15 May 2009

ISFHWE: Writing awards announced

Winners of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) 2009 Excellence-in-Writing Competition were announced at a banquet Wednesday, May 13, at the NGS Conference.

The winners are:

Category I: Newspaper Columns

1st: Stefani Evans
"Woman's suspicious death remains a mystery"
Home News, Henderson, Nevada
January 4-10, 2008

2nd: Julie Miller, CGSM
"Postcards from heaven"
Broomfield Enterprise, Broomfield, Colorado
September 7, 2008

3rd: James Beidler
"Google searches bring interesting, and different, results"
Lebanon Daily News, Lebanon, Pennsylvania
August 25, 2008

Category II: Published Articles

1st: Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak
"The Man (or Woman) Who Would Be King"
Ancestry Magazine, September/October 2008

2nd: J.H. Fonkert, CGSM
"In Search of Early Dutch Settlers in Minnesota"
Minnesota Genealogist, Spring 2008

3rd: Schelly Talalay Dardashti
"When oral history meets genetics"
The Jerusalem Post, March 28, 2008 (print/online)

Category III: Original Research Story

1st: Phyllis Matthews Ziller
"Finding Facts to Support a Family Tradition"

2nd: Linda Coffin
"Great-Uncle Andrew: The Murderer in the Family Closet"

3rd: Pamela Lyons Brinegar, CGSM
"The Search of Isaac Murphy's Parents"

Category IV: Want-to-Be Writer/Columnist

1st: Linda McMeniman
"A Brooklyn of my Mind"

2nd: Carolyn Miller
"If the Shue/Schue Fits: Identifying the father of Brinton Hiram Miller (1906-1980) of Adams County, Pennsylvania"

Congratulations to all the winners!

It was a very nice birthday present for me, although I couldn't be there in person! In the 2008 competition, Megan and I were also honored in the same category.

For more information on the ISFHWE, click here.


  1. Anonymous8:59 PM

    Hooray for Schelly! :-)

  2. Congratulations Schelly! It was a great article!

  3. Congratulations Schelly!