15 May 2008

ISFHWE writing winners named

Winners of the 2008 International Society of Family History Writers and Editors Excellence in Writing Contest were announced May 14, at the NGS conference in Kansas City, during the annual ISFHWE banquet.

I'm happy to be in the good company of my distinguished colleagues Colleen Fitzpatrick and Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak in Category II - Articles, and congratulate everyone recognized this year.

Here is the complete list as provided by 2008 contest coordinator Yolanda Campbell Lifter:

Category I-Newspaper Columns
First Place: Mary Alice Dell, "Land Ho"
Second Place: Julie Miller, "Dear Lucy, Love Phil: A Cotton Family Legacy"
Third Place: Mary Penner, "Union Vets Joined Posts Across Nation"

Category II-Articles
First Place: Colleen Fitzpatrick, "Clues Left Around a House"
Second Place: Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak: "Found! Serial Centenarians"
Third Place: Schelly Talalay Dardashti: "Planting the Family Tree"

Category III-Original Research Story
First Place: Hazlehurst Smith Beezer, "Dr. James Hill: Skeleton in the Hall Family Closet"
Second Place: Terry R. Barnhart, "Unraveling the Mystery in Ginghamsburg"
Third Place: Nancy Waters Lauer, "When a Brick Wall Crumbles Onto the Wrong Path"

Category IV-Want-to-Be Writer/Columnist
First Place: Debra A. Hoffman, "Bricks & Mortality"
Second Place: Harold Henderson, "City Directories as Clue Factories"
Third Place: J.H. Fonkert, "Celebrate Minnesota's History by Starting Your Own"

Congratulations to all the winners!

Yolanda Campbell Lifter, 2008 Contest Coordinator
Malabar, FL

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