Special Issue "Researching Families: The Challenges of Evidence, Documentation, and Methodology in Family History and Genealogical Studies"

A special issue of Genealogy (ISSN 2313-5778). This special issue belongs to the section "Family History".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 January 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Thomas Daniel Knight
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Guest Editor
Department of History, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg, TX 78539-2999, USA
Interests: family history; family narrative; social history; migration and immigration; genealogy studies; Chesapeake history; the U.S. South
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue of Genealogy will focus on the theme as captured in the title, “Researching Families: The Challenges of Evidence, Documentation, and Methodology in Family History and Genealogical Studies”. It will examine the ways in which different types of evidence have been used to approach family history and genealogy. Articles are welcome from any time period or geographical region.

In recent years, technological innovation, particularly the introduction of the field of genetic genealogy, has brought about important changes in the methods used for genealogical research. Moreover, the digitization of many types of documents used in traditional research has opened many new paths for documenting relationships as well as examining the qualitative meanings of those relationships and how they have changed over time.

Articles are particularly welcome which focus on innovative uses of documentary evidence and/or DNA analysis to research family history and genealogy. This can include documenting family relationships as well examining historiographical issues, such as how the concept of childhood has developed and changed in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, or how contemporary thought about gender has shaped the roles of parents in different cultures and historical settings. Case studies are particularly welcome, as are articles that look at new sets of evidence, such as digitization of record collections or the creation of research databases and indices. Thematically, articles may cover any time period, geographical region, or culture, although articles that deal with documenting the identities and roles of women and people of color are encouraged.

We request that prior to submitting a manuscript, interested authors initially submit a proposed title and an abstract of 400–600 words summarizing their intended contribution. Please send this to the Guest Editor, Dr. Thomas Daniel Knight ([email protected]) or the Genealogy Editorial Office ([email protected]). Abstracts will be reviewed by the Guest Editors for the purposes of ensuring proper fit within the scope of the Special Issue. Full manuscripts will undergo double-blind peer review.

Dr. Thomas Daniel Knight
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Genealogy is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • genealogy
  • family history
  • methodology
  • evidence
  • research

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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