes genealogies, history, immigration, land records, and Loyalists.
  • The Ontario Register 1968-. Published by Hunterdon House, 38 Swan Street, Lambertville, New Jersey 08530 USA. Family History Library book 971.3 B2or; v. 3 on film 908001 items 3-4. Irregular publication. Transcripts of births, marriages, deaths, notices, petitions, and lists in the 1800s. Each volume includes an index of persons and places.
  • Ottawa Branch News 1971-. Published by the Ottawa Branch, OGS, P.O. Box 8346, Ottawa, Ontario CANADA K1G 3H8. Family History Library book 971.384 D25o; not available on microfilm.

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. Ontario periodicals may be found in the FamilySearch Catalog with a Place and Subject search, as found here: Ontario-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 Introduction to the FamilySearch Catalog on our Wiki pages.