December 1, 2008
National Archives Creates Awards for Excellence in Genealogy
Two awards to be granted for articles based on National Archives records
Washington, DC…In celebration of its 75th anniversary, the National Archives announces two awards to recognize significant achievements in genealogy research, based on records from the National Archives.
The National Archives is known worldwide as a treasure chest of genealogical information. Each year, millions of people use Federal records in the National Archives to search for their family roots. Census schedules, ship passenger arrival lists, citizenship papers, military pension files, land patents, and court records offer detailed evidence to flesh out family histories. This competition provides an opportunity for students to share their research “treasures” with the public.
The awards are $1,000 for first place; $500 for second place. Winning articles may be published in Prologue, the quarterly magazine of the National Archives, and/or on the National Archives web site.
To be eligible, an applicant must be either an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in an accredited institution of higher learning; have completed at least one semester; and have not yet advanced to candidacy, if in a Ph.D. program. An applicant does not have to be an American citizen, but must be attending an American college or university. Permanent National Archives employees are not eligible.
Awards will be announced at the National Archives annual Genealogy Fair on April 22, 2009.
Applicants are required to submit:
- Cover sheet that includes the following:
- Name and contact information;
- Proof of enrollment at an accredited academic institution; and
- Signature giving permission for the article to be published.
- An original, unpublished work between 1,000 and 3,000 words that demonstrates the use of National Archives holdings to conduct genealogical research. The essay must be typed and include a works-cited page or bibliography. End notes are suggested but not required.
Please submit applications to:
Director, Customer Services Division
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20408
Essays may be submitted in-person or via e-mail before 5:00 p.m. EST March 1, 2009 or via regular mail (postmarked by February 25, 2009).
For additional information about the scholarship and/or application process, e-mail KYR@nara.gov.
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