Guidelines for Submissions to The California Nugget

The Journal of the California Genealogical Society

Do you have an article to submit to The California Nugget? We publish two general categories of articles in the California Genealogical Society's journal, which appears twice a year, spring and fall. Most articles fall into either the "Twenty-First Century Genealogy" section or the portion of the journal devoted to "California Ancestors."

Articles of General Interest for "Twenty-First Century Genealogy"

Your experiences or unique information will be of assistance to someone else. Topics might include news about 21st-century innovations for genealogists, information on little-known resources for California research, "how-to" descriptions for those just starting out in genealogy, and informative pieces that might assist in the navigation of libraries, repositories and the Internet are of special interest to our readership. Submissions should not exceed 1,500 words.

Sketches for "California Ancestors"

Readers are invited to submit to The California Nugget the unique story of the first person in their family to settle in California, whether this person arrived prior to 1849 or as recently as ten years ago, or even last year. Perhaps you or your children are the first arrivals from your family to settle in California. If so, then your forebears, or those of your children, are the ones we want to read about.

Sketches should not exceed 1,500 words. The summary should include the California ancestors' origins, spouses, siblings and parents if known, children, and, if appropriate, grandchildren, with locations, and dates of birth and death clearly stated. We prefer this information in the form of a descendancy chart to be carried at the end of the article. We list the names of living people only in certain circumstances.

Format for Submissions

  1. Manuscripts should be submitted in Word or RTF (Rich Text Format). Please send the manuscript as an email attachment to the editor, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  2. Bold, italic, and superscript formats are fine, but please use only one font in the document.
  3. As identification of sources is important, we require citations. (See below for guidelines.) Citations are printed as endnotes. After preparing your article with footnotes, please change them to endnotes before sending your completed manuscript to us. The use of superscript numbers is acceptable but please do not use footnoting software or tools such as Word's footnote tool. Many special formats do not transfer correctly to the software we use for the journal's layout. Please mark endnotes' superscript numbers and list sources at the end of your document.
  4. Preferred length is between 750 and 1,500 words. Proof your article carefully before sending it.


Photos add life and interest to any story and can enhance and expand the text. Please submit as a jpg, pdf, or tiff. Low-resolution images will not print well, even when they look fine on a screen. If scanning, set the scanner's resolution to at least 300 dpi. Images below 900 x 900 dpi may not reproduce well in print. Color photos are acceptable; they will appear in black and white in the printed format. Please provide captions that identify as completely as possible the names of all persons, locations, and dates, if known.

Guidelines for Citing Your Sources

You may email the editor (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for a sheet of footnote/endnote examples if you are submitting an article. We have an in-house style sheet, and submitters are encouraged to turn, as well, to the classic sources for assistance: The Chicago Manual of Style 16th Edition, or one of Elizabeth Shown Mills’ reference books: Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Cyberspace to Artifacts, 2007, or Evidence! Citation and Analysis for the Family Historian, 1997. 
Please provide a citation that is complete enough to allow another researcher to quickly find the source using traditional or online resources. We prefer that you avoid citing undocumented information from websites such as unless you have verified the information quoted therein. If you must use unsourced information, explain in endnotes, or in the body of your work, the evidence you have for believing the data to be correct.

Editorial Policies

Because of space limitations not all manuscripts will be accepted. You will be notified of the status of your submission within sixty days of its receipt. All manuscripts are subject to editing for space and for appropriate content, as well as for grammar and syntax. When a manuscript is accepted, the editor will work with the submitter to achieve a final copy that meets the society's standards. The California Genealogical Society will hold the copyright to all articles printed in The California Nugget; authors printed in The California Nugget need only apply in writing to obtain automatic permission to reprint.

Advertise in the Nugget!

Your advertisements will reach at least 1,000 readers in print. This is the place to publicize the news about your new book, a publication for sale, research services, or your society’s events. We can prepare an ad layout for you, or you may submit copy-ready advertisements. Please note: the editorial policies noted above will apply. If you wish to submit a copy-ready ad, it should be in pdf form only.

Rates are as follows for one year (two issues, one fall issue, one spring issue): full page: $200; half page: $100; quarter page: $50; eighth page: $25. Send submissions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. We look forward to hearing from you.