Society Publications

The Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society regularly produces two publications.

Tree Tips

Our monthly membership newsletter has articles, columns, and helpful information about Society activities. It previews the topic and speaker for each month’s membership meeting and includes a calendar of events. Current and past issues are available to members and non-members

Ancestors West

Subscriptions to Ancestors West are a benefit of Society membership, however digital copies are available to anyone. Past issues are available in print to read or purchase at our Sahyun Genealogical Library.

Current Issue

Ancestors West Article Deadline:
February 1, 2024 for Winter issue

Guidelines for submissions are on the inside back cover of all Ancestors West editions.

Your submission in a Microsoft Word document can be from 500 to 2,500 words.

PDFs or files containing hyperlinks (e.g., Google Docs, websites, etc.) cannot be used.

Photos should be JPGs at high resolution and submitted separately.
After writing the story, wait a few days to see if you want to edit it before submitting it.  If your story involves other family members, get their input and then send the FINAL version!

Send to: Kristin Ingalls

Each issue we give you a suggested theme, although all stories are welcome. Here are some ideas for the upcoming issues of Ancestors West.

The theme for the Winter issue is

Our next issue will take a sharp turn from witches – to TECHNOLOGY. Many of our members who do not come to the library regularly may not know that there are a number of paid subscription sites for them to use in the library. They are listed on our website and we are sure you will find some of interest to use in your research.

In addition to those sites, some of our very creative members have found other websites and some magical things to do with them. If YOU have discovered a great website or application or other magic, send that along and we will include that in the next issue. It does not have to be a long article: Just the Facts will do!

We eagerly await what you have to share. We welcome suggestions for future editions too.

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