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This article originally appeared in Printed Sources: A Guide to Published Genealogical Records, edited by Kory L. Meyerink.


Educational courses and study programs can be supplemented by journal articles that present case studies, tips for instructors, and analyses of successful problem solving. Nationally circulated periodicals, such as Association of Professional Genealogists’ Quarterly; the FGS Forum (published by the Federation of Genealogical Societies); the National Genealogical Society Quarterly; the Genealogical Journal (published by the Utah Genealogical Association); and the New England Historical and Genealogical Register (published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society), often contain valuable and sophisticated how-to articles. In almost every issue of these periodicals, readers can find articles on methodology or on particular sources or record-keeping agencies.

To find articles in these and other periodicals, researchers can consult the Periodical Source Index (PERSI), published by the Allen County Public Library Foundation in Fort Wayne, Indiana (Fort Wayne, Ind., 1987). PERSI indexes more than two thousand genealogical and local history periodicals. Genealogy students may be interested in the listings under Research Methodology. Articles in PERSI include Research Tips for Revolutionary Ancestors, Secret Society Records, Using Maps in Research, and Path of Orphan Train Children. PERSI became available on CD-ROM from Ancestry in 1997.

Another index, Genealogical Periodical Annual Index (GPAI), compiled by Karen Ackermann and edited by Laird C. Towle, lists instructional articles under the general heading Methodology and under specific headings according to technical subject. Kip Sperry’s Index to Genealogical Periodical Literature, 1960-1977, also focuses on methodology articles.


Printed Sources: A Guide to Published Genealogical Records


Publication Information:

Introduction - By Kory L. Meyerink

Origin of InformationCategories of Research Sources and ToolsEvaluation of Printed SourcesDocumentation and CopyrightLearning What Printed Sources ExistPublishers and DistributorsRepositories of Printed SourcesEffective Use of Libraries and Archives

Chapter 1: General Reference - Martha L. Henderson

Unique Resources in Public LibrariesDewey Decimal Classification SystemReference SourcesEncyclopediasGeneral History SourcesSocial History SourcesAlmanacs, Chronologies, and Statistical SourcesUsing DirectoriesLocal DirectoriesPrinted Professional DirectoriesInstitutional DirectoriesDirectories of Groups and AssociationsSource GuidesGeneral Language DictionariesHistorical and Etymological DictionariesSlang DictionariesSubject DictionariesSurname DictionariesGovernment DocumentsUsing BibliographiesElectronic SourcesReferences for Printed Sources: Chapter 1

Chapter 2: Instructional Materials - Sandra Hargreaves Luebking

Introduction to Instructional MattersHow-To Guides and Manuals for AdultsHow-to Guides and Manuals for Young PeopleGenealogy Technologies and Refinement of SkillsCourses and Programs of StudyPeriodical ArticlesIdentifying and Obtaining Instructional MaterialsEvaluating Instructional MaterialsSelecting Textbooks for Classroom UseThe Future of Instructional MaterialsReferences for Printed Sources: Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Introduction to Geographic ToolsIntroduction to Maps and GazettersMapping of a New NationRoutes to the WestCanals and WaterwaysRailroadsPolitical MapsNineteenth-Century MapsUSGS Topographic MapsOrdering Topographic Map Names and NumbersOrdering Topographic MapsDigital Topographic MapsOut-of-Print Topographic MapsFact Sheets and General Interest PublicationsOther Types of USGS MapsNineteenth-Century National GazetteersTwentieth-Century National GazetteersPostal Guides and Shipping GuidesMaps, Gazetteers, and the ComputerFinding Geographic ToolsUsing Geographic ToolsReferences for Printed Sources: Chapter 3

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