PERSI is a Wonderful Tool
by Lorine McGinnis Schulze
PERSI (PERiodical Source Index) is a wonderful tool. Here is how to use it
First, find what articles are published on the surname you
are seeking. Many large libraries have the index, but if yours doesn't, you can purchase the CD ROM version, or consult the online PERSI Index at at Ancestry.com at
Periodical Source Index (PERSI)
I used Ancestry.com's online subscription database and typed in BOELEN in
NEW YORK. I got 3 'hits' on the PERSI index. There is also a PERSI CD you can use, or your local library may have a copy.
Copy the information -- either by printing the page or
writing it out, EXACTLY as you see it.
For BOELEN in New York one of the hits I got was for "Boelen Arms"
in the NYGBR (New York Genealogical & Biographical Record)
Vol. 67, Issue 4, Oct. 1926. I will need all that information to
order the article.
Now I go to the online PERSI order form at
Print this page.
Fill it out with as many as SIX articles of your choice (I had 3
hits on Boelen so could fill it out for all 3)
Be sure to put all the info required (which you carefully
printed or copied from wherever you
Based on my one hit listed above, I have to fill out the
form as follows:
- Title of article = Boelen Arms
- Title of
Journal = New York Genealogical & Biographical Record
- Vol. =
- No. = 4
- Mon. = Oct
- Yr. = 1936
Put your name and address on the form where indicated,
include your $7.50 and send the form and cheque off to the
When the Allen County Public Library Foundation has
photocopied all the pages, they will bill you for them at
20 cents per page.
It's one of the best deals around :-)
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