About Genealogy


Genealogy (ISSN 2313-5778) is an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal (free for readers). It seeks to attract papers on all aspects of genealogical studies. It offers a platform for the dissemination of empirical, comparative, theoretical, and interdisciplinary approaches to the role of genealogy in different kinds of social processes, from families, to communities, institution building, transnational networks, and states. The journal welcomes contributions that use genealogy as an epistemological perspective for tracing histories in the context of politics, race and ethnicity, nationhood, class, gender, sexuality, and cultural identity.

Genealogy aims to reflect the wide scope and salience of contemporary research and theory into the diversity and social and personal significance of ideas of genealogical affinity, real or perceived, and both in the past and in the present. The journal welcomes innovative approaches and serves as a forum for the exploration of new directions in genealogy studies across the fields of social sciences and humanities. The journal publishes research pertaining to: genealogical documentation and analysis of lineage; the sociocultural analysis of genealogical narratives; the use of genealogical perspectives on the emergence and evolution of human institutions; methodological and theoretical innovations in genealogy studies; research and theory on the intersections of genetic and socially constructed genealogies.


Genealogy publishes across all relevant fields of research, including but not restricted to:

Genealogy and family history

  • Family narratives, including those of birth, adoptive families, and transnational adoption;
  • Family forms and changes, including family immigration;
  • Family symbolism: genealogical representation, family trees, heraldry;
  • Family and state: hereditary and dynastic rule, family legislation;
  • Families in art: visual representations of family relations;
  • Property and family relationships;
  • Motherhood and fatherhood studies (and, more generally, parenting studies);
  • Histories of childhood, including histories of children;
  • Personal, local, community and social histories: micro histories;
  • Demographic studies: migration/diaspora and translocation;
  • Locational studies (genealogy and geography): places and people, including indigenous land and population research;
  • Onomastic studies, surnames;
  • Kinship and ancestry studies;
  • The use of DNA analyses to better understand kinship, ancestry, and populations;
  • Birth, marriage and death customs and rituals;
  • Generational transformations.

Genealogies of healing and health

  • Identity, trauma, and healing, including indigenous healing, holocaust healing;
  • Historical and colonial trauma.

Indigenous and nationalism studies

  • Genealogical narratives in national histories and national movements;
  • Genealogical conceptions of national community and identity;
  • Multi-ethnic genealogies;
  • Genealogical conceptions of territory, including notions of homeland and birthplace;
  • Ethnicity and nationality/citizenship;
  • Genealogy and race;
  • Indigenous communities.

Genealogical theory and method

  • Philosophical genealogical method, e.g., Foucauldian genealogy theory;
  • Social constructionist theories of family and national genealogy;
  • Critical theory and critical race theory of family history studies;
  • Theories of nationalism and national identity;
  • Ethnography;
  • Feminist genealogy;
  • Discourse analysis of genealogical narratives.

Biographic studies

  • Biography as research methodology;
  • Biographic approaches to social and family history.

Community history

  • Local histories;
  • Oral histories;
  • Local heritage studies (heritage events, carnivals, exhibitions of local artefacts, local and community museums, local archives, etc.).

MDPI Publication Ethics Statement

Genealogy is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). MDPI takes the responsibility to enforce a rigorous peer-review together with strict ethical policies and standards to ensure to add high quality scientific works to the field of scholarly publication. Unfortunately, cases of plagiarism, data falsification, inappropriate authorship credit, and the like, do arise. MDPI takes such publishing ethics issues very seriously and our editors are trained to proceed in such cases with a zero tolerance policy. To verify the originality of content submitted to our journals, we use iThenticate to check submissions against previous publications. MDPI works with Publons to provide reviewers with credit for their work.

Book Reviews

Authors and publishers are encouraged to send review copies of their recent related books to the following address. Received books will be listed as Books Received within the journal's News & Announcements section.

St. Alban-Anlage 66
CH-4052 Basel

Copyright / Open Access

Articles published in Genealogy will be Open-Access articles distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The copyright is retained by the author(s). MDPI will insert the following note at the end of the published text:

© 2021 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).


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Editorial Office

Ms. Simi Wang
Managing Editor

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