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Genealogist is the quarterly educational journal of the Minnesota Genealogical
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invites members and readers to submit articles for publication. Submit articles
Please read Writers' Guidelines below before submitting your article.
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Minnesota Genealogical Society invites you to submit research articles, essays
and reviews for publication in Minnesota Genealogist.
Genealogist welcomes a variety of kinds of articles:
Research reports - articles reporting findings of genealogical research,
with documented sources. We especially invite articles about families with Upper
Midwest connections, but welcome well-researched articles with other geographic
focuses. Preferred length: 2,000-4,000 words.
articles - articles that state a genealogical problem and show the techniques
used to solve the problem. These articles should describe a researcher's path
of discovery, including what the researcher knew at the outset, how one piece
of information led to another, and how a conclusion was drawn. Preferred length:
1,000 to 3,000 words.
history memoirs - articles about Minnesota ancestors who have interesting
history heritage travel stories -- articles describing trips to ancestral
sites; stories should include advice on planning a trip, how to find ancestral
sites, and how to use travel to advance genealogical research; preferred length:
500 to 1,500 words.
essays - articles giving a writer's unique viewpoints on topics related to
family history and genealogy. Preferred length: 500-2,000 words.
source guides describing how to find new or under-utilized genealogical sources;
preferred length: 500 to 1,500 words.
and software reviews describing software programs for research, writing, image
management and other genealogical activities; preferred length: 500 to 1,500 words.
reviews summarizing and evaluating books of interest to genealogists and family
historians; preferred length: 300 to 750 words.
digital files via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please follow the instructions below.
Read all instructions before submitting your article.
Write your article using a word-processing program that produces files usable
in Microsoft Word. Files in .doc or .docx format are preferred. Please use a descriptive
file name such as "yourlastname Grandpa Henry 4July2011." (article by
yourlastname titled Grandpa Henry submitted 4 July 2011).
3. At the front of
your article, give your full name, postal address, phone number and email address,
as well as a short biographical statement (50-75 words).
4. Use single line-spacing;
double-space between paragraphs.
5. Do not indent first-line of paragraphs
or use any special line formatting such as "hanging indents."
Do not right-justify text.
7. Avoid unnecessary formatting (such as boldface
and multiple fonts); the editors will determine the format of your article.
Use bolded section headings or paragraph headings to help the reader follow the
flow of your article.
9. Use footnotes or endnotes to cite sources for statements
of facts that are not general knowledge or to attribute ideas or information from
other sources. In Word, use "insert reference" to automatically create
and number notes (this will create a new note number for every citation). Use
consecutively number notes. Use only one endnote or footnote for each documented
10. Do not use superscripted source numbers linked to a numbered source
list at the end of the article.
11. Please submit images, tables or maps in
separate files; give each file a descriptive file name such as "yourlastname
image1." Unless asked, do not send paper copies of articles or photographs.
Append a list of photos or other images with proposed captions at the end of the
do not expect our authors to be professional writers; our editors are here to
help, with the goal of making you look good to your readers. We do not expect
you to have a style manual or Evidence Explained at your finger tips, but
we do urge you to keep a dictionary handy. Do not let fear of making a mistake
keep you from writing; if you have a good story, we will help you fix the grammar
writer should use a writing style with which he or she is comfortable. Research
reports, problem-solving articles, and reviews require a more formal, more technical
style of writing, usually in third person voice. Memoirs, personal essays and
travel stories may be more casual, or even conversational, and may be written
in first person voice.
Genealogist uses the most recent edition of the Chicago Manual of Style,
16th Edition, as the arbiter on most matters of punctuation, grammar and usage.
Writers are not expected to be familiar with the hundreds of topics covered by
CMOS - the editors will help get your article in shape for publication. However,
writers are encouraged to make use of the following tips for good writing.
Spell-check your document; consult a recent dictionary when in doubt. Do not expect
the editor to correct your spelling.
Refer to Elizabeth Shown Mills, Evidence Explained. Citations are an art,
not a science - variations in format are permissible, but use consistent form
within your document. Provide enough information that readers can evaluate the
source and find the source if they wish to view it for themselves. Remember: anything
that is not general knowledge should have a source citation. Citations should
include complete biographical information, including page numbers.
Please do not include special formatting in your file. Use bold-face type only
for section headlines. Use italics only when essential. Extra formatting makes
it more difficult for others to work with your file.
Make sure verbs match your subjects in tense, person, and number. Avoid passive
voice. Use sentences in which a subject does something.
