— in grades 10 to 12 or between the ages of 16 and 18; and junior — in
grades 7 to 9 or between the ages of 13 and 15. They need not be members
of the National Genealogical Society. The winners receive a plaque, NGS
Home Study Course and a one-year membership to NGS. The senior winner
also receives a $500 cash award.
The next deadline is Jan. 31, 2011.
For more information and details on
submitting an entry, go to www.ngsgenealogy.org; click on competitions, then on
Rubincam Youth Award.
25 questions to ask your
parents and/or grandparents and/or great-grandparents:
1. Does your family surname have any
2. What is your ethnicity (or what
country did your ancestors come from) on your father's side? On your
3. What is your full name? Why did your
parent select this name for you? Do you have a nickname? Is there a
naming tradition in your family?
4. Where and when were you born? How did
your family come to live where you were born?
5. What is the full name of your spouse?
6. Where and when did you get married?
How did you meet your spouse? How many children do you have? What are
7. What was the
house, apartment, farm where you grew up like? How many rooms? Did it
have electricity, indoor plumbing, electricity?
8. Were there any special items in the
house that you remember?
9. What is your earliest childhood
10. What kind of games did you play
11. What was your favorite toy and why?
12. Did you have family chores? What were
they? Which was your least favorite?
13. Did you receive an allowance? How
much? Did you save some of your money or spend it?
14. What was school like as a child? What
were your best and worst subjects? Where did you attend grade school?
High school? College?
15. In what school activities did you
16. Who were your childhood heroes?
17. What were your favorite songs and
18. Did you have any pets? If so, what
kind, and what were their names?
19. Who were your friends when you were
20. What world events had the most impact
on you while you were growing up? Did any world events affect your
21. How were birthdays, holidays and
special occasions celebrated in your family? Did your family have any
22. Who was the oldest relative you
remember as a child? What do you remember about them?
23. Are there any family stories about
famous or infamous relatives in your family?
24. What accomplishments are you most
25. What do you want people to remember
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