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Reminder – Entries for the NGS Family History Writing Contest are Due 12/31/16

Don’t forget, entries for this year’s National Genealogical Society’s Family History Writing Contest are due by December 31, 2016.  This annual contest is open to NGS members. 

The winner receives a trip to the next NGS conference and their manuscript may be published in the NGS Quarterly

This competition is a BIG DEAL so don’t delay!

All the details can be found here.

ISFHWE Now Accepting Entries for 2016 Excellence-in-Writing Competition

Entries for the 2016 International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) Excellence-in-Writing Competition are now being accepted.  Submissions are due by June 15, 2016 (a discounted entry fee is offered for entries submitted by March 15, 2016). 

Both ISFHWE members and non-members are allowed to enter the competition. 

Here are the categories for this year:

  • Category I – Columns.  This is for columns of original content published on a regular basis, in any medium, published in 2015. Each entry must consist of 2,000 words or less. These are entries from the author’s regular column, not features.
  • Category II – Articles.  These one-time articles (not part of the author’s column) must have been published in 2015 in a journal, magazine, newsletter, blog, or website. Entries cannot exceed 5,000 words.
  • Category III – Genealogy Newsletters.  This category is for society or family association newsletters published in 2015. Entries should consist of two issues, each submitted as a single file in PDF format. The judging will be based on originality, content, visual appeal, writing and editing quality, and accuracy. The award is to the editor of the publication.
  • Category IV – Unpublished Authors.  Entrants in this category aspire to be published writers or columnists in the field of genealogy, family or local history. The submissions in this category are original and unpublished, between 500 and 2,000 words.
  • Category V – Unpublished material by Published Authors.  This category is for original unpublished genealogy-related articles by previously published authors. Entries should be between 500 and 3,000 words.
  • Category VI – Poetry.  This category is for original content (published in 2015 or unpublished) that is related to family history.  Entries should be no longer than 1,000 words and have a title.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners of each category.  Winners will be announced in the fall of 2016. 

Complete details, including rules, judging criteria, entry fees, and the entry form, can be found here (will open a PDF file).

All-Star Lineup at DuPage County Genealogical Society Conference, March 12, 2016

The annual conference of the DuPage County Genealogical Society (DCGS) will be held Saturday, March 12, 2016 in Naperville, Illinois, and features an All-Star lineup of speakers:  Judy G. Russell, Lisa A. Alzo, Antje Petty, and Katherine R. Willson.  Here’s a look at the lectures:

  • Judy G. Russell
    • ABCs of DNA
    • Beyond X and Y: The Promise and Pitfalls of Autosomal DNA Testing
    • ‘’Don’t forget the Ladies” – A Genealogist’s Guide to Women and the Law
    • Where There Is—or Isn’t—A Will
  • Lisa A. Alzo
    • Tracing You Immigrant Ancestors
    • Beginning Slovak Genealogy
    • Ten Ways to Jumpstart Your Eastern European Research
    • Crossing the Pond: Successful Strategies for Researching Eastern European Ancestors
  • Antje Petty
    • Introduction to German Genealogy
    • Working with Documents in America and Germany
    • Using German and European Online Resources for Your Family Research
    • German Genealogy on the Other Side of the Atlantic
  • Katherine R. Willson
    • Locating Living Relatives: Where, Why & How
    • They Did What?!?!? Finding Archived Articles About Your Ancestors
    • How to Begin Researching Your Family Tree
    • Writing Down the Bones: Printing Your Family History

Registration is $55 for DCGS members and $65 for non-members.  Lunch is included in the registration fee.  There will also be genealogy vendors and door prizes.

For additional information about the conference or to register, visit the annual conference page on the DCGS website.

2015 ISFHWE Excellence-In-Writing Competition Winners Announced

The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors is proud to announce the winners of the 2015 Excellence-in-Writing Competition.  The winners are:

Category 1 – Columns

  • 1st Place – Ernest Thode, Ask Ernie
  • 2nd Place – James M. Beidler, Roots & Branches: Painful, poignant visit to mentor’s grave
  • 3rd Place – Maureen Wlodarczyk, Genealogy: It’s not a tree or a chart…it’s a story!
  • Honorable Mention – Michael McKeag, Where to Finish? 1 – My Family History
  • Honorable Mention – Carolyn Leonard, When the Cheering Stopped – the last years of Woodrow Wilson

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