Genealogical Periodicals: A Guide for Research
A revision, by Barbara B. Walsh, of a guide prepared in 1983 by
Judith P. Reid
Research Guide No. 24
Although genealogical periodicals
offer many sources of hidden information, they are often overlooked
by genealogists in searching for family history. One reason for
this is the time that may be required in searching through them
for a particular name. Certainly, the task can be quite daunting
if one scrutinizes the individual issues of each periodical.
Fortunately there are many indexes
available which can reduce a genealogist's search time. Most periodicals
have annual cumulative indexes that make it possible to review a
year's listings at one time. But even more helpful are the indexes
that bring together information from several periodicals and/or
cumulate listings for several years. Some of them index information
by subject, locality, and personal name in addition to family name.
Because they are valuable tools for research, consulting periodicals
and their indexes should be a part of every genealogist's search
strategy. This guide identifies the major genealogical periodicals
and indexes that are available in the Library of Congress Local
History and Genealogy Reading Room (LH&G).