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OGS 2017 Writing Contest Winners

The Ohio Genealogical Society is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 Writing Contest. The Society would like to congratulate the following authors for their excellent writing. We thank each author who chose to share their expertise and genealogical research with others by entering the contest. At the discretion of the Ohio Genealogy News and Ohio Genealogical Society Quarterly editors, all entries may be published.

First Prize winner is Jane Dempsey Gramlich for her article "Second Look: The Ohio Family of Bessie Potter Vonnoh." She will receive the top prize of $50.

Second Prize winner is Donna Croy Wright for her article "The Croy Boys: Seven Sons Serving in the Civil War." She will receive $25.

The Ohio Genealogical Society welcomes submissions year round to its journals. Please see the OGS website for more information and guidelines for submitting articles, under the "Journals" tab.


Ohio Genealogical Society Writing Competition

OGS is sponsoring its genealogical writing contest to reward amateur and professional genealogical authorship and to fill the pages of its renowned journals with quality articles. All entries fitting the criteria will be considered for publication in Ohio Genealogy News (OGN) or the Ohio Genealogical Society Quarterly (OGSQ). Editors will select the appropriate journal for each winning article.

Prizes will be awarded as follows:

  • $50 Grand Prize for highest scoring article (in either category) - one prize given
  • $25 Prize for next highest scoring article in each category - two prizes given
  • $15 Prize for next highest scoring article in each category - two prizes given
Following is a description of the criteria for material accepted by these two journals:

  • Ohio Genealogical Society Quarterly articles cover Ohio history and genealogy, Ohio records groups, Ohio families, and Ohioans who left the state to settle elsewhere. The historical time period covers pre-statehood to the 1940 census. Article length may vary from 750 words to 5000 words (3-10 single-spaced pages). Images are requested when available. Suggested article types might include:
    • Family histories and genealogies of those who passed through Ohio or who came to help settle the state.
    • Transcriptions, abstracts or indexes of record groups, especially those that are not yet digitized.
    • Historical journals, sets of letters or hand-written histories, transcribed with added material on the author of these item types.
    • Military history dealing with Ohio people and units, military record groups, and the anniversaries of the War of 1812 and the American Civil War.
    • Ethnic ancestry or community settlements in Ohio.
    • Individuals, families or record groups that relate to the five OGS lineage society eras.
      • First Families of Ohio (before the end of 1820)
      • Settlers and Builders of Ohio (1821-1860)
      • Century Families of Ohio (1861- 100 year ago)
      • Society of Civil War Families of Ohio (Ohioans who served in the Civil War in some capacity)
      • Society of the Families of the Old Northwest Territory (pre-1803 Northwest Territory)

  • Ohio Genealogy News welcomes articles on newsworthy and human interest topics in the genealogy world. Article length may vary from 750 words to 2500 words (2-5 single-spaced pages). Images are requested when available. Suggested article types might include:
    • Feature Articles. Topics may have an anniversary or seasonal slant; describe newly-available record sets (in archives or on-line); or introduce the genealogy collections of Ohio repositories.
      • Methodology (how-two) articles are welcome for both individual skill-building and OGS chapter growth.
      • Technology-related methodology articles are particularly requested.
      • Historical features (e.g. Poorhouses in Ohio).The topic must have wide interest and should introduce genealogically-interesting records.
    • Success Stories. This is a great place for genealogical hobbyists to share their research journeys. Write about a specific experience you've had breaking through a brick wall, discovering a new ancestor, or getting to know a relative through their personal writings.
    • Local Spotlights. These short pieces introduce an Ohio county, city or OGS chapter or affiliated organization. May include a brief local history, description of ongoing chapter activities or projects. Might contain a description of local genealogical resources and repositories (include websites and digital resources).

Articles must be properly cited following the guidelines in standard works by Elizabeth Shown Mills, MLA, or APA.

Entries will be accepted from 1 September - 31 December 2017 and must be submitted according to The Ohio Genealogical Society Writing Contest Rules and Style Guide available on the OGS website or by e-mail request to writingcontest@ogs.org

For questions please contact writingcontest@ogs.org