Say: "The census record showed that Grandpa was born in Germany."
Don't say: "Grandpa's birth record was shown as Germany by the census record.
Spell-out numbers under 10. Consult the Chicago Manual of Style for details.
Unless you are using a direct quote from another document, use the standard genealogical
form: "21 June 2010." Do not use "June 21, 2010."
Avoid abbreviations. Do not use postal state abbreviations (MN), except in postal
addresses. Rather, use standard abbreviations: e.g., Minn., Ia., Mich., Wisc.
be afraid to use commas to separate items in a list or to help the reader know
when phrases end or begin. If you would use a pause in conversation, consider
using a comma.
Try to use the most appropriate preposition.
He was born in St. Louis County.
He was born at Miller Hospital in Duluth.
He was born near Duluth.
mill was located at the narrowest point in the creek.
Use "over" when describing position; use "more than" when
Say: "More than 200 Italians settled in the township."
"Over 200 Italians settled in the township."
Say: "A flock
of geese flew over the barn."
Do say: "Uncle Jake was over 21 years old."
Avoid excessive use of modifiers (especially: very, really).
Say: "It was hot."
If you want to emphasis how hot it was, say:
"It was 104 degrees."
Don't say: "It was very, very hot."
Don't say: "He was really scared."
Say: "He was so scared that
he nearly fainted."
Spell out "township" and "county," and spell out names of
states and countries.
Write: Denver, Arapahoe County, Colorado
Don't write: Denver, Arapahoe Co.,
Don't write: London, Eng.
your article is accepted for publication, you will be asked to sign a writer's
agreement giving MGS exclusive one-year right to publish your article. You will
retain copyright ownership.
articles will be edited for style and length. The editing process includes several
Managing Editor will acknowledge your submission.
2) The Managing Editor will
inform you of a decision to use or not use your article, and send you a Writers
Agreement if your article is accepted for publication; the Managing Editor may
ask you to make changes in length or organization of the article.
3) The Managing
Editor will send your article to a Minnesota Genealogist copy editor for
4) The Managing Editor will review the copy editors suggestions and
return the edited version to you for review; this is your last chance to make
any substantive changes to the article.
5) You will return the article to the
Managing Editor, with any requests for changes.
6) The Managing Editor will
send your article to the Layout Editor, who will place your article (and any images)
into a final page layout; space limitations may require minor adjustments to your
article at this point.
7) The Layout Editor will send a proof of your article
to you and Minnesota Genealogist proofreaders for final review. Substantive
changes are not permitted at this point; only spelling, grammar or serious errors
will be corrected.
8) You will notify the Managing Editor and Layout Editor
of any problems by the date requested.
9) The Layout Editor will send the final
product to the printer.
10) MGS will send you two complimentary copies of the
|Indexes to Back Issues||Purchasing
Index - Vol. 37, 2006|
- Vol. 36, 2005
Index - Vol.
Index - Vol.
34, Number 4, Winter 2003
- Vol. 34, Number 3, Autumn 2003
- Vol. 34, Number 2, Summer 2003
- Vol. 34, Number 1, Spring 2003
Index - Vol. 1, 1969 - Vol. 25, 1994
to Book Reviews - Vol. 1, 1969 - Vol. 25, 1994
Copies of many back issues of the Minnesota
Genealogist are still available at $5 each.
Reprints of township (plat) maps with every name
indexes. $15.00 each.
- Cottonwood County
- 1896 Plat Book
- Dakota County - 1874
and 1879 Wall Maps. These are indexes of the maps and a reprint (42" by 42") of
the 1879 map is included.
County - 1886 Plat Book
- Hennepin County
- First and Early Settlers. (from Hennepin Co., first book of abstracts and files
of West Hennepin Co. Pioneer Association: maps illustrate entries).
County - 1887 Plat Book
- Lyon County
- 1902 Plat Book
- Nobles County - 1888
Plat Book (includes patron index)
County - 1896 Plat Book (includes patron index)
Lake (Pennington) County - Standard County Atlas - 1910
County - 1900 Plat Book
- Rock County
- 1886 Plat Book
- Scott County - 1898
Cemetery (St Paul) Records
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Cemetery Vol 2: 1853-31 May 1871, 104 pages - $15.00
Cemetery Vol 3: 1 June 1871-31 May 1878, 97 pages - $15.00
Cemetery, Stillwater (Washington County), 29 pages, approximately 4,000 entries
- Brown Cemetery, Henderson,
Sibley County, 57 pages, approximately 3,500 entries - $15.00