The winners of our 2015 Write-On! Competition were announced at our June General Meeting and on our blog post Write-On! Competition Winners. We are now introducing our winners to you.
The Long Journey of Mabel Ida Lewis Smith
I was born in Central India to Canadian missionary parents. My mother’s family had been in India for generations, many holding positions that kept the British Raj running – post office and railway, for example. My schooling was varied. I attended a private school in New York, a one-room school in rural Ontario, and boarding schools in India and Canada. Following my undergraduate years, I married a psychiatrist. After three biological children, we adopted eight others, aged from infancy to thirteen. Once I was widowed, I wintered in Arizona, and eventually married an Arizonan. I have degrees in English, and Child and Lifespan Development and taught in high school and college. For many years, my interest in family traditions had no focus. As part of my graduate studies, I undertook a personal development project in which I collected and shared family stories. That was the spark that lit focused genealogical research.
The Tale of the Traveling China
Debra Fowler Kabinier started working on genealogy with her two great aunts when she was a young teenager. The three of them would conduct research at the old county library and local historical society. Her quest for family history continued in small spurts but took a back-seat to raising a family and growing a career. Now that she is retired, genealogy is her full-time hobby. She hones her skills by attending conferences, webinars, and taking classes.
An Incident at the Well
Be sure to read the winning stories in the September 2015 issue of The PCGS Researcher (available now in the Members Only section of our website). And let our winners know how much you enjoyed reading them.