Create a numbered genealogy of ABC TV’s Modern Family.
a DNA test courtesy of AncestryDNA
or a 37-marker Y-DNA test courtesy of FamilyTreeDNA
or a copy of Mastering Genealogical Proof by Thomas W. Jones, courtesy of the National Genealogical Society.
ABC’s TV series Modern Family features a blended family like those we encounter in real life. SpringBoard challenges readers to number a genealogy of Modern Family’s characters as if they were a real family. The first-place winner may choose among the three prizes above. The second- and third-place winners will choose from the remaining two prizes. The first-place entry will be published in a future SpringBoard post.Rules:
- Contest is open to all persons eighteen years and older. You need not be Board-certified to enter or win. Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists are not eligible to win.
- Contest will run from 1 June 2016 to midnight 1 July 2016, Eastern Daylight Time. Email your entry in a stable format to NumberingContest@gmail.com. Include your full name and mailing address.
- Void where prohibited.
- Watching Modern Family is not required. Online resources are offered below. No purchase is necessary.
- Entries must follow the NGS Quarterly System as demonstrated in Numbering Your Genealogy (Joan Ferris Curran, Madilyn Coen Crane, and John H. Wray, Numbering Your Genealogy: Basic Systems, Complex Families, and International Kin, ed. Elizabeth Shown Mills, rev. ed. [Arlington, Va.: National Genealogical Society, 2008]). This system is also used for the examples in the SpringBoard numbering posts (links below) and in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly.
- Jay Pritchett is the starting point person, individual number 1.
- All regularly appearing characters in Modern Family must be included.
- Entries must include genealogical sketches comprised, where appropriate, of a character’s
- individual number
- generation number
- birth-order number
- parenthetical summary of descent
- birth and marriage information (with missing or unknown information indicated by ellipses [ . . . ])
- spouse information
- child list
- Extensive biographical information is discouraged.
- Accuracy of numbering relationships will determine the winner. Accuracy of formatting, interest of presentation, and earliest date of receipt of entry will break ties.
- Decision of the judges is final.
- ABC’s Modern Family
- Wikipedia on Modern Family
- Springboard numbering posts: Numbering 2, Numbering Adoptees, Numbering 3, Numbering 4
- Numbering Your Genealogy is available in hard copy and pdf from the National Genealogical Society online store.
All contestants will win the best prize of all, experience writing a genealogy for a complex family.
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