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  • Submitting to the Register

  • Are you thinking of submitting an article to the Register?

    We are glad to receive articles for the Register, especially from new authors. We prefer to receive a brief description of your article in advance, and we prefer articles of 6,000 words or less.

    To submit an article, attach it to an email to the editor (register@nehgs.org) or send a paper copy and a disk or CD to The Register, 101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116-3007. Your article should be acknowledged within two weeks, but you may not hear for several months whether it has been accepted. And even if it is accepted, it will probably be at least a year before it is published.

    We are looking for new articles with a New England connection that have not already been published on paper or online (and have not been submitted to another periodical for publication). Our articles usually fall into one of the following categories:

    •  Immigrant origins with a genealogical summary. We are particularly interested in nineteenth-century immigrants to New England.
    •  Problem-solving articles with a genealogical summary.
    •  Genealogical accounts of families, especially families for which no genealogy now exists. These accounts should normally be limited to three generations.
    •  Source material.

    Looking over current issues of the Register should give you an idea of the articles we accept. The Register is available on AmericanAncestors.org to NEHGS members.

    We ask that articles be written in Microsoft Word in 12-point type, with footnotes in 10-point type, and 1½-inch side margins, using our formatting and styles. This helps us convert your draft into a version we can use for the Register. However, articles written entirely in Microsoft Word’s Normal Style will be considered also. Do not create your own formatting and styles, and do not use any automatic features or indexing.


    Our formatting and styles can be daunting until you get used to them. Remember that we are interested in the contents of your article more than the style. Nevertheless, the closer you come to our style, the easier it is for us to evaluate your article. You can download a template, “Download a Register Style Template for Microsoft Word”. You can also look at the relevant chapters in Genealogical Writing in the 21st Century, 2nd edition (Boston: NEHGS, 2006) and at “Writing a Family Sketch in Register Style,” New England Ancestors 8:3 (Summer 2007):41–42, 45

    Some Questions to Ask Yourself Before Submitting Your Article:

    1. Is each statement of fact that is not common knowledge cited to one or more reliable sources?
    2. Have you mentioned published or compiled works on the family, even if you don’t agree with them? If writing on a seventeenth-century New England family, have you looked at the following three works and reviewed the sources suggested therein?
      Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, CD-ROM (Boston: NEHGS, 2001).
      Melinde Lutz Sanborn, Third Supplement to Torrey’s New England Marriages Prior to 1700 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2003).
      Martin E. Hollick, New Englanders in the 1600s: A Guide to Genealogical Research Published Between 1980 and 2005 (Boston: NEHGS, 2006). 
    3. Have you tried to identify the parents of spouses mentioned in the article? To make articles more useful to readers, we like to include parents of spouses (though not always for the last generation).
    4. Have you paid attention to double dating, i.e., dates in January through March before 1752? It may be necessary to view the original record (if possible) to determine the correct date.
    5. Are there original documents you should send us copies of?
    6. Have you written your article in a “travelogue” style, describing the research process? This is not a style we accept; instead we want the results of your research.

    Make the Process Easier for Yourself and for Us

    Don’t try to replicate our style perfectly. For example, we don’t care whether you learn how to put brackets around footnote numbers.
    Once you have given a full title in a footnote, just use a short title in later footnotes without “see prior note” or “hereafter cited as.” Do not use “ibid.”
    Use regular abbreviations for states instead of two-letter postal codes.

    If your article is accepted, you will receive a standard Register permission letter to sign. The letter grants NEHGS a perpetual non-exclusive right to publish. You retain copyright and can republish the article elsewhere if the editor is consulted and the original Register article is cited. During the editing process you will be able to review and comment on editorial changes to your article.

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