NGS: Two contests set

The National Genealogical Society has announced two competitions, one for writing and the other for newsletters.

The submission deadline for both the NGS Family History Writing Contest and Newsletter Competition is December 31. Only NGS members (individual or organizational) may participate.

For the Family History Writing Contest, the winner receives a certificate and prizes (estimated value $1,500), including travel to and from the NGS Conference and Family History Fair in Salt Lake City set for April 2010. up to five nights’ hotel, free conference registration and free banquet ticket. Travel has some restrictions, so see the website for details.

What is NGS looking for?

– An original work not previously published or submitted elsewhere, covering three to four generations with proper documentation using the NGSQ Numbering System.

– Time period: Early American or later-immigrant. For early American, the progenitor may have been born elsewhere, but he and his descendants must have lived in Colonial America and/or the US. For a later-immigrant family genealogy, first and second generations may have been born elsewhere, but must have immigrated and lived in the US. The writer may be included as a third generation member, but not earlier.

– Criteria: Based on how well the writer demonstrates his or her 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.

For all the details: Click the Awards & Competitions section of the NGS web site.

The NGS Newsletter Competition has the same December 31 deadline. and is for genealogical or historical societies which produce outstanding newsletters. Societies must be organizational NGS members.

There are three levels: (1) Major genealogical society newsletter, (2) local or county genealogical or historical society newsletter, or (3) family association newsletter. Three copies of two consecutive issues from the current year (2009) must be submitted along with the completed entry form.

Winner will receive a certificate, one-year NGS membership, and will be featured in an NGS Magazine article. Runner-up will receive a certificate and be featured in the NGS Magazine. Winners will be announced at the Opening Session of the NGS Conference and Family History Fair in Salt Lake City, on April 28, 2010.

For all the details, click the Awards & Competitions section of the NGS web site
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