The Chicago Genealogical Society announced last Fall its 2015–16 Writing Contest for original material on topics of interest to genealogists and family historians. The contest is open to members and non-members of the CGS. Hobbyists, transitional, and professional genealogists are welcome to submit entries. Submissions may include genealogies, family histories, and case studies that demonstrate use of genealogical methodology, techniques, and sources.

Entries will be accepted through May 30, 2016. Winners will be announced by September 1, 2016.

Goal: To encourage members to share their genealogical research: either a family history that covers three to four generations, or a personal history about life in Chicago.

Prizes: Will be awarded.


  • Manuscript length: 750 to 5,000 words, including footnotes (3–10 typed pages). Manuscripts generated by a genealogical software program will not be accepted.
  • The history must have some connection to the City of Chicago.
  • A paper with multiple authors will be accepted if it meets the requirements of the contest. If a winning paper has multiple authors, the prize will be awarded to the lead author.
  • Original work not previously published and not submitted elsewhere for publication, with proper citation (for style, see Elizabeth Shown Mills, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace. 3rd edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co., 2015)
  • Submit with no author but with a cover letter (for anonymity).
  • The Author will retain all copyright to material submitted to CGS. The Author grants to CGS the right to publish the listed material electronically and in hard copy for the life of the society.

So if you have been working on that special article, hurry up and submit it! If you have one you have already finished, pull it out, review it and send it in. Enter the 2015-2016 CGS Writing Contest today!

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