Announcing the Winners of our 2011 Family History Publishing Contest

Congratulations to our winners, and thank you to everyone who participated! We encourage you all to continue exploring your family history and to share your unique stories and experiences with others. 

Contest Rules | Official Terms and Conditions 

Grand Prize Winner

SHIRLEY BOOTH-BYERLY  Robertsdale, Alabama

This entry pulled us in with an eye-opening beginning to the fascinating story of a six-generation photo shoot for Life magazine. We can't wait to hear what Shirley discovered about her grandmothers and her family history.

Prize: As the Grand Prize Winner, Shirley will receive a Family History Publishing Package from Abbott Press, so she can document her remarkable family history in a professionally produced book that she'll be able to share with each generation of her family as well as with a widespread audience.

1st Runner Up


We love the warmth and admiration with which Karen recalls her grandmother and the other relatives in her large family. They're simply fascinating in their "ordinariness".

Prize: As the first runner up, Karen will receive “Writing Your Family Memoir” — an independent study course on audio CD — from Family Tree University.

2nd Runner Up

JULIE B. COSGROVE  Fort Worth, Texas

In this beautifully written entry, the ring for the third daughter serves as a thread that connects this family's generations.

Prize: As the second runner up, Julie will receive a copy of My Life & Times: A Guided Journal for Collecting Your Stories from Family Tree Books.

Thanks to all Participants!

To show our gratitude to everyone who entered the Family Tree Magazine – Abbott Press Publishing Contest, we’re offering each entrant a 25% discount on any Abbott Press publishing package! Please speak with your Abbott Press Publishing Consultant to claim your discount.