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Entries Are Being Accepted for Minnesota Genealogical Society 2015 Family History Writing Competition

Submissions are now being accepted for the Minnesota Genealogical Society 2015 Family History Writing Competition.  Entries are due by 28 June 2015.  You do not have to be a member of MGS to enter, nor do entries have to relate to Minnesota.  Entries, however, must not have been previously published and must fall into one of the following to categories:

  • Problem-Solving
  • Family Story

For additional information and rules, see Contest Rules (opens a PDF).  The entry form can be found here (opens a Word document).


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

Back Issues of the Quarterly Publication of the State Historical Society of Iowa Available Online FREE

SHSIWow!  I just received an email from the State Historical Society of Iowa explaining that the back issues of The Annals of Iowa are available online and are searchable.  I am not a member of this organization and I was able to access everything I found in the archives (I could spend days checking this out!!).  It looks like they have everything dating back to the publication’s start in 1863 all the way through 2014 (there appears to be a gap between 1884 and 1893, perhaps publication seized for a time?).  From what I gather, the current year will remain a print publication available through a subscription or a Heritage Circle membership with SHSI.  Below is the announcement I received.


SHSI is delighted to announce back issues of The Annals of Iowa  (1863-1884, 1893-2014) are now available on-line in a fully searchable format.

The Annals is a quarterly, peer-reviewed scholarly journal of history published by the State Historical Society of Iowa beginning in 1863. Now, researchers, students and others interested in back issues of The Annals can review entire issues or search for keywords using the new on-line service.

Meanwhile, current issues continue to be printed. The Spring 2015 issue focuses on the experiences of working women and labor issues in Cedar Rapids at the turn of the 20th Century, and is expected to be in mailboxes soon.

Crestleaf.com’s Guess My Family Heritage Blogathon Contest

Crestleaf is holding a fun contest for bloggers.  We are to post a family photo and have readers guess the family’s heritage.  So here’s my photo (okay, two photos)…can you guess the heritage?  Post your guess in the comments of this post.  To enter the contest yourself, visit http://crestleaf.com/blog/enter-win-guess-family-heritage-blogathon-contest/ for details.

No hints, except to say that the photos are the same two people, the first as children, the second as young men.

Photo1          Photo2