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AfriGeneas Juniors Genealogy Forum

Youth Genealogy Award

Guidelines for The Rubicam Youth Award
Deadline for Submission — 1 March Annually

The Rubincam Youth Award was established in 1986 to honor Milton Rubincam for his many years of service to the National Genealogical Society and to the field of genealogy and to encourage the participation of young people in the field of genealogy.

The award is given for the best-prepared genealogy. The winner will receive a $500 cash prize, a certificate, and a one-year NGS membership. A write-up concerning the winner and winning presentation will appear in the NGS NewsMagazine.

Applicants are not required to be NGS members. Students must be in the eighth through twelfth grades. Entries for the award will be accepted before 1 March of each year.

Each applicant should submit a single-line genealogy in a biographical format of at least three generations from a principal subject, following either male or female lines. The genealogy may be of the applicant’s family, or of any other family, as long as the work submitted is original, not previously published, and has not previously received an NGS award.

An adoptee may use adoptive parents and ancestors. For clarification concerning how to prepare a single-line genealogy, see the illustration.

Step No. 1: A biography of the principal subject, including birth date and place, and the names of parents, starts the process. If the principal subject is someone other than the student, include the vital statistical information as requested for the student, as well as other information, such as marriage(s), death date(s), spouse(s), and names of children.

Step No. 2: This step requires that the student select the mother or father as the next subject. A biography is written about that person providing birth, marriage, and death dates, and the names of spouse(s). The names of his/ her children and spouse are included with the same statistical data required for the subject.

Steps No. 3 and 4: The previous step in the selection process is repeated by selecting the maternal or paternal parent’s genealogy to follow for the second and third generations. The same information is provided in written biographies for these generations. Each biography should be at least one page in length and should include occupation, places of residence, religious affiliation, schools attended, military service, and other pertinent facts that round out the history of a family.

Supportive documentation must accompany each genealogical biography and be cited in footnote form. Documentation includes photocopies or certified statements of fact. Each document should be identified as to filing information (book, page number, file or jacket number, microfilm number, etc.) and repository. Documentation completeness will be an important part of the judging. An example of a biography is included with the guidelines sent to each applicant.

Each biography should be printed or typed and double-spaced on 8-1/2" x 11" paper. Printed copy from a computer is acceptable if the printer is letter quality. There must be at least a one-inch margin on all sides of the text. Each footnote should be single-spaced, with a double space between footnotes. Every footnote should begin on a new line, with paragraph indentation, and end with a period. Footnotes may be placed at the bottom of the appropriate pages or grouped at the end of the text. The title page should include the title of the manuscript, the name and address of the compiler, and the date. Pages should be numbered consecutively, with the title page counting as the first page.

NGS recommends consulting The Chicago Manual of Style, 14th Edition, (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1993) for accepted standards of abbreviation, punctuation, capitalization, and citation. Elizabeth Shown Mills' Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997) would also be helpful in documenting and footnoting. If the local library does not have a copy of Ms. Mills' book, it is available for purchase from NGS. Member price is $15.25. The nonmember price is $16.95. Add $3.00 for shipping and handling. Virginia residents must add 5% sales tax.

Please write to the NGS Youth Award committee, 3108 Columbia Pike, Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22204-4304 for a statement of intent application form, which will be used as a planning guide by the committee. Completed genealogy entries must be received at NGS by 1 March of any year during which the student is in the eighth through twelfth grade.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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