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Genealogy Editors & Writers


Genealogy Editors & Writers

A group for editors & writers of published genealogical materials i.e. society journals, periodicals, newsletters etc.

Members: 37
Latest Activity: Oct 28, 2020

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Introduce yourself - What's your publication?

Started by Keith Bage. Last reply by Karen Rhodes Aug 17, 2009. 10 Replies

Contributor style guides

Started by Keith Bage Jul 18, 2009. 0 Replies

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Comment by M. Diane Rogers on December 13, 2012 at 2:09am

Hi, Marianne, Dallas GS has also now another journal which pays authors, is that right? Are you able to get enough advertising to pay for this?

Comment by Marianne Szabo on December 10, 2012 at 10:50am

I am the Director of Publication Content for The Dallas Genealogical Society in Dallas, TX.  We did a Writers Contest this year, for the first time offering paid awards for the top 3 papers.  We believe we are the only society to offer paid awards.  Entrants did not have to be members of DGS, and could be professionals or hobbyists.  We received almost 20 entries, and the quality was very impressive.

Comment by Family Griot on September 13, 2010 at 2:20pm
I am just a family historian/genealogist who wants to publish the story (the real one) of my maternal families. I would like to do this as a hard copy family journal.
Comment by M. Diane Rogers on July 22, 2009 at 6:15pm
I'm the Editor of The British Columbia Genealogist, the British Columbia (Canada) Genealogical Society's quarterly journal and an e-newsletter, "The Offspring".
We have a members' contest each year for the 'most improved' genealogist. These entries are published, usually in our March issue.
Last year, for our province's 150th anniversary we published 2 issues with a British Columbia theme. We had only planned on one but had lots of material submitted. We promoted it as much as possible, mind you and we got a government grant which paid the cost. Good experience all round.
This December's issue will have a 'sports' theme - to honour the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympics to be held here.
Comment by Keith Bage on July 18, 2009 at 10:04am
Regarding article contributions... It's so difficult, not only to keep a steady stream of articles coming in but to get a good balance of material. I am fortunate enough that during my time as Editor I've had enough to keep me going. Of course if you are able to build a little bit of a backlog you will really feel far more comfortable when putting the next issue together. This brings it's own problems of disappointing contributors when they don't see their article appearing in the "next" issue though.

I suggest also that you actively seek articles. Think about topics that you would like to see covered and approach people who you feel would be able to contribute an article on this topic. I have recently built up a matrix of topics of interest to my readership and mapped all existing articles from past issues to this matrix, this helps me focus on the topics which have not been covered.
Comment by Sheri Fenley on July 16, 2009 at 4:55pm
I am the editor for the newsletter for the San Joaquin Genealogical Society here in Stockton, California. I struggle with each issue for member participation. Newsletter may be on the way out if I don't get some help soon!
Comment by Corey Oiesen on July 16, 2009 at 11:24am
I am a high tech ghost-writer with aspirations of writing for genealogy someday. I look forward to your insight.
Comment by Paula Hinkel on July 16, 2009 at 11:12am
The Southern California Genealogical Society has developed an innovative way to develop content for its quarterly journal, The Searcher.

SCGS sponsors one of the few writing contests designed specifically for family history writers. Contest participants do not need to be members of SCGS. In its tenth year, the GENEii Family History Writers Contest awards cash prizes to the winner. Submissions are printed in The Searcher and on the SCGS website. Several contest entries were compiled and published in "Celebrating Family History, an anthology published by Genealogical Publishing Company. Details can be found at Look on the left-hand side of the screen for the "Writing Contest" link.
Comment by Linda and Tony Knight on July 14, 2009 at 1:17am
Hi Eve - I think its a problem all Journal Editors have (getting contributions - not spelling ;-) ). Sometimes I seem to really struggle and at others I am over-run with material!
Comment by eve mclaughlin on July 13, 2009 at 3:54pm
and if I ever bothered to spell check e-mails, I would have written genealogical

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