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Entries for the 2017 Connecticut Society of Genealogists Literary Awards & Essay Contest Now Being Accepted

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The Connecticut Society of Genealogists is now accepting entries for both the Literary Awards and Essay Contest. Submission deadline for both is July 15, 2017. Winners for both will be notified by September 1, 2017.  Details for each are below.

6th Annual “Tell Me Your Family Story” Essay Contest

This contest is open to anyone; winner receives $100. Entries must relate to New England and not more than 10 pages (double-spaced). Entries could include family stories, oral histories, diary/journal excerpts, Bible record or cemetery marker transcriptions, family histories or traditions, or socioeconomic conditions affecting the life on an ancestor. These essays must convey how it pertains to the author. Click here (opens PDF) for full rules and entry form for this contest.

30th Annual Literary Awards Contest

This contest is open to anyone. Grand prize winner will receive $500. There is a $20 entry fee and two copies of the publications must be submitted. Publications must relate to New England and have been published since within the last five years. Categories for this contest are:

  • Genealogy (begins with someone in the past and works forward in time)
  • Family History (begins with someone living today or recently and works backward in time)
  • Genealogical Resource (could include cemetery abstracts, compilations, court records, etc.)

All entries should include a title page, table of contents, and index. Books should be bound. CDs are acceptable provided they have a fully searchable and easy-to-follow name index with page numbers.  Click here (opens PDF) for full rules and entry form for this contest.


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

Super Sale on DNA Tests – Autosomal Down to $59!

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In honor of National DNA Day, which celebrates the discovery of the DNA helix and completion of the Human Genome Project, Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) has marked down all their DNA tests for one week starting today, April 20, 2017.

The last time I wrote about a big FTDNA sale, the autosomal test was down to $69, the cheapest ever. But they’ve outdone themselves this time as the autosomal Family Finder test is down to $59, yes, $59! Now’s the time to stock up!

Been holding out on the mitochondrial full sequence test? It’s down to $149! And all of the Y-DNA tests are marked down too.

Hurry over to FTDNA to take advantage of this super deal and celebrate National DNA Day!

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Attend Up to 10 NGS 2017 Conference Sessions At Home

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Since 2014, the National Genealogical Society has been offering live streaming of ten sessions (broken down into two tracks) during their annual conference. Although they are streamed live, those who register for one or both of the tracks can watch them live or on-demand at any time during the three months following the conference.

I have registered for one track every year (even in 2015 when I attended the conference) and have been pleased with both the live stream and the on-demand options. Although the price went up a bit this year, I have still registered for one track. This really is a great opportunity for those that can’t make it to the conference, especially because one of the tracks is dedicated to DNA, which is a hot topic right now.

The other nice thing about registering for the live stream/on-demand sessions is that you get a digital copy of the entire conference syllabus—what a bonus!

Here’s what’s on tap for this year:

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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!!