Tuesday, October 28, 2014

ISFHWE 2015 Excellence-in-Writing Competition is now open for entries through 15 June 2015.

International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE)
Website: ISFHWE.org

The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) is reminding writers IN ALL MEDIA (magazines, newspapers, journals, websites, blogs) that the 2015 Excellence-in-Writing Competition is now open for entries through 15 June 2015. 
The competition is open to both MEMBERS and NON-MEMBERS of ISFHWE; both published and non-published authors may enter (see category list below). Members of ISFHWE receive a discount on the entry fee (after logging in to the ISFHWE members’ corner; new members allow up to ten days to receive login information). The categories are:

Category I – Columns. This is for columns of original content, published on a regular basis, in any medium, published in 2014. Each entry must consist of 2,000 words or fewer. These are entries from the author’s regular column-not features. Note that these may be print or online columns (including blogs).
Category II -- Articles. These one-time articles (not part of the author’s column) must have been published in 2014 in a journal, magazine, newsletter, blog or website. Entries cannot exceed 5,000 words. Note that these may be print or online articles, including GUEST entries on a blog. Footnotes are not included in the word count.

Category III – Genealogy Newsletter. This category is for society or family association newsletters published in
2014. Entries should consist of two issues, each submitted as a single file in PDF format. The judging will be based on originality, content, visual appeal, writing and editing quality, and accuracy. The award is to the editor of the publication. These may be print or online newsletters. The once-a-year newsletters usually sent at Christmas do not qualify for this competition as two issues from the same calendar year are needed.
Category IV –Unpublished Authors. Entrants in this category aspire to be published writers or columnists in the field of genealogy, family or local history. The submissions in this category are original and unpublished, between 500 and 2,000 words. Since these are UNPUBLISHED, blogs are not eligible for this category. The articles should be unpublished at the time they were submitted to the competition.

Category V– Unpublished material - Published Authors. This category is for original unpublished genealogically related articles by previously published authors. Entries should be between 500 and 3,000 words. Since these are UNPUBLISHED, blogs are not eligible for this category. The articles should be unpublished at the time they were submitted to the competition.

Category VI – Poetry. This category is for original content (published in 2014 or unpublished), that is related to family history. Entries should be no longer than 1000 words and have a title. This may include song lyrics (music is not judged).

Winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd) in each category will be awarded a cash prize and a certificate. Certificates may be awarded for Honorable Mentions. The awards will be announced in September 2015.

Entries must be submitted in PDF, Word, WordPerfect, or JPG format by e-mail in time to meet this deadline. Please note: Footnotes will not count toward word count.  Send entries to:  Competition@ISFHWE.org

Appropriate entry fee(s) - and membership dues to receive the discount - may be paid via PayPal on the ISFHWE website at ISFHWE.org
Full information on the competition is available on the ISFHWE website in the “2015 Excellence-in-Writing Competition - Information and Online Entry Form” link, which leads to: http://www.isfhwe.org/competition.php

For questions, contact the Competition Coordinator at: Competition@ISFHWE.org

Mark your calendars - Green Valley Genealogical Society announces Judy Russell as their seminar speaker Feb 2015

Saturday, February 21, 2015   9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Green Valley Genealogical Society, Valley Presbyterian Church, 2800 S. Camino del Sol, Green Valley.
SEMINAR: "GENEALOGY and THE LAW" by Judy Russell, Certified Genealogical Lecturer

TOPICS: That First Trip to the Courthouse: Not everything is available online.  How to prepare, what to expect, what to ask for, and how to be sure you'll be welcomed back are explored in this lecture.
Don't Forget the Ladies – A Genealogist's Guide to Women and the Law: In early America, women were relegated to “protected” – second-class – status.  Understanding how they were treated under the law provides clues to finding their identities today.
From Blackstone to the Statutes at Large – How Knowing the Law Makes Us Better Genealogists: To understand why our ancestors did what they did, we need to understand the law that governed their lives in so many ways.
Beyond X and Y -- The Promise and Pitfalls of Autosomal DNA Testing: Learn more about this exciting addition to the toolkit of 21st century genealogists.

