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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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Entries Are Being Accepted for the 2015 Dallas Genealogical Society Writing Contest

Submissions for the Dallas Genealogical Society 2015 Writing Competition are due by April 30, 2015.  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Articles are to be 1,500-5,000 words in length, unpublished, and should fall into one of the following categories: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 July.

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 2015

The annual writing competition for the Ohio Genealogical Society kicked off a few days ago and will run through March 1, 2015.  Both OGS members and non-members are able to compete.  Only unpublished entries are eligible and must fit the criteria of either the Ohio Genealogical Society Quarterly or the Ohio Genealogical Society News

Each of the winning articles will be published 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.

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.