c/o Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania
2207 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Deborah Coombe Haas
Published as the Publications of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania from 1895 to 1947, and as the Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine from 1948, the magazine is a scholarly journal that has a long and respected history. Beginning in 2014, the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania (GSP) will continue this title as a digital publication that is available online to members. In addition, a printed issue will be published biannually, comprising articles published online during the year. Print issues will be available for sale through the GSP office and at conventions and meetings that GSP attends.
Historically, PGM focused on Philadelphia, southeastern Pennsylvania, and the three lower counties (early Delaware). In more recent years, both the GSP and PGM have broadened our scope to represent the entire state. We actively seek Pennsylvania articles and abstracts relating to all sixty-seven counties, as well as migrations into and out of them. We want to give our readers more articles—covering more localities—than in prior volumes. This means publishing shorter pieces in each issue.
Types of Articles to Submit
Abstracts and transcripts – PGM has a strong history of publishing abstracts and transcripts. We are especially interested in those from beyond southeastern Pennsylvania. “Orphaned” records, such as marriages found in ministerial records, Justice of the Peace records, and miscellaneous county records, are often brief and easily overlooked by researchers (and current electronic imaging projects). These small, otherwise ignored collections are good candidates. Also, we have traditionally published Bible records, and submissions of Bible records are encouraged.
Articles of compiled genealogy – Submitted articles should present genealogical research that is previously unpublished, done by the author, and based on a variety of primary sources. Articles that include a very brief explanation of some facet of how a problem was solved are likely to help all readers, not just those whose ancestral names appear in the article. Problems of migration are especially difficult to solve, as they often require on-site research, familiarity with records used less frequently, and evidentiary analysis to determine if the records represent a migrating family or coincidental names. Hence, articles bridging localities and articles identifying origins are of interest to descendants who may not have the opportunity to do this type of research personally. Articles resolving same name/same man problems using primary evidence and whole-family construction are also appropriate. All articles are edited, often extensively, for length, focus, organization, clarity, wording, and style.