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Winners Announced for the 2014 GENEii Family History Writers Contest

A big congratulations to all the winners of the Southern California Genealogical Society’s 2014 GENEii Family History Writers Contest.  Below is the list of winners in each of the two categories.  Winning entries will be published in The Searcher, which is the quarterly journal of SCGS.  Also, be thinking about entries for the 2015 GENEii contest, which will start on November 1, 2015.

Category 1: submissions from 1,000 to 2,000 words

  • First Place: “Jonathan Emery ” – Adrienne Boaz of Oxford, Michigan
  • Second Place: “My Grandmother is My Guru” – Kelly Hirt of Snoqualmie, Washington
  • Third Place: “Childhood’s Last Stand ” – Lauren Reynolds of Bel Air, Maryland
  • Runner Up: “At the Crossroads” – Amy Gordon of Gill, Massachusetts
  • Honorable Mention: “Boca De La Playa” – Joyce Roberson of West Hills, California
  • Honorable Mention: “Veiled Grace” – Cathy Wilson of Huntington Beach, California

Category 2: submissions under 1,000 words

  • First Place: “Patrol Boat Stop on the Mekong River” – Michelle Robin La of Santa Barbara, California
  • Second Place: “Under the Sun” – Kharis Adirahsetio of Sidoarjo, East Java, Indonesia
  • Third Place: “My Great-Grandmother, Isabella” – Cassie Shehadeh of Monrovia, California
  • Runner Up: “A Sprig of Life” – Jeremy Flood of Summerville, South Carolina
  • Honorable Mention: “The Little Engine that Could” – Erika Hoffman of Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Honorable Mention: “Uncovering Dad’s Secret History” – Fred Land of West Lake Village, California

Writing-Related Sessions at NGS 2015

The National Genealogical Society 2015 Family History Conference will be held in St. Charles, Missouri, from May 13-16, 2015.  There are so many sessions available, covering a wide array of topics.  Following is a list of the writing-related sessions.  There aren’t as many as there have been in years past.  The entire schedule can be found on the NGS Conference website.

Wednesday, May 13

  • Principles of Good Writing and Good Storytelling (John Philip Colletta, 11 AM)

Thursday, May 14

  • Genealogical Research & Writing: Are You a Saint, Sinner, or Bumfuzzled Soul? (Elizabeth Shown Mills, 2:30 PM)

Saturday, May 16

  • Sharing Your Family History (Pamela Boyer Sayre, 9:30 AM)
  • Out of the Computer and Onto the Shelf: Self-Publishing with Lulu (Patricia Jordan Roberts, 11 AM)

All of these are on my list to attend.  Do you plan on attending any of these sessions?  What other conference sessions are you looking forward to attending?

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.

Writing-Related Sessions at RootsTech 2015

The RootsTech 2015 Conference will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 12-14, 2015.  The early registration deadline ends today, so if you haven’t registered yet, head over and do so to save some $$$.

Since one of my passions is writing, I always try to compile a list of writing-related sessions at the major genealogy conferences.  So here’s the list for RootsTech 2015, along with the topics related to preservation, since these topics sometimes go hand-in-hand.  The full schedule can be viewed here.  If you are attending the 2015 FGS Conference in conjunction with RootsTech, you might also want to review my post Writing-Related Sessions at the 2015 FGS Conference.

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Writing-Related Sessions at the 2015 FGS Conference

The Federation of Genealogical Societies 2015 Conference will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 11-14, 2015.  The early registration deadline has been extended to Monday, January 26, so if you haven’t registered yet, head over and do so to save some $$$.

Since one of my passions is writing, I always try to compile a list of writing-related sessions at the major genealogy conferences.  So here’s the list for FGS 2015, along with the topics related to preservation, since these topics sometimes go hand-in-hand.  The full schedule can be viewed here.  If you are attending RootsTech in conjunction with the FGS conference, you might also want to review my post Writing-Related Sessions at RootsTech 2015.

Wednesday, February 11

  • Printed vs. Online Publishing for Societies (Donna M. Moughty, 4:00 PM) [Although this is targeted at societies, I have seen this lecture and Donna presents wonderful information you can use related to your own work.]

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