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The Bulletin of the Genealogical Forum of Oregon (quarterly)

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Call for Articles

The Bulletin Editorial Group invites readers to submit research articles, essays and reviews for publication in the Bulletin.

We look for articles that are of interest to members of the GFO and those that encourage the sharing and research of family history. We appreciate articles about families with Northwest connections, but welcome articles with other geographic focuses. Possibilities include but are not limited to:

  • memoirs and personal essays
  • problem-solving articles
  • research articles and source guides
  • articles on family history travel
  • how-to articles 
  • using technology

We also welcome book reviews, transcriptions or extractions from original sources, and posts from your blog. You are encouraged to attach photographs or other graphics.

Submission Deadlines

  • March Issue - January 1
  • June Issue - April 1
  • September Issue - July 1
  • December Issue - October 1

Agreements and Editing

Copyright on articles is held by the authors and used by permission. Please notify the editors if the articles have been previously published or if you have relinquished any rights. Articles may be edited for style and length. The Writer’s Agreement may be downloaded below. The editing and publication process is explained below

Submission Instructions

Electronic submissions are preferred. Please contact the editor before sending any hard copy of materials. Submit your material with a note that includes contact information as well as a brief biographical statement. The editors are happy to look at articles that include photos or other images so that they know your preferred placements. However, it is helpful if you also send text and images as separate files to facilitate layout. Images should be in either jpg or tif files and should be a minimum of 600 dpi. Contact the editors if you have photographs or artwork that need to be scanned. Include a list of images with proposed captions at the end of your article. Articles should be sent to the Bulletin at the GFO.


The Bulletin follows the guidelines found in the latest edition of the Chicago Manual of Style. The writer should use a writing style with which he or she is comfortable. Research reports, problem-solving articles, and reviews require a more formal style of writing. Memoirs, personal essays, and travel stories may be more casual. We do not expect our authors to be professional writers. Our editors are here to help. However, all articles should be spell-checked and carefully edited by the author. The GFO Bulletin Style Guide may be downloaded below.


Submissions should be submitted in a format that can be edited in a word processing program. A spreadsheet should be used for tables or databases. If you have questions, contact the editors. Please avoid unnecessary formatting, such as columns or line spacing.


All articles must have adequate source citations for statements of fact that are not general knowledge or to attribute ideas or information from other sources. Endnotes should follow the guidelines established in Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills or the Chicago Manual of Style. If you need help, please consult one of the above sources. A template is available at Citation Machine – Chicago. Copyrighted material cannot be used without permission from the copyright holder. Please do not submit images or text taken from the internet or other sources unless you have obtained written permission from the owner. Materials with a Creative Commons or similar license should have adequate attribution.