Here's motivation for finishing that family chronicle you've been meaning to write. Enter Root Cellar's Family History Writing Contest.
The Sacramento Genealogical Society is looking for "factual articles about family or local history, character sketches, or memoirs. Submissions should relate the experiences of a family or individuals, revealing their character and personality. The best entries will display the human drama and historical or social situation of the subjects."
Entries should be 500 to 2,000 words in length and may include images or documents, though the judges consider only writing for this contest. See complete description of prizes and contest rules. The deadline for submissions is April 30. Winners will be announced by May 25. For more information, contact Ron Setzer, PreservesEditor@macnexus.org.
To help get you started, here are Ten Easy Steps to Writing Your Family History from Ancestry Magazine.
UPDATE: Winning essays announced (May 24, 2011)
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Root Cellar is also sponsoring a 1-day class in which participants will learn a variety of online tools for researching ancestors. Guest instructor is Geoff Rasmussen, genealogist with Legacy Millennia Corp.
Root Cellar Spring Seminar
April 9, 2011. 9:00-3:45 p.m.
Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church
11427 Fair Oaks Blvd.
Pre-registration required (use this online form)
$22 - Root Cellar Members
$27 - Non-Members (application on website)
$32 - After March 31st
Lunch optional - pre-order only - with registration
For more information:
Sammie Hudgens (916) 481-4930
Billie Helms (916) 991-5971