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Guidelines and Referencing for Authors

When writing an article for Ancestor, please refer to this Style Guide for preparation of your publication

Guidelines for Authors

Language and spelling

  • Generally Australian English, as per the Macquarie Dictionary.
  • Please note:
  • Great grandfather etc. (no hyphen)
  • Grand-daughter


  • Use these for:
  • Names of commercial databases
  • Names of ships
  • Names of books, newspapers, magazines and journals
  • Foreign language words
  • Do not use for: Text quotations


  • Use this for:
  • Website addresses
  • Email addresses


  • Use single quotation marks for short quotations (under 30 – 35 words), which are included in the text.
  • Use double quotation marks for a quote within a quote.
  • Longer quotations should be indented as a block quotation. The font size of the quotation should be one unit less than main text (e.g., 11 font v 12 font). No quotation marks are required. Introduce indented text with a colon.
  • Always reference your block quotation by inserting an end-note immediately after the end of the block quotation. Use Arabic numerals for end-notes.
  • Insert a one line space before and after the block quotation.


  • Leave a space between paragraphs but don’t indent them.
  • Use a single space after commas, colons, semicolons and at the end of sentences..


  • Write dates as 3 September 1803 etc. i.e. simple number, not 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc.
  • Give the month and year in full. Except for direct quotes when original must be maintained. 1800s, not 1800’s etc.
  • Write the numbers one to twenty as words unless part of a measurement.
  • If at the start of a sentence, write in full or recast the sentence.

Weights and measures

  • Use those appropriate to the time and place with an equivalent in brackets if required.

Titles of articles 

  • Use maximum capitalisation (title case).
  • As a general guide, all words except the following should be capitalised
  • - The conjunctions ‘and’, ‘but’, ‘or’, ‘nor’.
  • - Short prepositions such as ‘with’, ‘to’, ‘for’, ‘at’, ‘by’ etc.
  • - The articles ‘a’, ‘an’, ‘the’, ‘some’ Example: Shame in the Family

Titles of references in endnotes

  • - Minimum capitalisation, i.e., capitalise only the first word and proper nouns.

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