Online & print magazine of the Society of Australian Genealogists

We’ve been publishing a magazine or journal for members since the Society was founded, and it’s full of wonderful articles on Australian and overseas families, resources and local history. 

All new members are automatically set up to receive the electronic version; if you'd like to change to a print copy just let us know.

Members can search and download all past issues of Descent and The Australian Genealogist  here

Subscribe to Descent by becoming a member of the Society.

See details below on contributing to Descent.


Contributions to descent

The Society welcomes articles for publication in Descent. Preference is given to articles which demonstrate methods, sources and tactics which will help others with their research. Family is about sharing - so we encourage you to share your stories with your fellow Family Historians.

Deadlines - Articles can be submitted at any time to the Editorial Committee by emailing editor[at] Time sensitive items need to be received by 1st February, 1st May, 1st August (15th July for 2022) and 1st November for Autumn (March), Winter (June), Spring (September) and Summer (December) issues respectively


Family history research and articles - 1,000 – 2,000 words although longer articles will be considered. 

Heirlooms 150-200 words with a hi-resolution image/s taken against a white background.

Quarterly theme short articles  around 250 words with a hi-resolution image.

Please submit all as Microsoft Word or RTF file and keep formatting to a minimum.

Photographs and Illustrations These are encouraged and should be sent as separate (not embedded) 300 dpi resolution JPEG files. If you cannot supply an image electronically, good quality copies are accepted for scanning. Original documents and photographs should not be sent as we cannot guarantee their safe return.  Sources and captions should be given. 

Citations Source citations as footnotes or endnotes must be included and set by your word processor program where possible. We encourage the use of citing sources as this will assist other researchers to follow your research leads.  Footnotes will be converted to endnotes to conform to our house style. 

Copyright Clearance Copyright clearance is your responsibility and you must ensure that written and illustrative material does not breach copyright and all sources are correctly acknowledged. 

Copyright The submission for Descent grants the Society the right to publish and the Society holds the copyright in all articles published. A release form will be sent to you if your article is selected for publication. 


The impact of former European empires - Call for conference speakers and Descent articles for the Society of Australian Genealogists:            relating to family history research and the social history around countries that were previously European colonies. We are particularly interested in content pertaining to British India, South Africa, Hong Kong, Indonesia, New Zealand, Fiji and other Pacific Island nations. In general, we are interested in the impact on families of the Colonial empires of the Early Modern period. We are trying to look beyond Australia for this content though elements of issues of the Australian colonies may be included, though should not be the dominant story of the article or presentation. Deadline for articles: 15 July 2022.

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