The Oklahoma Genealogical Society 2014 Family History Story Writing contest recently was announced. There is no entry fee and membership in OGS is not required.
Contest Rules are:
1. Stories must be typed in a standard font, double-spaced on one side of standard letter-size 8.5-by-11 inch paper. Entries must be less than 2,500 words, not including attached documents.
2. Story title and page number must be shown in upper right corner of each page.
3. The entry form must include the story title, approximate word count, author's name, mailing address, email address and phone number.
4. Indicate that you have researched the events by citing sources as footnotes or endnotes, and attach copies of the documentation.
5. Family group sheets and pedigree charts should be included if pertinent.
6. Stories must be original and unpublished at time of entry.
7. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope so your manuscript and the judges' comments can be returned to you.
8. Submit entry form with four printed copies and one electronic copy on CD of your story at the January or February OGS meeting, or by mail postmarked no later than Feb. 28.
9. A downloadable entry form and contest rules are available online at www.okgensoc.org/storywriting-contest.htm.
10. Entering the contest acknowledges permission for your story, information and photos concerning the winners to be published in local media.
For more information, go online to www.okgensoc.org.
“Personal Stories and Factual History of Orphan Train Riders — How Genealogy Research is Affected” by Clifton Jennings will begin at 7 p.m. Jan 20 at the Tulsa Genealogical Society, Briar Village Shopping Center, 9136 E 31, Tulsa.
Clifton Jennings met Mary Ellen Johnson, founder of the Orphan Train Heritage Society, in 1988. At the time, he was researching his family history and wanted to learn more about his father who was an Orphan Train rider. During the process, he also learned an aunt was also an Orphan Train rider.
For more information, go online to www.tulsagenealogy.org or call (918) 627-4224.
Gene Streller will present “Researching Hungarian Ancestors” at the Edmond Genealogical Society at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Edmond Historical Museum, 431 S Boulevard, Edmond. For more information, go online to www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~okegs/.
If you have a question, event, idea or an experience you wish to share, email Sharon Burns at firstname.lastname@example.org.