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Internet Genealogy is based in Toronto, Canada. However over 90 percent of the circulation is in the US with the balance in Canada. Internet Genealogy’s publisher and editor is Edward Zapletal edward@moorshead.com (888) 326-2476. The mail address is: 505 Consumers Road, Suite 500, Toronto, ON, M2J 4V8 Do not be afraid to phone.

Published six times a year (February/March; April/May; June/July; August/September; October/November; December/January) by Moorshead Magazines, Internet Genealogy is available by subscription, on many newsstands and is available as an online subscription.

Internet Genealogy usually pays for articles. Payment is generally by the published page (this includes visuals provided by the author – if no visuals are provided, the fee is based on amount of published page space occupied by the submitted text). Payment varies: however it is not less than US$55 per page and can be higher. Factors leading to the higher rates include:

  • Second or subsequent articles by the same author published in the magazine.
  • The expertise of the author (authors of related books and those who regularly lecture may qualify for higher rates).
  • The degree of work involved. For example a good review of a piece of software may involve hours of additional work.
  • The amount of work necessary by Internet Genealogy editors. Some manuscripts require hours of work, correcting spelling and English – we pay a lower rate for such material – if it is accepted at all. All Editors are familiar with authors who “pad” the text, as they believe it will lead to higher payment. In such cases the text is heavily edited and the article will be paid at a lower rate.

If you are thinking of writing an article, e-mail Edward Zapletal with the idea – you stand a good chance of getting a response regarding our interest. We will accept, but do not enjoy, snail-mail submissions. Do not be concerned if the response is slow – the Editor may be away or particularly busy. However, we believe we have ALWAYS responded.

We NEVER schedule articles from first-time authors until we have the manuscript. The reality is that many people who promise us articles do not come through. We also work well ahead. For example by the time one issue goes to the printer, we have pretty well tied up the content of the following issue. If you are a first time submitter, send us the article when it is ready – do not worry about deadlines.

How would we like it submitted? We overwhelmingly prefer e-mail submissions – send a covering e-mail with the manuscript as an attachment and any illustrations as low-resolution images (if we accept we can ask for better resolution images later). If you have some reason to use regular mail, send to our Canadian address with a printed manuscript and a disk. We prefer Microsoft Word or .rtf (Rich Text Format) formats. Please do not use obscure word processing formats – we can usually read them but they are a pain.

Please include the following information with every manuscript. If you are submitting as a word processor file, such as Microsoft Word, the best approach is to add points 1 & 2 to the top of the manuscript and the bio information to the end of the article. Please supply a separate file for the image captions or add them to the end of the article after your bio:

  1. Your complete name, mailing address and telephone number
  2. Your e-mail address if available
  3. Supply captions for all images, illustrations or photographs you supply
  4. Supply a short biography of yourself that we can append to the end of your article.

Our average article is 2,000 words but rarely they can be up to 7,000 words. We wish we had more submissions of 7-800 words (with a picture this is a page) – if the information is useful and well presented, an article of this length is likely to be accepted. Many writers seem to believe that their great idea is “worth” a lot of words; an article’s popularity bears little relationship to its length.

What types of article are you looking for? A problem with this question is that we haven’t thought of the topics of some of the best articles – that is why they have not been done yet! Internet Genealogy is generally a “how-to” magazine. Most articles should give clear information about how the reader can conduct their research. Just because we have already covered a topic does not mean that we will not do this again – but only if it was some time ago and/or a new slant is put on it.

Articles we are looking for
Please note that we do NOT update this list regularly, therefore some of the articles that are mentioned may well be have been allocated already. Check with us before starting anything.
20 French/German/Norwegian etc. websites. This applies to many nationalities.

  • Finding Births Online
  • Family Trees online
  • Gensmarts – this is a neat program. Want to cover it even though it is barely Internet related.
  • E-Bay
  • Dead Fred: Great site.
  • New Databases
  • SSDI
  • GEDCOM
  • Swapping Your Information
  • Canada 1901 Census Index
  • Ellis Island
  • Original/Compiled records
  • IGI/FamilySearch
  • Your Village/Town online

We are ALWAYS on the lookout for short articles – sometimes only a page or even half a page on really useful websites with useful information. Examples of these are in Net Notes in the preview issue.

What articles we do NOT want?

  1. An article telling us how popular genealogy has become.
  2. Personal family histories that involve no unusual or useful techniques.
  3. “Academic” theses with loads of footnotes.
  4. 7,000 word articles that could be covered in 1,200 words.
  5. Highly specialized areas of research that belong in specialist publications.
  6. Articles written on subjects of which the author has only a passing knowledge.
  7. Articles that have no relationship to the Internet

We receive many submissions from people who have not bothered to look at a copy. We would prefer that you buy a copy but call us (888)-326-2476 and ask the operator to send you a free copy. Say you are thinking of writing.

Please understand that we are not trying to catch you out. Our overwhelming concern when we are reading an article is “Will the reader find this interesting – will it help them in their own research?”

We are looking for reasons to accept your work, not to reject it.