ISFHWE Excellence-In-Writing Competition Winners Announced!

The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors is proud to announce the winners of the Excellence-in-Writing Competition. All entries were exceptional this year. Submission details for 2016 will be announced soon. For any questions on the competition, email Tina Sansone at

ISFHWE’s Excellence in Writing Competition

Category 1 - Columns

1st: Ernest Thode, Ask Ernie
2nd: James M. Beidler, Roots & Branches: Painful, poignant visit to mentor’s grave
3rd: Maureen Wlodarczyk, Genealogy: It’s not a tree or a chart…it’s a story!
HM: Michael McKeag, Where to Finish? 1 - My Family History
HM: Carolyn Leonard, When the Cheering Stopped – the last years of Woodrow Wilson

Category 2 – Articles

1st: Barbara J Starmans, PLCGS, Married to the Army
2nd: Maureen Wlodarczyk, Grazia Fucci Lipari
3rd: George G. Morgan, Managing Your Speaking Engagements
HM: Sheri Hessick, MayDay! MayDay! Lost Behind Enemy Lines
HM: Vi Parsons, Root Cellar Preserves

Category 3 – Newsletters

1st: Michelle D. Novak, The Archivist
2nd: Stephen Gauss, Harriman Family Newsletter
3rd: Kathryn Manz, Penn in Hand
HM: Linda Vixie, Pike Peak Genealogical Society Newsletter
HM: James M. Beidler, Der Kurier

Category 4 – Unpublished Authors

1st: Elyse Hill, History Lessons Learned From a Birth Certificate
2nd: Wendy Wilson Spooner, Civil Registration and Census Development in Great Britain & America
3rd: Catherine Smith, In a Flash
HM: Louise A. Eckhardt, A Mystery within a Mystery
HM: Diane Buescher, Finding Elusive Ancestors in Early German Church Records

Category 5 – Unpublished Material/Published Authors

1st: David Harper, Corresponding Hearts
2nd: Robyn Smith, of "Reclaiming Kin" Genealogy Blog, Minty’s Legacy: A Black Family in Slavery and Freedom
3rd: Dave Strausfeld, Hudie Streisfeld and her life in the Austro-Hungarian Empire
HM: Ruth Randall, CG, Evidence of the Parentage of a Buffalo Solder: John Martin Daniels, Company I, 125th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry
HM: Carolyn Leonard, Dutch Letters

Category 6 – Poetry

1st: Luanne Griffin, Going Home
2nd: Casey Lin Brown, If I’d Met You
3rd: Lisa Brahin Weinblatt, Great-Grandmother
HM: Phyllis Matthews Ziller, MLIS, Finding Sarah
HM: Kenneth R. Castle, PhD, They are Calling to You