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Publishing

The Ontario Genealogical Socieity's mission is to publish books and other resources that meet the needs of our members, family and local historians and the genealogical community. The Publishing Division provides genealogists, be they experts or just starting out, with information and methodology to support the writing process. Our publications meet recognized international standards of evidence and citation and conform to professional editorial and publishing standards.

We will consider any non-fiction manuscript with a genealogical basis, and historical manuscripts that would provide background to genealogical studies. Please note that we do not publish family histories as such, but would consider one that was illustrative of genealogical work with a particular ethnic or religious group, or illuminated a part of Ontario history. We particularly seek research aids such as guides to civil, military, or religious records; technology aids; and other how-to materials.

If you would like to write a book, do some research first. Go to bookstores and libraries. Talk to colleagues. Query associations and other professional groups. Find out what is available and what still needs writing.

When you have an idea for a publication, the first step is to submit a proposal to the OGS Publications Committee. See How to Write a Proposal. Then email your proposal to the Chair of the Publications Committee (pcchair@ogs.on.ca). The committee will discuss your proposal and will let you know if it is of interest and what further information is required.

When writing your book, the Information for Authors page will give you some guidelines.