Congratulations to both NSW and ACT for scooping the Nick Vine Hall Awards presented at the National Family History Month launch in Brisbane last week. The awards are sponsored by the Australian Federation of Family History Organisations to promote family history journals and newsletters. Entries are judged on presentation, best content in quality and range of articles, diversity of news items and inclusion of information that promotes local societies.
First place awards went to Newcastle Family History Society and our cousins from across the ditch the New Zealand Society of Genealogists. Nepean Family History Society and Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra were runners up. What a great job by all the editors and contributors. I always look forward to receiving my copy of Canberra’s journal The Ancestral Searcher. Join your local society and get on the mailing list to make sure you receive the regular journals and newsletters. With top quality publications being produced, it’s well worth it.
And to read more about the launch of National Family History Month check out the blog written by Shauna Hicks, voluntary national co-ordinator and chair of the launch.
Have you thought about writing and publishing your family history? Two of our HAGSOC members, Frances Corcoran and John Temperly have done just that. Both recently received awards for their efforts. Bouquets to both Frances and John – it’s nice to see our local writers recognized.
Frances was awarded third place in the Alexander Henderson Award for 2012 for her publication ‘From Clonoulty to Boorowa – Thomas and Honorah Corcoran’s Descendants in Australia’. Presented annually by the Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies since 1974, this award is for the best Australian Family History, with a strong emphasis placed on a pre-Australian component.
John’s book Quiet Passages was one of three gaining recognition, a Highly Commended award, from judges of the 2012 T.T. Reed competition sponsored by the South Australian Genealogy & Heraldry Society. Thirteen books were submitted for judging. All of them feature a South Australian family or are written by a South Australian author. John is my writing buddy from the HAGSOC Writer’s Special Interest Group, so I’ve already gleaned some tips and tricks from him.
I hope to check out both these award winning books in the library at Cook sometime soon.
Deciding how to capture your family history stories can be a stumbling block, and I know I could use some inspiration. Delegates attending Conference 2013 can get insights from Hazel Edwards at her workshop How to Write a Non Boring Family History. A very experienced writer, Hazel was commissioned to write about historical figures Weary Dunlop and Dr Fred Hollows. I’m looking forward to hearing her ideas about writing family history and I’ve already registered. Hope to see you there too.
Congrats to all award recipients.