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John D. Reid in his blog “Anglo-Celtic Connections” (Sept.24, 2009) outlined a two new essay competitions by the Ontario Genealogical Society aimed at young people.

The Dr. Don Brearley Genealogical Essay Prize is open to secondary school students in grades 11 and 12. For this, the first year, it is open to Toronto District School Board students only. In future years it will be available to students in other Ontario school boards. Submission deadline is February 26, 2010.
The Mike Brede Genealogical Essay Prize is open to any full-time student in a university or community college who is either a resident of Ontario or attending an Ontario university or community college. Submission deadline is February 26, 2010.

The problems that Mr. Reid sees is that the Society have missed the boat. Young people today are more interested in expressing themselves through the multi-media and web content. It’s an argument that I have been on about for several years with the London and Middlesex Societies. As Mr. Reid states “It would have been eye opening for the Society if they were faced with evaluating YouTube videos, blogs, maybe even a series of tweets.”

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