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Ohio Genealogical Society’s Annual Writing Competition for 2017

The annual writing competition for the Ohio Genealogical Society kicked off a few days ago and will run through March 1, 2017.  Both OGS members and non-members are able to compete. Only unpublished entries are eligible.

Each of the winning articles will be considered for publication 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.

Western Michigan Genealogical Society 2017 Writing Contest

The Western Michigan Genealogical Society 2017 Writing Contest kicked off on January 1, 2016 and will run through March 30, 2017.  You do not have to be a WMGS member to enter and there is no entry fee.  Entries must be 1,500 to 3,000 and center around the theme “A Sense of Place,” particularly the Great Lakes Region.

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.

2016 Achievements / 2017 Goals


Well 2016 was certainly better than 2015! And while I only set one goal for myself for 2016, I’m happy to say that I did achieve it, and more.

I declared at the end of 2015 that I wanted to spend more time on my own genealogy. I’ve achieved this in a few different ways. First, I spent time processing mounds of data collected, some stuff dating back to 2008! It’s a slow process and I have much more to do, but I’ve made a dent. Second, I took a few day trips to nearby repositories. In February, I headed to Aurora, Illinois, and spent one day at the library and another at the Aurora Historical Society; I found some great records, which you can read about here. In October, I visited the Illinois Regional Archives Depository at Northern Illinois University, mainly working on my Aurora families. Last month, I headed to the Wisconsin Historical Society Library and Archives to collect a variety of items for different research projects (WHS’s library is comparable to Allen County Public Library and WHS has a great collection of archival materials). All of this work throughout the year is probably more than what I’ve done total over the last few years, so mission accomplished!

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ISFHWE Now Accepting Entries for 2017 Excellence-in-Writing Competition

Entries for the 2017 International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) Excellence-in-Writing Competition are now being accepted.  Submissions are due by June 15, 2017 (a discounted entry fee is offered for entries submitted by March 15, 2017). 

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

Here are the categories for this year:

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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.

Autosomal DNA Test with FTDNA – Lowest Price EVER!

I woke up this morning to find wonderful news in my inbox—Family Tree DNA is offering its Family Finder test (that’s the autosomal DNA test) for $69…yes, you read that right, $69! That’s $30 off and the lowest price I’ve ever seen for an autosomal DNA test—this is mind blowing!! If you’ve been holding off on stocking up on kits, now’s the time to hop on over and get ‘em!

The e-mail also indicated that they have a new feature that can sort your paternal and maternal matches. Here’s what it says: “our new parental phasing tool allows users to further refine DNA matches like never before. The more matches the better, so be sure to tell family and friends and take advantage of this incredible offer.” More reason to stock up on kits and get those relatives tested! Not sure when the sale ends, so stop what you’re doing and place your order, right now!!