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 2017 will be announced soon. For any questions on the competition, email Tina Sansone at

Cat 1 – Columns

1st Place: Elaine Thomas – Stories I’ve Been Told – Otto l. Fuchs, Jr.
2nd Place: Martha E. Jones, PhD – Ancestral Avenues – Write Your Own Obituary
3rd Place: Barbara Starmans – General Paresis of the Insane
HM: Carolyn Schott – Happy Birthday, Mom
HM: Susan R. Anderson – Searching for roots to find my way home
HM: James M. Beidler – Accomplishing Client’s Goal the Best Holiday Present

Cat 2 – Articles

1st Place: Barbara J. Starmans – ‘In every city, village & hamlet’
2nd Place: Barbara Ellman – Genealogy Myth-Busters
3rd Place: Beverly Thompson – A Most Amazing Find: Protecting the Purse
HM: Paul Gorry – The Changing Face of Irish Genealogy
HM: Mary Penner – Collaboration with Colleagues
HM: Carolyn Schott – The Letter to the Governor

Cat 3 – Newsletters

1st Place: Michelle D. Novak – The Archivist (Genealogical Society of Bergen County, NJ)
2nd Place: Tony Burroughs – The Center for Black Genealogy News & Notes (CBG)
3rd Place: Patricia Mansfield Phelan – Newsletter of the Irish Family History Forum – Irish Family
HM: Michael McKeag – (1) North Irish Roots & (2) Snippets
HM: Stephanie Jobes – Lifeliner (Genealogical Society of Riverside)
HM: James M. Beidler – Der Kurier

Cat 4 – Unpublished Authors

1st Place: Frieda Anna Stiehl – Aunt Frieda’s Story
2nd Place: Catherine Smith – Converging Lines

Cat 5 – Unpublished Material – Published Authors

1st Place: Ruth Randall – Joseph Workman: Pioneer
2nd Place: Wendy Wilson Spooner – English Colonists and their Quest for Structured Family Life in America
3rd Place: Emilee M. Marks – A Puzzling Puzzle
HM: Susan R. Anderson – They Were Soldiers in the War of Independence
HM: Elaine Thomas – Family Ties
HM: Roccie Hill – A Snapshot of my Iowa Family History

Cat 6 – Poetry

1st Place: Wendy Wilson Spooner – My Father, My North Star
2nd Place: John Newmark – The Genetic and Synthetic