Family history essay contest for young people

Here is another good idea from the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN) to engage young people in their family history and the history of Montreal.

QAHN has teamed up with the Quebec Federation of Home and School Associations to create An Island of Stories.  According to a notice in QAHN’s eNewsletter, this is an “inter-generational contest to enable students to explore their family history and to share it with their community. By asking their parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents to choose a location in or around Montreal that has a special significance for them from their youth, and by sharing that story with their classmates, students will be exploring Montreal history from a highly personal point of view.”

Students are invited to submit a brief essay describing a location, such as a house, school or park, and its significance to their family history, with a photo of the location then and now, and to post their submissions to QAHN’s Mapping the Mosaic website Essays will be judged, with prizes awarded to winners from among elementary and high school students. The contest deadline is April 30, 2014.

For more information, contact QAHN at 819-564-9595, toll free 877-964-0409, or

About Gail Dever

Gail Dever is a Montreal-based genealogist and blogger and a webmaster for the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa.
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1 Response to Family history essay contest for young people

  1. Susan Gingras Calcagni says:

    I believe this is a great project, I will certainly pass this on to the elementary school that my grandson attends!

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