Judy Russell is a genealogist with a law degree. She is a Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogical Lecturer who lectures on a wide variety of genealogical topics, ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing.  Judy currently serves as a Trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, and she is a member of the National Genealogical Society, the Association of Professional Genealogists, and several state genealogical societies. She has also written extensively for several national publications.

The seminar fee is $35 for members, $40 for non-members.  Registration is required, byFebruary 7. More information and a registration form will soon be posted on our website (www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~azgvgs/, or just Google "azgvgs"). Questions may be directed to Linda Hanson at (520)396-3701 (e-mail: hanson_24013@)msn.com).

Friday, October 24, 2014

Pima County Library Rolling Out A New Website Nov 19th

(TUCSON, Ariz.) Rediscover how awesome your library is when the Pima County Public Library’s new website launches on Wednesday, Nov. 19
Redesigned with features suggested by our own customers, the new site highlights the Library’s collections, services, programs, and yes…books! Although the website is still being developed, you can get a sneak peekright now and let us know what you think. The current site will be up until Nov. 19

New Features
·         Searching for books, eBooks, DVDs, music, and anything else is easier than ever.
·         Check out eBooks and eAudiobooks directly from our catalog using Overdrive.
·         Rate, review, and comment on what you’ve read, listened to, or watched.
·         Add quotes from your favorite books and DVDs.
·         Create lists and browse lists from other customers.
·         Save items to read later and track what you’ve already read.
How to get started
1. Take a look at our new website FAQs.
2. Register your library card on the new site.
3. Need a library card? Visit any of our libraries, and we’ll help you sign up for one. It’s free.

We’re excited about our new website, and we hope you are, too. In FY 13-14, PCPL had over 4.3 million visitson our website.
About Pima County Public LibraryThe Pima County Public Library (PCPL), which is headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, enriches lives and builds community through opportunities to learn, know, interact and grow. With 27 public libraries serving nearly one million people in Tucson and the surrounding communities of Arivaca, Green Valley, Sahuarita, South Tucson, Ajo, Marana, Oro Valley and Catalina, PCPL provides a wide range of free services that contribute to the economic development of the community.  For more information, visit www.library.pima.gov or call 520-791-4010.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Our First Writing Contest - WRITE ON!

Pima County Genealogy Society is proud to announce Write On!, our first writing contest. Open to all members and non-members of PCGS, this is your chance to flex your writing muscles and create something of lasting value for you and your family, and have the opportunity to win some cash.

We are looking for original and unpublished works, such as:
  • Memoirs and biographies where the major portion of the facts are from personal memories, interviews, family oral traditions, etc. No, or few, historical documents are used in research. However, information that is not from your personal memory should be cited, to show where and how you learned of facts or stories.
  • A family history or biography that is researched and documented through historical documents.
  • Genealogical poems or essays.
Entries should be 4,000 words or less, excluding textboxes, footnotes and endnotes. Authors retain copyright of their material, but grant permission to print the entry in the PCGS newsletter or other PCGS publications. Photos and illustrations used must be free of copyright, or have written permission from the copyright holder, and contain appropriate attribution.

PCGS will offer a mini-workshop early in 2015 that will provide attendees with techniques for writing a quality family history story. This is an excellent opportunity for contestants to improve on their entries before the deadline.

Each entry will be read and graded by three judges using the guidelines at this link. Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third place winners. The Contest Coordinator and Judges are ineligible.

The contest begins now–entries must be received by the coordinator no later than 18 April 2015. Winners will be announced, and prizes awarded, at the 20 June 2015 PCGS general meeting. To enter, follow this link to the Write On! Contest Entry Form and follow the instructions provided. Questions can be directed to the Contest Coordinator at info@azpimagensoc.org (please put "Write On!" in the subject line).