Friday, 20 November 2015

North of Ireland Family History Society launches writing competition

From the North of Ireland Family History Society (

North of Ireland Family History Society Biennial Writing Competition 2016 – My Family Odyssey

The North of Ireland Family History Society (NIFHS) runs a writing competition every other year for its members. Organised by the Belfast Branch for all members of the society, it attracts entries from all around the world. The purpose of the competition is to encourage people to write up stories about their family history, going beyond just constructing a family tree.

The title of this year’s competition is ‘My Family Odyssey’. Weave a story on this subject which you can share with members of your family, fellow members of the North of Ireland Family History Society and others by entering the society’s Biennial Competition
for 2016.

Migration has played an important part in the history of many families in the North of Ireland. Through the centuries many people left their homes in the hope of better opportunities in a new land, to escape religious or political persecution or simply in search of adventure.

In researching our family history it is important to understand the challenges and opportunities that migration has presented to our families.

The competition is the brainchild of member Anne Johnston from Belfast Branch who has administered it since its inception in 2005. She said "I am delighted to be organising the competition again this year. I always look forward to reading the family stories that our members have uncovered. The prizes are attractive and I encourage you to enter."

Many of the previous winning articles have subsequently been published in the society’s journal, North Irish Roots.

Full details are available on the NIFHS website where a competition leaflet can be downloaded as a pdf file. The competition is open to all NIFHS members and the winner will receive £100 with the runners up receiving £60 and £40 which will be presented at the 2016 AGM. Entries are welcome from new members of the Society. Membership details are available on the NIFHS website. Entries can be submitted by post or email and must be received by 3rd April 2016.

Link to full competition details:

(With thanks to Maeve Rogan at NIFHS)


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