Monday, August 19, 2013

US Genealogy Writer's Market -- a quick questionnaire for editors

19 August 2013

Dear Genealogy Periodical Editors:

How do genealogical authors find your publication?

Genealogy periodicals—from popular magazines to state and national journals to the newsletters of local genealogical societies—are vital to the genealogy community.

Among other vital roles, periodicals
  • educate genealogists about records and research methodology;
  • enable genealogists with similar research interests to communicate with each other;
  • share local, national, and international news of concern to genealogists; and
  • allow researchers to publish the fruits of their research efforts.

Despite this central position in the genealogy community, there exists no central resource bringing together all of the genealogy periodicals published in the United States.

To do this we plan to publish the first U. S. Genealogy Writer's Market in early 2014. This book will list basic details about genealogy periodicals, so that genealogical researchers and prospective writers can quickly and easily locate their ideal publishing markets.

In order to do this we need your help—just fill out the short online questionnaire at this address:

Please feel free to alert other editors to this project. If you have any questions or comments, please contact either of us at our respective emails.

Harold Henderson, CG

Michael Hait, CG 

Harold Henderson and Michael Hait, "US Genealogy Writer's Market -- a quick questionnaire for editors," Midwestern Microhistory: A Genealogy Blog, posted 19 August 2013 ( : viewed [date]). [Please feel free to link to the specific post if you prefer.]


Geolover said...

Great effort!

Maybe your survey will ask about ethical practices. I once sent a rundown on a person of interest to a person listed as a researcher on a County Historical Society website, as background to requesting retrieval of a land record (for stipulated fee).

Little did I know that the researcher was also editor of the local genealogy newsletter. This person put my inquiry together with full name and home street address in the next issue of the newsletter, as a "query," without my prior knowledge or permission. Arrgh.

The data was even locally irrelevant, as the landowner never lived on the land in question or anywhere near the State :(

Melissa said...

Great idea! This is a much needed resource! I look forward to publication...