The Chicago Genealogical Society is currently holding a Writing Contest for 2017–2018. The contest is designed to encourage those with a Chicago connection in their family history to share their genealogical research in narrative format. Submissions may be either a family history that covers three to four generations, or a personal history about life in Chicago, and must demonstrate proper use of genealogical methodology, techniques, and sources. The contest is open to CGS members and non-members alike.

Entries will be accepted  through September 30, 2018. A panel of our readers will judge the submissions based on quality of writing, originality of research, and range of sources consulted and award cash prizes for First, Second, and Third place. Winners will be announced by April 1, 2018, and the winning stories will be published in Chicago Genealogist, the CGS quarterly members’ magazine. 

To enter the contest, we request that you read the rules, follow the directions, fill out the entry form and submit your entry via one of the following:

Electronic Copy:

Send to Please write “CGS Writing Contest” in the subject line.

Mail to:
Chicago Genealogical Society
Attn: Family History Writing Contest
P.O. Box 1160
Chicago, IL
60690 – 1160
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