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Overview[edit | edit source]
A periodical is a regularly published magazine, newsletter, or journal. Several valuable periodicals concerning Sweden 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]
Several historical and genealogical societies publish periodicals focusing on the Swedish immigrants to North America. These are often published quarterly and may focus on the immigrants to a particular region or state. Also, many societies and organizations in Sweden publish genealogical periodicals in Swedish. Much of their content is devoted to compiled genealogies of native families. They also are an excellent place to publish queries or advertisements for a lost ancestor from Sweden. Some major periodicals are:
- The Swedish-American Historical Quarterly 1982-. Chicago, Illinois, USA: The Society. FHL book 973 B25sp.
- Swedish American Genealogist 1981-. Winter Park, Florida, USA: Swedish American Genealogist. Published by Nils William Olson, P.O. Box 2186, Winter Park, FL 32790. Published since 1991 by the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center, Augustana College, 639 38th St, Rock Island IL 61201-2296. FHL book 973 F25s.
- Släkt och hävd: tidskrift (Family and Tradition) 1950-. Stockholm, Sweden: Genealogiska Föreningen. FHL book 948.5 D25sh.
- Personhistorisk tidskrift (Journal of Personal History) 1900-. Stockholm, Sweden: P.A. Norstedt. FHL book 948.5 D25pt and films 254935-36, 1440261, 1440262. This periodical has been indexed for the years 1898 to 1956 on films 254961-66.
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. Sweden periodicals may be found in the FamilySearch Catalog with a Place and Subject search, as found here: Sweden-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.
Also see Sweden Societies.