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2010 GENEii Family History Writers Contest Winners

By Pam Wiedenbeck, SCGS, FCHSC
Coordinator, GENEii Family History Writing Contest

The 2010 GENEii contest is dedicated to the memory of contest founder Beth Maltbie Uyehara.

Congratulations to all of the 2010 winners!

Category 1: Articles of 1000 to 2000 words
1st Place - Carla Garner: Farm Wife in the Great Depression
2nd Place - Janet Aird: Dona Victoria Reid, Indian Princess
3rd Place - Ceferino Aheuro-Baca: Fur Trader: Pedro Jose' de Tevis
Honorable Mention: Barbara Randall: Meet My Great Grandpa Arthur
Finalist - Emily Pritchard Cary: Perverse Roots
Finalist - Linda Wilson Barlow: My Pistol Packin' Grandma's Claim to Fame

Category 2: Articles of fewer than 1000 words
1st Place - Joyce Roberson: Reprise
2nd Place - Judith S. Cole: Jersey Shore
3rd Place - Marsha Worth: Math Teacher and Mount Waffl
Honorable Mention - Carla Garner: Eva Continues the Family Tradition
Finalist - Carla Garner: Community Comes in Unexpected Forms

Meet the 2010 GENEii Judges by Pam Wiedenbeck

The 2010 GENEii Family History Writers Contest just concluded. The winners and winning entries are featured in this issue of The Searcher. What we often forget is the dedication of the judges who must read and evaluate every entry. This year we had two talented writers as judges, Sherrie Holmes and Susan Stroh.

Sherrie Holmes is the CEO, Proprietor, and just about everything else for the Washington-based Holmes Editorial Services. (

Sherrie says, "Writing has always been my first love, and with it comes a desire to help others with their writing projects, be they college papers, spreadsheets, novels, poetry, business letters, promo pieces, business cards, brochures, company newsletters, etc. I have a high degree of integrity and confidentiality, and a deep sense of responsibility, tempered by an unrepentant and slightly scary sense of humor. What more could you ask for in an editor except perhaps a pleasing personality and a huge smile--and I have those, too!"

Susan Stroh works out of La Crescenta, CA. Susan assists writers with almost every facet of their writing career. She actively writes, teaches and coaches. (

"From the stages of New York City to the pages of Life Magazine, Susan spent her youth flourishing as a dancer/actor. During and after college, she enjoyed a stint as a professional actor, and then moved to Southern California, to pursue her passion of movie-making as a script supervisor, director and writer. During this time, Susan wrote her award-winning screenplay, Cloudberries, and went on to garner the following awards:

  • Carl Sautter Memorial Screenwriting Award-one of the top four prize-winning screenplays
  • Writer's Digest Short Story Award-main stream genre
  • Homberg Award for best commercial of San Diego
  • Editor's Choice Award for poetry

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