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* Finding previous research with periodicals

Genealogical and historical periodicals are also good places to check for previous research about your family. However, the problem lies in locating a periodical that contains information about your family. There are hundreds of genealogical periodicals, ranging from the local to the national level, and no library subscribes to them all. In addition, many of them don't have indexes.

To find genealogical periodicals that may be relevant to your search, contact libraries and historical and genealogical societies. Check with several sources because they all subscribe to a different group of periodicals. The New York Public Library and the Family History Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have some of the largest collections of periodicals. You should also contact genealogical societies in the area where you are doing your research. They may have a publication or may know of other periodicals that have previously published genealogical information about the area.

You can also use indexes to find an appropriate periodical. For example, there is the Genealogical Periodical Annual Index: Key to Genealogical Literature, by Leslie K. Towle. Volumes are available for the years 1963 to 1991. Check with libraries and genealogy societies in the area -- they may know if any indexes exist for the periodicals related to that area.

When looking for periodicals, many people use computerized periodical indexes to help them find the periodical that they need. Some libraries have computerized periodical indexes and you can also purchase selected computerized indexes on CD-ROM from Broderbund Software, Inc.

Some publications are geared towards a particular surname, so they may be able to provide you with the information that you are looking for. You can also find previous research through periodicals by taking out ads in them. By inquiring whether any of the other readers are researching your line, you may find someone who has information that you can add to your tree, and vice versa. The best publications to take out these sort of ads in are publications about the area where your ancestors lived, whether it's at the state or local level. For the names of these local publications, it's best to contact the genealogical society in that area.

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