I am pleased to report that the 2017 Award saw an increase in entries from members around the world.
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The quality of the entries was high as well, which led to lengthy debate among the judges.
However, one entry was unanimously considered to be the winning article, and I am very pleased to announce that the First Prize of £100 was awarded to Jane Down, from Ottawa, Canada, with her work entitled 'Finding 21 Children: Simple-Not so Simple!' Jane produced an article that was superbly referenced, easy to read and easy to understand despite the potential for confusion when tracing so many people; the fact that the siblings concerned were her grandmother's adoptive mother shows that blood should not be the only consideration in researching the history of one's ancestors. In true awards show tradition, the winner could not be present to receive their award, so the prize will be delivered via our Canadian agent.
Second Prize (£50) is awarded to Judith Thomas, from Berkshire, for her entry entitled: 'What was Nana reluctant to tell us?' Judith has a lovely witty style of writing, and tells a tale of decades of research to uncover the dark secret in her family's past (with lots of help from KFHS members!). What she uncovered definitely highlights that a very open mind needs to be kept if you start climbing your family tree! Third Prize (£25) is awarded to Brian Homewood from Staffordshire, for his article called 'I Name this Child...?' Brian intention is to try to overturn the accepted parentage of one James Homewood in the 18th Century, flying against the conclusions of most other researchers of the name, with the help of a 'eureka' moment that may reveal his true lineage. The prizes will be sent after the AGM.
Finally, a Highly Commended was awarded to Glynn Brown in Australia, for his original entry 'Leon Brown in South Africa', telling the story of his ancestor's military career in the Anglo-Boer War from a first-person perspective.
To conclude, I call on all our members to consider writing an entry for the 2018 Award; it really could be you, and the 31st August 2018 is really not that far away!
David Wood, Chairman