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PERSI Finds New Home on findmypast

19 July, 2013


Partnership with the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center adds 2.5 million records dating back to 1800, an international leader in online family history, today announced a partnership with the Allen County Public Library (ACPL) Genealogy Center to revolutionize the PERiodical Source Index (PERSI), the world’s largest and most widely used subject index for genealogy and local history literature. As part of the partnership, is enhancing PERSI, most notably by linking thousands of individual genealogical periodicals and resources to the index, allowing the original content to be accessed and connected digitally for the first time in the history of PERSI.

During the past 30 years, the ACPL Genealogy Center has created more than 2.5 million searchable records in PERSI, indexing every article from more than 8,000 different periodicals, including magazines, newsletters and journals, according to location, topic, surname, ethnicity and methodology. In the coming months, will launch the most complete version of PERSI online. Once launched, will work in tandem with the Genealogy Center to provide frequent updates to the collection as new entries are added.

PERSI has become an essential tool in helping genealogists and family historians locate valuable information, and this new partnership with will transform PERSI into an even more powerful resource. subscribers will be able to search and view digitized images of the articles, allowing unprecedented access to the information contained in these periodicals.

“We are proud to partner with The Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public Library to continue indexing and offering PERSI – an essential tool for genealogical research,” said D. Joshua Taylor, lead genealogist for “This is an ideal partnership given’s expertise in digitizing records and Allen County Public Library’s continual dedication to adding new records to the index. We look forward to working together to once again revolutionize the way genealogy and local history literature is accessed.”

“Partnering with represents an exciting opportunity to grow PERSI into an extremely relevant twenty-first century discovery tool for genealogists worldwide,” said Curt Witcher, ACPL Genealogy Center manager. “Having the ability to provide much more frequent updates and link index entries to serial issues is a real game-changer, not only for genealogists and local historians but also for the librarians and archivists who serve them.”

The future of online search through this partnership aligns with’s Society Data Initiative, a joint project between the Federation of Genealogical Societies and to preserve, digitize and provide access to the rich resources created by family history, genealogical and historical societies over many decades.

PERSI, and each periodical to be linked over time, will be available across all international findmypast sites, to personal subscribers and library users.’s expertise at digitizing historical records and uniting communities provides the tools to help people connect with their past.

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About The Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center

The ACPL Genealogy Center is a unique and valuable family history resource in serving both the Northeast Indiana and global genealogical communities.  With one of the largest research collections available, the ACPL Genealogy Center incorporates records from around the world. The Genealogy Center is active in several initiatives to make significant public domain portions of its collection available online. Its professional staff provides a wide range of programs and individualized reference services.

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  • M. Diane Rogers

    Glad to learn more about a refresher for PERSI. (Had thought we’d hear about this at Rootstech.)
    As a genealogical society Editor, I look forward to hearing directly from FMP / ACPL about advantages/possibilities for us. Contacting and working out agreements with societies and individual authors will surely take some time.

    • findmypast us

      Please free to contact us directly to answer your questions. If is quite a bit of work but this has been in the making for a while now. Happy to do the hard work so the societies get what they deserve for the records they’ve worked to preserve. If you have more thoughts, feel free to contact

      The team

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  • Michael Hait, CG(sm)

    If I am reading this announcement correctly, FMP will be providing images of the genealogical society publications directly from PERSI. Will FMP also be contacting the thousands of authors who still hold the copyright to the articles they wrote? If images will only be provided to out-of-copyright material, how will FMP determine whether or not the authors have renewed the copyright on their articles independently from the publications? While it would be extremely worthwhile if accomplished, it seems very nearly impossible. I have spoken with numerous genealogical societies over the years who have been unable to digitize their publications because they could not locate the authors of articles in older issues.