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Reminder – Early-Bird Entries for ISFHWE 2017 Excellence-in-Writing Competition Due 3/15

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:

  • Category I – Columns.  This is for columns of original content published on a regular basis, in any medium, published in 2016. 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 2016 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 2016. 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  • Category IV – Unpublished Authors.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 The submissions in this category are original and unpublished, between 500 and 2,000 words.
  • Category V – Unpublished material by Published Authors.  This category is for original unpublished genealogy-related articles by previously published authors.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/Song.  This category is for original content (published in 2016 or unpublished) that is related to family history.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 2017. 

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


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 2017 Dallas Genealogical Society Writing Contest

Submissions for the Dallas Genealogical Society 2017 Writing Competition are due by March 31, 2017.  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 2017.

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.

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

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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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