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Society Publications

The Western New York Genealogist

The Western New York Genealogical Society has published a quarterly without interruption since 1974. Published in June, September, December and March, each issue contains articles relating to the eight counties of Western New York on such topics as research strategies and techniques, resource profiles, developments in the field of genealogy, and program and event information. The current name of the publication is The Western New York Genealogist, for short, the Genealogist. In the past, the publication was called the Journal.

Current Issue Preview

Below is the Table of Contents from our June 2023 issue:

The Western New York Genealogist

Volume 50, No. 1

  • Upcoming Events - pg. 2

  • President's Message - pg. 3

  • Classified: School Days by Rhonda Hoffman (3495L) - pg. 4

  • When Was My House Built and Who Owned It? by George Anna Almeter, PhD - pg. 8

  • Welcome New Life Members, and New and Returning Members - pg. 10

  • Local History and Genealogy at Haag Library (Albion, Orleans County, NY) by Delia Robinson  - pg. 11

  • A Familt Bible Returned by Thomas Krajewski (3805) - pg. 12

  • WNY Historian Project: Niagara County by Marie-Cecile O. Tidwell, PhD (3625L) - pg. 13

  • In Memoriam - Historians from WNY - pg. 20

  • Celebrating Our Heritage Through Starting Our Family History Search by Leatha Jimerson, Iroquois Genealogical Society - pg. 21

  • Thank You for Preservation Volunteers - pg. 22

  • Buffalo New York Death Collection and Index by Jennifer Liber Raines (3576L) - pg. 23

  • We Are searching for You - pg. 24

Click to see the article highlights from our past four issues.

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Current Issue Preview

Western New York Genealogist Submission Guidelines

Western New York Counties of Interest

Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming

Material for Publication

We are interested in articles for the Genealogist, especially those pertaining to Western New York research and resources. Other topics of interest include how-to articles, genealogical tools, case studies, and historical articles relevant to Western New York genealogy. Outlines or articles should be submitted to the editor for consideration. Articles on individual families generally cannot be published as they are of limited interest to our members. Material accepted or simultaneously submitted for publication by another organization should not be submitted. It is not our intent to duplicate material printed elsewhere.


Article length: 1500-5000 words for feature articles. 

Software: Microsoft Word (.docx) 

Font: Cambria, 11 pt 

Footnotes font: Cambria, 9 pt 

Spacing: Single line; one space only at the end of sentences 

Page orientation: Portrait 

Margins: Left: .8" Right: .8" Top: 0.5" Bottom: 0.46"


Images may be included with the submitted article. Images should be submitted separately and must meet copyright requirements. The author is required to obtain permission for publication from the image copyright holder and/or holding repository.


Citations should be included as endnotes following the current edition of Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills.

Deadlines for Completed Article Submissions to the Content Editor
  • December Issue - September 1st 

  • March Issue - December 1st 

  • June Issue - March 1st 

  • September Issue - June 1st


If your completed article is accepted, a contract will be emailed to you to be signed and returned to the society in duplicate. The society will retain one copy and return a signed copy to the author by mail.


The Genealogist is staffed by volunteers. No compensation is paid for articles. The author will receive an electronic copy of the issue in which the article appears upon request.

Article Submissions or Questions?

Please send all articles, outlines, and questions to the Editor.

Genealogist Editor:

Stephen Trincanati

Back Orders

We offer electronic versions of past Journal issues for sale. These searchable PDFs are available as three CD collections:

  • Volumes 1 through 27 - June 1974 - March 2001

  • Volumes 28 through 32 - June 2001 - March 2006

  • Volumes 33 through 37 - June 2006 - March 2011


Each CD costs $20.00 and includes postage and handling. When ordering, please remember to specify which CD(s), the desired quantity, and your preferred mailing address.  Payment can be made via PayPal or by mailing a check (made payable to "WNYGS") to:


Attn: Back Orders

P.O. Box 338

Hamburg, New York 14075-0338

Purchasing Back Issues of the Journal

Sample Issue: Vol. 48, No. 3 - December 2021

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