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We’ve been publishing a magazine for members since the Society was founded in 1932, and it’s full of wonderful articles on Australian and overseas families, resources and local history.

Members can elect to receive their quarterly magazine either electronically (as a PDF download) or in print. The advantage of the electronic version is that you can easily increase the size of the text to suit, and you can quickly search the text for keywords. You also have instant access to all the embedded hyperlinks mentioned in it. 

Whichever way you choose you'll always receive copies of the Events Calendar and any other flyers which are distributed with each issue. All new members are automatically set up to receive the electronic version; if you'd like to change to a print copy you can do this through your Member Profile. 

You can download a previous issue here if you'd like to check it out.  

Past issues

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

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 Honorary Co-Editors. Time sensitive items need to be received by 1st February, 1st May, 1st August and 1st November for Autumn (March), Winter (June), Spring (September) and Summer (December) issues respectively


·       Family history research and articles should be 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 – 250 words with a hi-resolution image/s.

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 Society's policy is that it has the right to reprint or permit publication elsewhere unless the author specifies otherwise. Permission to reproduce an article from Descent should be sought from the Society's Executive Officer

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