Family History Writing Competition

It’s not too late to think about entering the MGS Family History Writing Competition. The deadline is 15 July 2014.

The contest is actually sponsored by an MGS branch, the Yankee Genealogical Society. They support the competition in memory of Michael Clark, their past president whose example as a writer encouraged all to preserve family history.

Two awards are offered:

  1. Problem-solving article, demonstrating research and source documention ; and
  2. Family story, engaging the reader in persons, place and time.

I very likely wouldn’t be writing this blog if I hadn’t entered the contest a few years ago. In 2010 I received “honorable mention” for my story about the Quinn family. The positive experience spurred me to enter again in 2011 with a story about the Hickeys and “The Cottage on Lake Minnetonka.” I won! More importantly,  my research about my husband’s Irish Quinn and Hickey ancestors was documented for future generations.

Research is exciting, but how valuable are your discoveries to your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews? Names and dates on family trees may not mean much to them – until you put some flesh on the bones of your family history by writing about the people and their lives.

You have nothing to lose by writing and submitting your story. You don’t even have to be an MGS member to enter. (In fact, I know at least one of the winners was not.) Everyone receives feedback from the judges which can help you improve your story even if you’re not a contest winner.

Contest rules and entry form can be found at the MGS website:


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