The major periodicals and magazines helpful for Massachusetts research are:
The American Genealogist (formerly: Families of Ancient New Haven). 1923-. Published by David L. Greene, P.O. Box 398, Demorest, Georgia 30535–0398. (Family History Library book 973 D25aga; some volumes are on films, beginning withfilm 1425624.)
Essex Antiquarian. 13 Volumes. 1897-1909. Published by the Essex Antiquarian, Salem, Massachusetts. (Family History Library book 974.45 B2a; Volumes. 1-4 on films 599729-3.) This source has information on families of Essex County, mostly Salem and some Lynn. This periodical is available online and a subscription is required.
The Mayflower Descendant. 1899-1937, 1985-. Published by the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, 376 Boylston St., Boston, Massachusetts 02116, Telephone: 617–266–1624. (Family History Library book 974.4 D25md; vols. 1–34 are on films, beginning with film 01250.) Issues are devoted to information on Mayflower descendants, with genealogical history, places, and dates.
The Mayflower Quarterly. 1935-. Published by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, P.O. Box 3297, Plymouth, Massachusetts 02361. Telephone: 508–746–3188. (Family History Library book 973 D25mq;.)
The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. 1847-. Published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society. (Family History Library book 974 B2ne; compact disc 33 pt. 1–9; some volumes on film.) This has a cumulative index to 1995. Includes genealogies, vital record extracts, church records, local genealogical histories, and New England source material. Issues through 2003 are available online at http://www.americanancestors.org/Search.aspx?Re=new+england+historical+and+genealogical+register&db=202&Run=1
A subscription is required.
For nationwide indexes to some of these and other family history periodicals, see:
PERiodical Source Index Resource Guide (PERSI). Ft. Wayne, Indiana: Allen County Public Library Foundation, 1987-. (Family History Library book 973 D25per; fiche 6016863 [set of 40](1847-1985); fiche 6016864 [set of 15](1986-1990).) Indexes thousands of family history periodicals. Annual indexes have been published yearly since 1986. For further details see the PERiodical Source Index Guide.
For more family history periodicals, study the Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:
MASSACHUSETTS - PERIODICALS
MASSACHUSETTS - GENEALOGY - PERIODICALS
MASSACHUSETTS, [COUNTY] - PERIODICALSMASSACHUSETTS, [COUNTY] - GENEALOGY - PERIODICALS