What is PERSI? The Ancestry.com database description says:
"PERSI is the largest and most widely-used subject index covering genealogy and local history periodicals written in English and French (Canada). The collection dates from approximately 1800. There are currently over 1.7 million searchable records and nearly 6,000 different periodicals, which library staffers at the Allen County Public Library (in Ft. Wayne, Allen County, Indiana, U.S.A.) have been compiling for over a decade. PERSI is widely recognized as essential for high-quality genealogy research."
The Ancestry.com screen for the PERSI database looks like this:
The "Section" dropdown box lets the user select Surname, US Locality, Canada Locality, Foreign Locality, or Methodology. The user can input "Keyword" and/or "Surname" using the "Surname" Section. For the "U.S. Locality" section, the Search box changes to include Title Keywords, Record Type, US State and County.
I chose "Surname" and input "Seaver" in the Surname box. I clicked on Search and got 54 results:
I clicked on the third one down, titled "Edwin P. Seaver memoir, 1838-1917, MA" which is in Volume 51, the March 1918 issue, of the Massachusetts Historical Society Proceedings. I clicked on the periodical title and the holdings of this periodical at a repository appeared, with a link to a repository (I clicked on the link and the popup box with the repository address came up) as shown in the screen below:
The link was to the Allen County (IN) Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Going to the ACPL Genealogy web site, there is more information about PERSI and how to obtain the article(s) of interest:
The site provides a PDF form here for researchers to order up to six articles per form. The form looks like this::
The charge is $7.50 per form plus 20 cents per page copied, and it takes 6 to 8 weeks to receive the results. That is really pretty reasonable if the researcher does not have easy access to a major genealogy library that has the specific periodical.
State University (about 15 miles away) has some issues of this periodical, including Volume 51. The University of California San Diego in La Jolla (about 23 miles away) also has it. So I have a choice - toddle off to SDSU or UCSD some day and obtain it immediately, or send a form and a check to Allen County Public Library and wait awhile.