The Alabama Genealogical Society Magazine is an educational publication committed to the compiling and printing of genealogical and historical articles and materials related to the State of Alabama–including Federal, State, County, and Municipal records; Bible records; family histories; church and school records; ships passenger lists; research methodology and technology. The Society solicits unpublished source data but will accept previously published material if it is derived from rare, little-known, hard to find or out-of-print publications not readily available to researchers, provided that proper acknowledgment is given. An effort will be made to balance material among all 67 counties in Alabama to broaden researcher interest.

Family histories should be sufficiently comprehensive to interest researchers in migratory routes, methods of research, and possible connection to ancestors. In compiling submissions, all source references should be cited, including the location of Bible records, cemeteries, etc., when known. Submissions are reviewed for factual accuracy, clarity of thought, documentation, readability, and appeal to researchers.

While attempts are made to check submissions for accuracy and originality, the Society, Editorial Board, and AGS Magazine Editor shall not be held responsible for any such errors by contributors. Correction of proven errors will appear in subsequent issues of the magazine.


Submissions may be sent via email to A submission must be a .doc or .docx and no .pdf files.


Documents should be styled with a 12-point, serif font (Times New Roman). Captions for photos or graphics should be included. All text should be black. 

IMAGES (photos, line art, maps, etc.,)

Photos or graphics that are to be included with a submission may be embedded in the document (preferred) for placement. Send separate image files, clearly labeled and referenced within the document as to placement.

Captions should be included. Photos should be in either .jpg,or .jpeg in high resolution.

Photo by camera or scanned images should be done at a resolution of 300 dpi or greater. We may, for size requirements, crop and scale photos and graphics. Images sent in color will be converted to grayscale.


For submissions of transcribed documents, such as a church register or court listing, there should be a narrative giving information as to its origin, purpose, and other citable references. Endnotes are expected for all references to sources. Citations should conform to the standards set forth in Evidence Explained by E. Shown Mills or the Chicago Manual of Style.


An article must contain, as a heading, the article title and the author’s name and city/state. 

Note: By submitting an article to us you are acknowledging that:

  • You have read, understand, and agree to the above submission guidelines.
  • You have the rights and clearances for all material in the article including photos and graphics. You are agreeing that you have not plagiarized the work of others.
  • You understand that you have the copyright to the article submitted and you are granting us the right to publish the article first, before any other publisher (unless permission is granted to us from a prior publisher) and that we may re-publish the article in the future in any form, print, or electronic media.

Author Bio: Please provide a short biographical sketch (no more than 100 words) as well as a photograph. These should be included in the submission.