06 October 2009

NGS Family History Writing Contest: December 31st Deadline

Want to win a great award with many benefits? Then it is time to enter your family history in the NGS Family History Writing Contest! The deadline for submitting is December 31, 2009. The winner receives a certificate as well as prizes with an estimated value of $1500, including travel to and from the NGS Conference and Family History Fair in Salt Lake City April 2010 (not to exceed airfare purchased 60 days before the Conference), up to five nights’ hotel accommodations, complimentary conference registration, and a complimentary banquet ticket.

The family history should be an original work that has not been previously published or submitted elsewhere, covering three to four generations with proper documentation using the NGSQ Numbering System.

The family you select to write about may span any period of American history and must span at least three generations. The progenitor may have been born elsewhere, but he or she must have actually lived in colonial America or the United States. The second and third generations must also have lived in colonial America or the United States. The writer and his or her siblings or spouses may not be included as a member of the third generation.

The paper will be judged on how well the writer demonstrates their research skills by using and analyzing a wide variety of original documents and telling the story by placing the family in the relevant historical context.

This contest is open to NGS members only. Those not eligible to enter the contest include contest judges, NGS officers and directors, NGS staff and their family members, former contest winners, and fellows of the American Society of Genealogists.

For contest details, visit the Awards & Competitions section of the NGS web site.