5 Publications for Family-History Enthusiasts and First-time Travel Writers

…we are not against good writing, in fact, we love it, but we shouldn’t have to ask “Where’s the beef?”

This candid-disclaimer from Discovering Family History is an editor’s plea to read their writer’s guidelines! Submission guidelines provide an insight to the sort of meaty-material a publication will print as well as tips on writing, formatting and sending your article.

My recent ramblings are inspired by back-packing Ireland and researching my Irish ancestry. The following publications print articles in the field of genealogy and travel, offering a unique angle for first-time travel writers:

Australian Family Tree Connections

Australian Family Tree Connections is a monthly print magazine publishing articles aimed at Australian and New Zealand family historians. Email editor@aftc.com.au with your submission.

Hint: Preference will be given to articles which include photographs and/or illustrations. See submission guidelines

Family Tree Magazine

This American publication is distributed via print, the web, weekly e-mail newsletter and a free monthly podcast! Family Tree Magazine does not accept finalised articles and encourages writers to pitch their article or story suggestions to ftmedia@fwpubs.com

Hint: First-time writers will have more success getting published through the Branching Out department or developing new resources for the Toolkit section. See submission guidelines

Discovering Family History

Discovering Family History is a print magazine published 6 times a year, with most articles  by freelance writers. These guys “accept but do not enjoy snail–mail” so call the editor Ed Zapletal on (888) 326-2476 or email him at edward@moorshead.com.

Hint: The site provides a list of articles Discovering Family History seek. Phone and let them know you’re considering writing for them and they will send you a free copy of their magazine. See submission guidelines


Gonomad are currently seeking more stories on family and female travel so contact the editor Max Hartshorne at editorial@gonnomad.com with queries and submissions.

Hint: If you mention that you’ve posted or blogged a link to their writer’s guidelines Gonomad will bump you to the top of their list – nice! See submission guidelines


BootsnAll allow you to submit your travel article online for review by one of their editors. Follow the guidelines to maximize your chances and expect to see your article published within two weeks.

Hint: BootsnAll are happy to post your bio, links to other published work, websites or books – who doesn’t love a bit of shameless self-promotion? See submission guidelines

Happy writing!


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. maryrichardson
    Jan 21, 2010 @ 23:56:21

    Thanks for the list of publications to check out… what a fun and interesting writing niche you discovered.


  2. Felicity
    Jan 22, 2010 @ 03:48:05

    Nice work on finding a specific list of places for your niche too!


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