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Overview[edit | edit source]
A periodical is a regularly published magazine, newsletter, or journal. Several valuable periodicals concerning Poland 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]
Copies of periodicals are available from the local societies that publish them. Archives with major genealogical collections will have copies of many periodicals, particularly those representing the area they serve.
- Galicia: The Galician Genealogical Magazine 1996-. Published by Wroclaw: Alleum. FHL book 943.86 D25gg.
- The Galitzianer 1993-. Published by Chevy Chase, Maryland: Gesher Galicia. FHL book 943.86 F25g. Information on Jews from Galicia, Austria (now part of Poland and Ukraine).
- Galitzien German Descendants 1995-. Published by Kent, Washington: Galizien German Descendants. FHL book 943.86 D25g. Dedicated to family history research of German descendants from Galicia. Includes how-to articles on doing genealogical research in Galicia.
- Newsletter of the Federation of Eastern European Family History Societies Published by FEEFHS. FHL book 940 C4f.
- The Polish Eaglet 1995-. Published by Detroit, Michigan: Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan. FHL book 977.4 D25p. Called The Eaglet 1981–95.
- Pathways and Passages 1984-. Published by New Britain, Connecticut: Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut. FHL book 974.6 F25p.
- Rodziny: The Journal of the Polish Genealogical Society of America Previously called Polish Genealogical Society Newsletter 1992-. Published by Chicago, Illinois: Polish Genealogical Society. FHL book 943.8 D25p.
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 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. Poland periodicals may be found in the FamilySearch Catalog with a Place and Subject search, as found here: Poland-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.
See also the “Societies” section in this outline.