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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Congratulations to all the winners!

Last night I received word that my article “Getting You Pointed in the Right Direction" which was published in the “Society Pages” December 2013 edition won an honorable mention from the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE).  The Society Pages is the regular column I write for the Going In-Depth magazine about lineage societies. 

This is the 2nd honorable mention I have received from the ISFHWE.  Last year I was awarded an honorable mentionfor my article published in the December 2012 issue of Family Tree Magazine titled “Testing The DNA Waters: How to Get Started With Genetic Genealogy And DNA Research.”

I am thrilled to have been recognized by the ISFHWE as there is always stiff competition each year.  Can’t wait to see what happens next year!

Congratulations again to all the winners.  You are amazing writers!

The following announcement was written by the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE):

The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors is proud to announce the winners of the 2014 Excellence-in-Writing Competition. The winners are:

Category 1 – Columns
1st Place – Shelley K. Bishop “The Legacy of Mary Comfort Eberhard”
2nd Place – Nancy Ann Calhoun “People can ‘flesh out’ genealogy at library”
3rd Place – Maureen K. Wlodarczyk “Precious Paper in the Digital World”
Honorable Mention – Shannon Combs-Bennett “Getting You Pointed in the Right Direction”
Honorable Mention – Michelle Roos Goodrum “Using Social Media to Enrich Stories of the Family Home”
Honorable Mention – Carolyn Schotts “Fading Family Roots”

Category 2 – Articles
1st Place – Schelly Talalay Dardashti “The Other Side of Jewish Genealogy: Learn how to get started exploring your Sephardic roots”
2nd Place – Shelley K. Bishop “Turning Forests into Farms: the George Clark Family of Licking and Delaware Counties, Ohio
3rd Place – Mari Margaret McLean, PhD “Finding Maxa Ann Hadden and Mr. McLean: Serendipity and the Brick Wall”
Honorable Mention – Smiljka Kitanovic “Appreciating Genealogy Angels”
Honorable Mention – Carolyn B. Leonard “Early Settlement Leaves Quiet Legacy”
Honorable Mention – Chip Rowe “Who Was Joel Holcomb of Wallingford, Connecticut”

Category 3 – Genealogy Newsletters
1st Place – Patricia Mansfield Phelan “Irish Family History Forum”
2nd Place – James M. Beidler “Der Kurier” – newsletter of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society
3rd Place – Kay Waterloo “Goodrich Family Association Quarterly”
Honorable Mention – Carolyn B. Leonard “Dutch Cousins”

Category 4 – Unpublished Authors
1st Place – Shirley McKenzie “Sylvira Said ‘They burned My House’- June 1864, Silver Springs, MS”
2nd Place – Robbi J. Ryan “A Strong Will to Live”

Category 5 – Unpublished Material by Published Authors
1st Place – Rondie Yancey “Murder at the Post Office: One Family’s Tragedy”
2nd Place – Leslie Tichenor Mason “Create a Colorful Picture of Your Ancestors from a Grey Palette of Facts”
3rd Place – Marie Navarro “Fighting on Both Sides of the Alamo”
Honorable Mention – Kenneth R. Castle, PhD “Eden Booth, a Tale of Westward Migration”
Honorable Mention – Sherri Hessick “Al Allan Alton William Wade Wendergren Westman”
Honorable Mention – Barbara Lee “Carolyn 1947-1947 – Hanford Nuclear Site and a Baby’s Death”
Honorable Mention – Chip Rowe “What Happened to Boyd?”
Honorable Mention – Jodie Lynn Strait “William Henry Hunt: An Original Texter”

Category 6 – Poetry
1st Place – Smiljka Kitanovic “River Journey”
2nd Place – Marie Navarro “Another Day, Another Time”
3rd Place – Andrea Ramsey “Young Girl”
Honorable Mention – Kenneth R. Castle, PhD “There Once Was a Man…”
Honorable Mention – Paul K. Graham, CG, AG “Genealogy Standards: A Poem”
Honorable Mention – Nicole Gilkison LaRue “To My Isa…”
Honorable Mention – Darcie Hind Posz, CG “Generations”

Address questions to

Details on the 2015 Competition will be released shortly. The competition will open on 1 October. Details may be obtained on the website at

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