Stirpes Submission Guidelines

Stirpes, journal of the Texas State Genealogical Society, Inc., is published four times a year, in March, June, September and December.

The editorial board solicits articles and materials such as letters, diaries, photographs, and book reviews relating to Texas genealogy and history.

Publication Terms

Stirpes has no quotas with respect to authorship or content.

Edited works may be submitted to the author for review at the end of the editing process prior to publication.

The author retains copyright to his work. The Texas State Genealogical Society retains the right to print this material exclusively for one year dating from its first printing in Stirpes.

The writer may use and distribute his material for presentations, lectures, seminars, or for similar purposes.

Content Requirements

  • One digital copy of manuscript sent to the editor at:
  • Preferred manuscript length of 1,500 – 5,000 words, exclusive of source notes. Longer manuscripts will be considered and in certain cases encouraged. A series will be considered for lengthy works.
  • Please send text in Word, Works, Pages, or as .rft or .txt files. Use 11–point type and double spacing.
  • Photo images, illustrations, maps, and tables that enhance the article are encouraged.

Submitting Images

  • Scan images to 600dpi or higher at a physical size of 4 X 6 inches or larger.
  • Send the original, unenhanced scans.
  • We discourage your sending us original photos, but if you cannot scan, we will scan them for you and return them if you enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope with your submission.
  • Please send the source for each of your images to the editor in an e-mail.

Style Requirements

Please follow The Chicago Manual of Style (15th ed., 2003) for general form and style, Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (11th ed., 2003) for spelling and word division, and Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills (1st ed., 2007) for citation models unique to genealogy and history. Stirpes follows Chicago’s recommendation with regard to the use of the ellipsis to indicate omissions.

Endnotes & Footnotes

See Chicago for bibliography style or reference-list style.

Factual statements beyond common knowledge should be presented as endnotes or footnotes. Notes should relate precisely to the paragraph to which they are assigned, but if a broader reference is intended, such as to multiple paragraphs or pages, this should be explained in the note. Each numeral indicating a note should be placed at the end of a sentence, not the in the middle.

The author’s name and full title of the work should appear in the first citation of a source, followed by parenthesis containing edition number (if appropriate), location, press, and year of publication. A volume number in multi-volume works follows the title. The closing parenthesis is followed by page number(s). Subsequent citations only need include the author’s last name, the short title, volume, and page number(s). Ibid. may be used if the preceding footnote is identical.

Sample Citations

For additional information on citing sources, see Chicago or contact the editor.

Single-Volume Works

First citation:

James P. Bevill, The Paper Republic (Houston, Bright Sky Press, 2009), 105.

Subsequent citation:

Bevill, The Paper Republic, 147.

Multi-Volume Works with Multiple Editors or Authors

First citation:

Lynda Laswell Crist, ed., Kenneth H. Williams and Peggy L. Dillard, assoc. eds., The Papers of Jefferson Davis 10 (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press,1999), 33 and 178.

Subsequent citation:

Crist, et al., The Papers of Jefferson Davis 10, 369-387.

Revised editions:

First citation:

Virginia M. Meyer, John Frederick Dorman, eds. Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia 1607-1624/5 (3rd ed., Richmond, 1987), 167-218.

Subsequent citation, immediately following:

Ibid., 223.

Journal articles:

First citation:

Bryson Caldwell Cook and Janet Stacey Porter, “Nathaniel Porter (1692-1758) of Farmington and Bethlehem, Connecticut, and his Family,” The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 164 (January 2010), 57.

Subsequent citation:

Cook, et al., “Nathaniel Porter of Farmington …,” 60-62.

Newspaper Articles

First citation:

John P. Kelly, “Swimming Upstream,” Dallas Morning News, September 23,1993.

Letters, Manuscripts, Archived Documents

First citation:

James Turner to Martha Turner, May 14, 1852, Series I: Box 1, Folder 1, Ann Marie Stewart Turner letters, 1857-1913, Woodson Library, Rice University.

Charles Conrad Abbott, “The After-Thoughts of Age: a Series of Out-Spoken Essays” (10 notebooks), Box 1, Folder 1-2, no. 3, Charles Conrad Abbott Papers, 1770-1919, Princeton University Library, Manuscripts Division.

Anson Jones to Joseph Lane, land grant in Jasper County, Texas for 25 labors, n.d. (contains Republic of Texas seal), Star of the Republic Museum, Washington, Texas.


First citation:

Estelle Corder, “Residents in Randolph County, Alabama—Church Records of Shiloh Baptist Church,” East Texas Family Records 10, no. 1 (1986),, 18-19.


First citation:

John Witherspoon, The Works of the Rev. John Witherspoon, D.D.L.L.D., Late President of the College at Princeton, New Jersey …, Rev. Dr. John Rodgers, ed., (Philadelphia: William W. Woodward, 1802),, 34.