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Author Guidelines for Family History Books

IHS Press family history editors encourage scholars, journalists and freelance writers to contribute manuscripts that are solidly researched, attractively written and amenable to illustration for family history books. Family history books include: research guides about libraries, archives and other repositories and/or archived collections that would be highly useful for persons interested in Indiana and Midwestern history and/or genealogical research and histories or nonfiction stories of ethnic groups that live in Indiana including immigration stories. Topics may also include personal narrative, family, cultural heritage and folklore with a particular focus on providing historical context for genealogical research.

The editors require that manuscripts for potential publication be written in clear and appealing prose and in complete sentences free of jargon and undefined technical terms. Authors should avoid passive voice, lengthy quotations and one-sentence paragraphs.

A contract will be issued to an author on acceptance of a book-length manuscript. IHS shall own the copyright in books or book-length material that it finances and/or publishes. Submission of a manuscript by an author or receipt of a manuscript by IHS Press should not in any way be construed as an obligation by IHS Press to publish a manuscript.

Address all correspondence to:

M. Teresa Baer
Managing Editor, Family History Publications
Indiana Historical Society Press
Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center
450 West Ohio Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-3269
(317) 234-0071