About Genealogy


Genealogy (ISSN 2313-5778) seeks to attract papers in the following broad but specific areas:

(i) The family genealogical studies approach but with a connecting thread to the analysis of different kinds of social processes;

(ii) A broader framing of the topic encompassing more theoretical and interdisciplinary approaches to genealogy studies that focus on a diversity of social processes. This could include both the methods of philosophers such as Michel Foucault, Nietzsche, and David Hume and research-oriented 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 is an international and cross-disciplinary, peer-reviewed, open access journal (free for readers). The journal aims to reflect the cross-disciplinary scope of contemporary genealogical research and theory and to serve as a forum for new directions in genealogy studies across the social sciences and humanities. The journal will publish scholarship pertaining to: the genealogical documentation and analysis of lineage; the sociocultural analysis of genealogical narratives; the use of genealogical epistemologies and perspectives to examine social discourses and institutions; methodological and theoretical innovations in genealogy studies; and 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)
  • Property and family relationships.
  • Demographic studies. Migration/Diaspora and translocation.
  • Personal, local, community and social histories. Micro histories.
  • Locational studies (genealogy and geography). Places and people (including indigenous population research)
  • Onomastic studies, surnames
  • Symbolism in human society—heraldic, cemeteries and funeral.
  • Kinship, ancestry, and fathers’ studies
  • The use of DNA analyses to better understand kinship, ancestry, and populations
  • History of childhood

Genealogies of healing and health

  • Identity, trauma, and healing (including indigenous healing, Holocaust healing)
  • historical and colonial trauma

Genealogy and ethnic/racial studies

  • Nationalism-related studies (including nationhood and national identity)
  • Ethnography (such as Indigenous ethnography)

Genealogical theory and method

  • Foucauldian genealogy theory (including that which extends beyond genealogy)
  • Social constructionist theories of family genealogy
  • Critical theory and critical race theory of family history studies
  • Theories of nationalism and identity (collective)

Other topics related to genealogy

  • Autobiographical narrative in the study of genealogy; writing genealogy (biography; autobiography)
  • Transnationalism and genealogy
  • Philosophical and political genealogy
  • Genealogical narratives
  • Feminist genealogy
  • Genealogy education learning

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:

© 2020 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. Allie Shi
Managing Editor

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