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Book Review – Guide to Genealogical Writing

GuidetoGenWritingTitle:  Guide to Genealogical Writing

Authors:  Penelope L. Stratton and Henry B. Hoff

Format:  Paperback

Published:  2014

Synopsis:  (from NEHGS website)  Whether you are new to genealogy or have been researching for years, this improved edition of our bestselling “writing guide” will help you present your findings in writing.  Using examples from NEHGS’s award-winning publications, our experts show you how to write your family history clearly and accurately—from building a genealogical sketch to adding images to indexing.  An appendix on genealogical style covers alternate spellings of names, when and how to use lineage lines, how to include adopted children and stepchildren, aspects of double dating, and other issues faced by genealogical writers.  This update of Genealogical Writing in the 21st Century is a must-have for anyone interested in sharing their research!

My Rating: 

This book caught my attention before it was even published and I of course had to get my order in early so that when it was published, I’d be among the first to receive a copy.  Although this is considered an update to Genealogical Writing in the 21st Century (second edition published in 2006), I tend to disagree, only because I feel it is its own book.  While there is some topical overlap between the two books, each is written and organized differently. 

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SCGS GENEii Writing Contest Underway for 2014

It’s that time again!  The Southern California Genealogical Society’s 15th Annual GENEii Writing Contest is now underway.  Entries will be accepted from now until December 31, 2014.  You do not have to be a member of SCGS to enter, nor does your submission have to relate to California.  Entries must be family or local history articles, memoirs, or character sketches, which may or may not have been previously published.

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Reminder – Entries for the NGS Family History Writing Contest are Due 12/31/15

Don’t forget, entries for this year’s National Genealogical Society’s Family History Writing Contest are due by December 31, 2015.  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.


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