High School Youth Award

The Lee County Genealogical Society has established an annual High School Youth Award to encourage students in Grades 11 and 12 to become family historians in order to research their heritage. The LCGS will annually provide a one-time award of $500.00 to the student whose entry demonstrates the best understanding of genealogical research and documentation as evidenced by thorough biographical details and accurate supporting evidence. Consideration will also be given to writing style. The $500.00 check will be awarded May 19, 2016.
Applicants must be in Grades 11 or 12 and enrolled in a Lee County, Florida high school program. The entry must be an original unpublished work in English. Do not send original documents nor include any financial information as your source references. The entry becomes the property of the LCGS and will not be returned, so be sure to make a copy of your entry for yourself. Entries will not be eligible for later resubmission.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult the links provided for guidelines and genealogy references.
Submission Requirements
Entry must be based on applicant’s personal research of a family’s history.
Entry must be the original, unpublished work of the applicant.
Entry must contain a one page 4-generation ancestor chart with the applicant as the first generation and tracing the direct line/adoptive line back 3 generations. Applicant should refer to the ancestor chart link above.
The applicant must select one person, either male or female, from each generation in a direct line/adoptive line from the applicant and write a biographical essay, at least one page in length and no more than two pages, on that person for a total of 3 essays.
The birth date and location, names of parents/adoptive parents and sibling(s), marriage date(s) and locations(s), divorce date(s)and locations, death date(s) and locations(s), spouse(s), and names of children with pertinent information.
Other related information may include occupation, places of residence, religious affiliation, schools attended, and military service, as well as relevant historical events that may have affected the person.
The composition should contain a development of ideas, which exemplifies the personality and distinguishing characteristics of the individual. The essay should be written in a manner that is accepted in English classes with the use of proper grammar and spelling.  
Entry must contain a family group sheet for the family of each person selected for a biographical essay. There should be a family group sheet for each marriage if the selected person had more than one marriage. Applicant should refer to the family group sheet link above.
If the biography is about a living person, the application must include an authorization letter signed by the person in which permission has been given to present the information.
•  Use APA Format for writing the essay.  For more information on APA Format click here.
•  Please do not use glitter, colored pens or pencils when finalizing your paper for submission.
•  Entries should be single-spaced, formatted with 1” margins all around.
•  Entries should be printed on one side only of 8 ½” x 11” plain white paper.
•  The typed font should be 12 point Times New Roman.
•  The first line of all paragraphs should be indented and there should be no blank lines between paragraphs.
•  The cover page should contain the title of the essay and the applicant’s name, grade, school of attendance, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address.
•  All pages should be numbered consecutively with the cover page counting as the first page.
•  A Table of Contents, listing page numbers, should follow the cover page.
Supportive Evidence (Do not include originals or personal financial information of your family.)
•  Must accompany entry
•  Must be documented. Information regarding proper documentation with selected examples may be found 
   by clicking here.
•  Must identify original sources (book title, author, page number, microform title, number, and repository).
•  May include photocopies from books or microform or documentation of statements of facts from interviews.
•  Documentation of biographical information must be provided on a separate page (no footnotes) listing the
   sources of documentation following each of the three essays.
   The copies of the supporting evidence should be placed after the source documentation page for each essay.
•  Suggested references for genealogical research may be found by clicking here.
Checklist of items to include with entry:
•  Cover page.                                                                                                                                                                                
•  Table of Contents
•  Ancestor chart
•  Family Information for each selected ancestor (a total of 3 sections):
 • Family Group Sheet(s) - see above.         
 • Biographical essay.
 • List of supporting evidence with sources cited.
 • Copies of supporting evidence.
Submission deadline: February 29, 2016.
Technical questions regarding this genealogical research may be addressed by emailing genhelp@lcgsfl.org or by calling  or Mrs. Carol Rooksby Weidlich, LCGS President or by calling her at 239-246-5185.
Mail completed documents to:
LCGS Education Chair
High School Award Committee 
Lee County Genealogical Society, Inc.
P.O. Box 150153
Cape Coral, FL   33915-0153