Tuesday, January 29, 2013

RootsTech 2013 Ancestor Spotlight Contest

Ol' Myrt here wishes to encourage my DearREADERS to stop researching long enough to exercise writing skills to tell the stories of just one of your ancestors. The brief write-up you create for this contest can be a model for future "shares" with your extended family members. After the contest, keep writing one story each week. By the end of the year, you would have quite a collection of ancestral stories, undoubtably more than you shared last year.

So what's up with the contest? Well, the winner will receive free admission to RootsTech 2013. Here's the plan:


1. Write a minimum two paragraph story about your ancestor or an ancestor's possession.

2. After the story include identifying info as follows:

  • * Name
  • * Birthdate and location
  • * Death date and location
  • * Next of kin
  • * Explain how you heard the story or from whom you obtained access to the ancestor's artifact.

3. Include a graphic. If it is the story of an ancestor's experience as a bootlegger, but you don't have a picture of him, you might include a public domain picture of a still, say at WikiPedia.com. You could draw and scan your own sketch of a still. You might use a davidrumsey.com map to show where the event took place, and to trace your ancestor's escape route when those darned government revenuers were in the neighborhood  You might include a newspaper clipping reporting your ancestor's wild escapades, or a copy of several pages from the criminal case indictment.

4. Get creative. Wax poetic. Use flowery language, if that's how your ancestor spoke. This is how you make genealogy interesting to the non-genealogist in the family. No need to embelish the story, just have fun telling it. It is sort of like the printed Redbook Magazine's story "complete on these two pages."

5. Publish the story in your blog or as a public Google doc.

6. Include the URL to your post or public Google doc as a comment to this blog. Entries will not be accepted via email, Facebook or other outlets. Your original contest entry  must be in your blog or on a public Google doc.

7. All participants agree to freely permit DearMYRTLE to quote part or all of their ancestor stories and include copies of photos and/or other graphics used in your contest entry post in her blog.

8. The winner will be announced during the 11th February 2013 Mondays With Myrt Webinar. You need not be present to win.

NOTE: Entries will be judged on creativity and attention to detail. The decision of the judges is purely arbitrary and is final. The winner will be notified by a post in DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Blog and is subsequently required to submit his name, valid email address and telephone number, so tthe winning entry can be processed by FamilySearch.org who has provided this promotional item for use in this contest to DearMYRTLE in my capacity as a 2013 Official RootsTech Blogger.

Good luck, my DearREADERS. Have fun writing about your ancestors.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
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  1. Must this be a NEW story or may we use one we already published?

    1. Your choice -- but a new one would really be meeting the goal to "stop researching" and "write".

  2. Here's my attempt at making family history relevant and interesting to those who are not excited by the latest US Census record match!