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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 are the Table of Contents highlights from our December 2023 issue:

The Western New York Genealogist

Volume 50, No. 4

March 2023

  • Help Wanted - pg. 73

  • Upcoming WNYGS Events - p. 74

  • President's Message - pg. 75

  • Upcoming Events at the B&ECPL - pg. 76

  • What’s in That Old Diary by Joseph Cassidy (3909), Town of Alabama Historian - pg. 77

  • My Family Story – With and Without AI by Charleen Scime (4038) - pg. 80

  • Western New York Genealogical Society - The Second Decade: 1984-1993 by Fred Kester, Society Historian (364) - pg. 82

  • Settlement of Alsatian Immigrants at Alden,New York by Michael Nuwer (3981) - pg. 86

  • In Memoriam - pg. 96


Click to see the highlights from our previous four issues.

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Current Issue Preview
Submission Guidelines

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.

Journal Back Issues

Article Submissions or Questions?

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


Marie-Cecile Tidwell, PhD (Interim)

Purchasing Back Issues of the Journal

The Western New York Genealogical Society Journal Back Issue Collection (1974-2022) is now available for convenient direct download.  


When you order, you will receive access to one ZIP file (315.3 MB) containing the complete set of searchable PDFs for volumes 1-48 (192 issues).


These files are for personal use only and may not be shared or distributed without the written permission of the Society.  The emailed link is valid for 30 days.

Retail Price: $60

Member Price: $30 (with 50% off promo code)


Important Discount Information for WNYGS Members:  Individual issues are currently available for viewing and download at no additional cost in our website's Members Area.  For those members wishing to download the entire set as one file, you are eligible to receive the collection at 50% off the retail price when you apply the special promo code listed in the Members Area. 

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