Julie's Genealogy & History Hub

Julie's Genealogy & History Hub -

Preserve the Pensions Project Reaches $2M Mark

2015 Fundraising Status

Early today I received a press release from the Federation of Genealogical Societies announcing that over $2 million has been raised for the Preserve the Pensions project.  This fundraising effort is making it possible to digitize (and SAVE) 7.2 million pages of War of 1812 pension records.  These records will be available for free, always!  As money is raised, these records are being processed and made available at Fold3 (currently, surnames A to M are complete).  You can find more details in the press release below.

Continue reading

Western Michigan Genealogical Society 2016 Writing Contest

The Western Michigan Genealogical Society 2016 Writing Contest kicked off on January 1, 2016 and will run through March 30, 2016.  You do not have to be a WMGS member to enter and there is no entry fee.  Entries must be structured around the theme “Event in History & How It Affected Your Family.”

Winning entries will be published in Michigana.  Winning authors will be awarded a monetary prize as follows:

  • 1st place – $100 and an annual WMGS membership
  • 2nd place – $75 and an annual WMGS membership
  • 3rd place – $50
  • 4th place – $25

Winners will be announce in May.

Full details on the contest can be found here (opens a PDF).


Need some convincing to write about your genealogy research?  See my post 4 Reasons to Convert Your Genealogy Research Into Writing.

Entries Are Being Accepted for the 2016 Dallas Genealogical Society Writing Contest

Submissions for the Dallas Genealogical Society 2016 Writing Competition are due by March 31, 2016.  You do not have to be a DGS member to enter and articles do not necessarily have to relate to the Dallas area.

Articles are to be 1,500-5,000 words in length, unpublished, and should fall into one of the following categories:

  • advanced methodologies and case studies (not limited by geography)
  • family histories and genealogies, linked to North Texas*, including those who came from or left to settle elsewhere
  • historical events in North Texas* with a local family connection
  • ethnic, house, or military histories related to North Texas*

*see official rules for definition of North Texas

Monetary prizes will be awarded as follows:

  • First Place – $500
  • Second Place – $300
  • Third Place – $150

Winners will be announced in May.

Complete details, including rules and submission guidelines, can be found here (opens a PDF).


Need some convincing to write about your genealogy research?  See my post 4 Reasons to Convert Your Genealogy Research Into Writing.

What Genealogist Doesn’t Love a Good White Board?

wb

With the help of two Amazon gift cards for Christmas, I finally purchased a white board.  While I do have some wall space in my new home office, I prefer mobile white boards so that I can move them around, and they often have a double-sided white board (some have a white board on one side and a bulletin board on the other) so you get a two-for-one deal. 

I placed my order on Sunday, January 3, and it arrived safely on Friday, January 8.  My husband and I assembled it yesterday.  I took a quick picture and posted it to Facebook, and had a few comments and IMs asking about it.  So instead of replying to each person, I figured I’d write a blog post, because what genealogist doesn’t love a good white board?

The model I purchased is Luxor L340.  It’s a double-sided magnetic white board that’s 4′  wide by 3′  high (the assembled height is just over 5′), with wheels (two locking) for easy mobility.  I paid $245.99 (the current price is $249.99), which is a bargain since mobile white boards of this size can run in the $500-600 range. 

Continue reading

Ohio Genealogical Society’s Annual Writing Competition for 2016

The annual writing competition for the Ohio Genealogical Society kicked off a few days ago and will run through March 1, 2016.  Both OGS members and non-members are able to compete.  Only unpublished entries are eligible.

Each of the winning articles will be published in either the Ohio Genealogical Society Quarterly or the Ohio Genealogical Society News.  Monetary prizes will also be awarded as follows:

  • $50 Grand Prize – article with the highest overall score in either category
  • $25 – next highest score, awarded in each category
  • $15 – next highest score, awarded in each category

All of the competition details can be found on the OGS website.


Need some convincing to write about your genealogy research?  See my post 4 Reasons to Convert Your Genealogy Research Into Writing.

Oklahoma Genealogical Society’s 2016 Family History Writing Contest

Entries will be accepted January 1, 2016 to March 1, 2016 for the Oklahoma Genealogical Society’s 2016 Family History Writing Contest.  Everyone is invited to enter; there is no entry fee and you do not have to be a member of the society.  Submissions must be original, unpublished, and less than 2,500 words.

Complete rules, along with the entry form, can be found at the society’s website

Good luck!


Need some convincing to write about your genealogy research?  See my post 4 Reasons to Convert Your Genealogy Research Into Writing.

2015 Achievements / 2016 Goals

ID-10026029

Despite the craziness of 2015, I did manage to accomplish all of the goals I set for the year.

First, I wanted to publish at least two articles, beyond a “part 2” article that was to be published earlier in the year.  I only managed to publish an additional article for a total of two, and given the year I’ve had, I’m considering this goal satisfied.  Here are the two articles I had published this year

  • “Educational Opportunities in Genealogy: Part 2,” published in the Jan-Mar 2015 issue of NGS Magazine (National Genealogical Society).
  • “Infiltrate the Web Using Public Profiles,” published in the December 2015 issue of  APG Quarterly.

Continue reading