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Jane Benner

Deborah Coombe

Valerie-Anne Lutz

Submission Guidelines for the Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine

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.


Geographical Scope


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  • Articles of compiled genealogySubmitted articles should present genealogical research that is previously unpublished, done by the author, and based on a variety of primary sources.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.




  • Review Suggestions for Successful Submissions
  • Submit a Word file or RTF file via email.
  • Do not over-format the text.  (The editor will have to strip our any manual formatting, such as point size, before applying the template.)
  • Include a short abstract summarizing the focus and content ot the article.
  • Include a brief author's bio, with mailing and email address. A statement of your relationship to the family in the article, if one exists, is suggested.  Also mention past and future publications you have done on the family.  Include the sources that you reviewed (as listed in Suggestions for Successful Submissions).
  • Include a signed letter of agreement.  If the research was done for someone else (whether compensated or not), that must be stated in the submission.  Also, please include a letter from the person or group stating they understand the research will be published and indicating whether or not they want to be identified in the footnote.