Did you miss the Chicago Genealogical Society’s Writing Contest deadline? You have been so busy researching and not writing, right? Are you having writer’s block on starting your writing? Did your dog eat your research notes? Well – we have good news for you! CGS has decided to extend the deadline. Yes – the deadline has been extended to September 30th, 2018. So now you have plenty of time to finish that research and start writing.

The rules are simple: Write 3 to 10 pages about one of your Chicago ancestors. How did they come to Chicago? Where did they live? What did they do? Where did their children and grandchildren end up? How did larger events in Chicago’s history affect their lives? Make the story as engaging and interesting as possible, while sticking to the facts and using proper source citation. (See chicagogenealogy.org/contest/ for full contest rules and requirements.) Entries will be judged on style and how well you demonstrate your research skills.

Chances are, you’ve already done the research – now’s the time to get it all down in narrative form and turn those family stories into cold hard cash! But remember, the true treasure is knowing where you came from, and the pleasure of sharing that knowledge with others.

For examples of stories, see past issues of the CGS quarterly magazine, The Chicago Genealogist.

If you have questions, please email CGS at info@chicagogenealogy.org.

Go ahead and start writing!

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Chicago Genealogical Society Writing Contest – Deadline Extended