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Uncover Your Family’s Story Using the Genealogy Center’s Online Catalog and PERSI

November 5 @ 11:00 am - 2:30 pm

This is our joint program with the Detroit Society for Genealogical Research (DSGR).

Recently made free to the public, the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) is the premier subject index for genealogy and local history periodicals and is produced by the staff of The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library. Join Genealogy Center senior librarian Elizabeth Hodges as she presents via Zoom, to learn how to make PERSI and the Genealogy Center’s online catalog your new favorite tools in your family history toolbox!

Elizabeth Hodges, Genealogy Librarian

Elizabeth Hodges, a Louisiana native, is a historian, educator, and genealogist. She received her Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. While pursuing her Master’s in Irish and Irish American Studies at the New York University, she became an educator at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York City. Elizabeth’s love and fascination with genealogy and family history grew exponentially through sharing the stories of immigrants, migrants, and refugees who once resided in a historic tenement in lower Manhattan with visitors. Upon graduating from New York University, she began working for the New York Public Library in the Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division as a page while pursuing her Master of Science in Library and Information Science from St. John’s University in New York.

Elizabeth first began researching her own genealogy at the age of eighteen, and since then she has focused on tracing her ancestors’ journeys within southwest Louisiana, New York, Ireland, England, and beyond. While her specialties and interests lie in Irish migration/immigration, New York genealogy, the experiences of immigrant women, archival management, and Louisiana genealogy and local history, she is always eager to learn and explore other aspects of genealogy research.

We hope for a hybrid meeting, but the meeting may be virtual only, depending on restrictions. Please check back a week before the meeting for information regarding location and registration for the virtual presentation.


November 5
11:00 am - 2:30 pm




Oakland County Genealogical Society
Detroit Society for Genealogical Research