Previous Competitions

 

The competitions are the brainchild of member Anne Johnston (B1241), who has administered them since their inception in 2005.

Originally intended to be annual but for practical reasons biennial, the competition is run by the Belfast Branch for all Members of the Society and the judges are the three Belfast Branch Officers and one independent outsider. Initially the prizes were £50, £30 and £20 but they have since been doubled, with the Branch and the Society paying half each.

The assessment is split evenly between the genealogical content and the quality of the presentation.

More than half of the entries have been published in North Irish Roots. The volume, number and page references of the leading articles are given below.  “C” denotes Commendation and “HC” denotes High Commendation.

 

 

 

2016 – My Family Odyssey

Place
Name
Title
Journal
On JSTOR
1st
William Kelley
The Story of George and Eliza McClelland
Vol. 27.2, pp. 42-54
No
2nd
Audrey McKeown
Leaving Ardstraw for New Horizons
Vol. 28.1,
No
3rd
Catherine Quinn
My Family Odyssey
 No

 

 

 

2014 – Occupations in My Family

Place
Name
Title
Journal
On JSTOR
1st
Heber MacWilliams III
Occupations in My Family
Vol. 25.2, pp. 25-32
No
2nd
Marie Colette Murray
Occupations in My Family
Vol. 26.1, pp. 34-41
No
3rd
Diana Kirkpatrick
Occupations in My Family (with a postscript on page 48)
Vol. 25.2, pp. 41-47
No

 

2012 – Life in my Townland through the Eyes of my Ancestors

Place
Name
Title
Journal
On JSTOR
1st
Michael McKeag
Life in my Townland through the Eyes of my Ancestors
Vol. 23.2, pp. 19-26
Yes
2nd
Linda Hooke
Life in Ballyrickardbeg through the Eyes of my Ancestors (Ellen and Isabella Buchanan)
Vol. 24.1, pp 12-19
Yes

2010 – My Eight Great-Grandparents

Place
Name
Title
Journal
On JSTOR
1st
Ruth Watson
My Eight Great-Grandparents
Vol. 21.2, pp. 30-37
Yes
2nd
Margaret Williams
My Eight Great-Grandparents
Vol. 21.2, pp. 38-47
Yes
3rd
Maureen Waugh
My Eight Great-Grandparents
Vol. 22.1, pp. 31-38
Yes
HC
Heather Baird
My Eight Great-Grandparents
Vol. 21.1, pp. 39-45
Yes
C
Chris Kirkpatrick
My Eight Great-Grandparents
Vol. 23.1, pp. 33-42
Yes
C
Christine McCafferty
My Eight Great-Grandparents
Vol. 22.2, pp. 40-45
Yes

2008 – Memories

Place
Name
Title
Journal
On JSTOR
1st
Heather Baird
Memories
Vol. 20.1, pp. 8-12
Yes
2nd
John McConkey
Memories of my Sea-faring Ancestors Acquired from their Many Descendants
Vol. 20.2, pp. 28-31
Yes
=3rd
Linda Hooke
Memories
=3rd
Art Webster
Memories

2006 – My Family History Research

Place
Name
Title
Journal
On JSTOR
1st
Syl Maguire
The Land League and the Crossmaglen Conspiracy
Vol. 17.1, pp. 25-33
Yes
2nd
Charles Kelly
The Lyons Family of Ulster
Vol. 18.2, pp. 17-23 &
Vol. 19.1, pp. 17-20
Yes
3rd
Margaret Hamilton
The Farrens of Portrush and Surrounding Townlands
Vol. 19.1, pp. 21-35
Yes