About Western Ancestor

1. The Western Ancestor

2020 Vol 14 No 11 Sept  Cover

 (Volume 14 No 11 September 2020)

 The primary publication and the official journal, of the Western Australian Genealogical Society Inc, trading as FamilyHistoryWA.

 Our Journal is a financial membership entitlement. 

 Western Ancestor is mailed via Australia Post, following printing and packaging every four months.

 There are three editions each year, published in March, July and November.

 To buy this journal separately, the cover price is A$10.00.

NEW: PDF Online only subscriptions now available HERE  

Members, and non-members alike, are encouraged to submit suitable articles, large and/or small, for publication, and over the years Western Ancestor  has maintained a high standard of interesting, and varied, articles related to all things genealogical.

Please contact the Editors if you would like to submit an item for publication.

2. The Editors

Dr Lesley Silvester and Mike Murray
6/48 May Street
Western Australia, 6053
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3. Western Ancestor back issues2005-3-v9-9

Back copies are available on the website, in the members only area (MOA). Volumes 01 to 06 only are available to the public to view. (Not all issues are available as yet). 

See: Western Ancestor back issues.

3.1. Index to Volumes 1 - 8 (1989-2002)

This index is in pdf format and can be searched using Cntrl F.

4. Awards Won by Western Ancestor

The Western Ancestor has been the recipient of a number of awards for the best Genealogical Society journal in both Australasian and Overseas categories.

In September 2020 we learned that the December 2019 issue of Western Ancestor had won the prestigious Nick Vine Hall Award in the Category for Large Organisations. This followed a couple of years as runner-up.

You can read the details of earlier awards in Our Award Winning Journal

5. Journal Only Subscription

Available to non-members:
        Within Australia    A$45.00 p.a.  
Download the Journal Only Subscription Form:

pdfWestern Ancestor - Journal Only subscription form 

 or, Subscribe via FamilyHistoryWA Online Shop:  FHWA Online Shop - Western Ancestor Journal Subscription

6. Genealogical Queries

May be published in the Western Ancestor.

FHWA members are entitled to 2 free entries per year, with additional entries A$5.00 each.
Non-members will be asked to pay A$10.00 per entry.

[The above fees for queries are subject to annual revision.]

7. Closing Dates

Journal Edition  Closing Date
 March  20 January
 July  20 May
 November  20 September

[Editors reserve the right to change closing dates when & if necessary]

8. Submission of Articles

8.1. Contributors' guide - please download this and read carefully!


8.2. Submission by email (preferred)

Your contributions to Western Ancestor are very welcome. Please follow the criteria below, as much as possible:

Please don't let the above criteria put you off submitting articles, as our editors are happy to work with you to get an article ready for publication. Thank you for your cooperation, and please don't hesitate to ask for help.

8.3. Hand deliver or post

Typed hard copy or digital copy on thumb drive.

Submissions can be placed in the compartment marked ‘Editor' in Unit 4 at the FHWA Library, handed in at our Library, or posted to The Editor, 6/48 May Street, Bayswater, Western Australia 6053.

Typed contributions are welcome, but suitable long articles may take longer to be published.

Contributions will, generally, not be accepted after the announced closing date. Whatever way it is sent, any suitable item [either an article, photograph, or advert] received after the closing date, may appear in a later journal.

9. Advertising 

The Western Ancestor welcomes the opportunity to publish advertisments relating to all goods and services involved in family history research and genealogy. For submission, please follow the criteria above where applicable. 

More detailed specs (size and format) can be downloaded herepdfAdvertising rates and specs

Advertising rates are as follows.

Inside journal - full colour:

One eighth page $A50
Quarter page $A100
Half page (Vert or Horiz) $A200
Full page (includes bleed) $A400

[10% Discount given if booking same advert in two or more editions]

[20% Discount for financial members]
Closing dates and advertising rates are subject to change - regular contributors notified.
Electronic invoices are issued for your convenience, and you can pay via internet banking facilities. Please contact the editor if you wish to pay another way.

10. Puzzling Pics

Do you have photographs containing unknown people - maybe family members? Or photographs which don't belong to you - which you would like to pass on? Then Puzzling Pics...Can you help? in Western Ancestor could help solve your dilemma. Contributions are welcome, and there is no charge. Please note the following conditions:

Photo format - jpg or similar
File size limit - 1 Mb - or sent via YouSendIt or similar.
Scanned - in email or attached to email.
Word limit - between 70-100 words.
Entry limit - 2 photos per Journal issue.

Members and non-members may submit photos.

There is no charge.

Editor reserves the right to change condition/s at any time.

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Contributions via Australia Post to:
The Editor
6/48 May Street
Bayswater, Western Australia, 6053

Contributions can also be left at our Library - clearly marked Att: Editor Puzzling Pics 

Please contact the Editor, via email at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   for further information about any of the content on this web page.

Last Updated on Saturday, 05 June 2021 12:04