ISFHWE 2017 Excellence-In-Writing Competition Winners Announced

The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 Excellence-in-Writing Competition

The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors is proud to announce the winners of the Excellence-in-Writing Competition. All entries were exceptional this year. Submission details for 2018 will be announced soon. For any questions on the competition, email

Category 1 – Columns

1st Place – Elaine Thomas: “For the Love of Dinah”

2nd Place – Carolyn Schott: “Welcome Back to Osthofen”

3rd Place – Maureen Wlodarczyk: “More Than (Immediately) Meets the Eye”

HM – Valerie LaRobardier: “Do You Have an ‘Indian Princess’?”


Category 2 – Articles

1st Place – Martin Fischer: “How the Gogolinsky Family of Warsaw Became the Barney Family of St. Louis, Missouri”

2nd Place – Joseph F. Martin: “Apolonia Lewicka and the Priest”

3rd Place – Mari Margaret McLean, PhD: “Unintended Family History: Thomas Scholfield’s Letter to His Brother”

HM – Fred Delcomyn: “A Danish Lad in America”

HM – Karen Brattesani: “A Soldier’s Stories of World War II as Told to his Daughter”

HM – Sherri Panchaud Onorati: “Lucky to Be Here”


Category 3 – Newsletters

1st Place – Michelle D. Novak: “Genealogical Society of Bergen County, NJ –  The Archivist”

2nd Place – Patricia Mansfield Phelan: “Newsletter of the Irish Family History Forum” 


Category 4 – Unpublished Material, Unpublished Authors

1st Place – Joan F. Vitale: “The Messenger”

2nd Place – Bonnie Dodge: “Getting to Know Grandmother, A Step Back in Time”

3rd Place – Robbin M. Smith: “I Have an Aunt Alice?”

HM – Linda D. Fritz-Langston: “Grandpa & His Puzzle”


Category 5 – Unpublished Material – Published Authors

1st Place – Dave Strausfeld: “Gus Cloepfil and his Migration Westward”

2nd Place – Wevonneda Minis: “DNA Decision”

3rd Place – Elaine Thomas: “Boyhood Tales from the Great Depression”

HM – Wendy Wilson Spooner, Lic . G, LCoT: “The Relevance of Genetic Knowledge to Genealogical Research

HM – Andrea Butler Ramsey: “The Nickel Man”

HM – Emilee Marks: “The Tale of Two Wilhelmina Gogollas”


Category 6 – Poetry & Song

1st Place – Kavya Srikanth: “An Ode to Time Lost”

2nd Place – Lori Lynn Price: “Virden, New Mexico”

3rd Place – John Newmark: “Cause of Death”

HM – Anthony Proctor – “The Great Wave”


Submitted by Tina Sansone, Competition Coordinator

About the Author

Thomas MacEntee
Genealogy educator and author Thomas MacEntee has been researching his family history for more than 40 years and is the creator of Abundant Genealogy, Genealogy Bargains, DNA Bargains, The Genealogy Do-Over and numerous other web-based genealogy and family history properties.