This week, I’ve been focusing on use the PERSI search found on Findmypast.com. If you’ve been following along and making your list, you probably have quite a number of articles that you’d like to see! So how can you see these articles?
- If you live near Fort Wayne, Indiana, you can visit the Allen County Public Library and look up each article yourself. (If you decide to go this route, let me know and we can meet up!) The library has an entire wall of newsletters in addition to bound books of newsletters which you can find within the books from the county.
- You can order the articles from the library. The order form allows for up to 6 articles. The fee is $7.50 per order form plus 20 cents per page copied – to be billed to you. Let’s assume you want 6 articles and each one takes 1 page to copy (which may not be enough pages). $7.50 plus $1.20 for copies – $8.70. Not too bad. If you only want 1 article – $7.50 plus $0.20 = $8.70, so that might be a little steep for a one page (or 1 paragraph) article. And obviously, if your list is as long as my list…that’s going to run into some serious money!
If you happen to be lucky enough to see a camera icon after your article, that means that the article has been digitized and you can view it online. This does require having a subscription to Findmypast. What if you don’t currently have a subscription?
- See if your library has access to the library version of the site.
- If you have a small list of articles, you might be tempted to consider some PayAsYouGo credits to view the specific articles. 60 credits cost $10.95 and are good for 90 days. But note: a 1 month “Starter” subscription which includes seeing the digital articles, is only $9.95, so I’d definitely take that route over PayAsYouGo, especially if you only plan to use the site for PERSI.
- You can also use PayAsYouGo credits to see the “transcriptions” – which every article has. This site’s definition of “transcription” is different from mine. What you get is a page of article information such as Article Title, Periodical Name, Volume/Issue/Date, Call Number, Publisher, etc. If you don’t see a camera icon, you won’t see the actual article. I don’t believe that is worth the cost. The only information that I felt was worth noting in the transcription that wasn’t on the search results page was the call number – something that I can find from the library website.
If you do have a Findmypast account and an article has a camera icon, you can click on it to see the digital version of the periodical. From the image, there is a download option in the lower right corner, but it only downloads the page you are looking at. You will have to click through the periodical to reach the page that your article is found on and download each page individually.
What if you don’t see any camera icons and you can’t afford to travel to Fort Wayne or to order all of the articles? Then turn to WorldCat.org.
Enter the name of the publication or historical society in the search box. If you get a long list, add a check mark in the “Journal/Magazine” option on the left. Be sure to confirm that you are looking at the correct listing by checking the publisher.
Scroll down just a bit to the section titled “Find a copy in the library”. You might just get lucky and find that a library closer to you has a copy as well! Will they have every issue? That might be worth an email to double check before making a trip.
Good luck with your PERSI surfing!