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The Periodical Source Index, or PERSI, is the largest and most widely used index of articles from genealogy and local history periodical articles in the world. PERSI began as a project of the Allen County Public Library in Ft Wayne, Indiana. Under the direction of Michael Clegg, their lofty goal was to gather all genealogical periodicals, both past and present, and index their contents. This growing database has become the largest dataset of its kind, and is renowned as a key to superior genealogical research.
PERSI is a comprehensive subject index of periodical articles on genealogy and local history written in English and French (Canadian entries) since 1800. The collection also includes literature dating from the 1700s, although the collection before 1800 is less complete. PERSI is a work in progress. In the current May 2000 release, Allen County Public Library added more than 400,000 citations, bringing the total number of fully searchable records to more than 1.5 million. The index catalogs almost 5,500 different periodicals, listing every article according to locality, family (surname), and/or research method.

Pursuent to the following email I received last week, these files have been removed.

-----Original Message-----
From: Michael B. Clegg [mailto:mclegg@acpl.lib.in.us]
Sent: Thursday, May 24, 2001 8:35 AM
To: trice@vci.net
Subject: PERSI copyright violation
Importance: High

Please be advised that your site has taken substantial copyrighted
material from the PERiodical Source Index data set and published it on
your KyGen Web page. The Allen County Public Library is the copyright
holder of this data set. I am Michael Clegg the editor of the data set
and employee of the Allen County Public Library. We deem this to be a
violation of our copyright and ask that you cease and desist from
publishing this material in any form immediately. Please contact me by
telephone to discuss this matter further.

Michael Clegg
Editor and PERSI Coordinator

219-421-1301 (w) 8a-5p (CST) in the summer, (EST) in the winter

You may search PERSI at your local library and print out the same files that I previously had here. Sorry for the inconvenience.  


Last Update:
Monday, 28-May-2001 08:16:43 MDT

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