NGS Announces Its 2021 Awards & Competition Honorees


NGS Pronounces Its

2021 Awards & Competitors Honorees

NGS introduced its 2021 award honorees and competitors winners at our Digital 2021 Household Historical past Convention, NGS Reside!, on 19 Might. The next awards acknowledge excellence, achievement, and genealogical service.

NGS Award Honorees
Nationwide Family tree Corridor of Fame: John T. Humphrey, CG®
NGS launched its Nationwide Family tree Corridor of Fame in 1986. The award honors excellent genealogists whose achievements in American family tree have had an incredible affect on the sector. We invite you to go to the National Genealogy Hall of Fame and study its honorees. Nominated by the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society, this yr’s inductee is John T. Humphrey. Born in Penn Argyl, Pennsylvania, in 1948, he died in Washington, DC, in 2012. At all times a scholar, Humphrey had a ardour for sharing his data and educating others.

In demand as a speaker on German and Pennsylvania matters, Humphrey grew to become an knowledgeable in studying previous German script. In 2008, at Williamsburg’s four-hundredth Anniversary Celebration, he gave a keynote tackle on German contributions to America. Two years later, he was invited to Germany to talk on researching Germans in America. In 2011 he taught the first-ever German course at Samford’s Institute of Family tree and Historic Analysis.

Humphrey authored many genealogical articles and books. Two of his most acknowledged publications are Understanding and Utilizing Baptismal Information and Pennsylvania Births, fifteen volumes of delivery and baptism transcriptions. He broke new floor when he unearthed ancestor charts of Nazi SS officers in captured German information housed at the USA Nationwide Archives. Humphrey served as president of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society and vp of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania. He joined the NGS workers as schooling supervisor in 2000.

All who heard Humphrey’s lectures, learn his books and articles, or participated in NGS actions he initiated, benefited from his data and expertise.

The Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship, sponsored by ProQuest since 2006, honors an impressive librarian whose major focus is family tree and native historical past. This yr’s winner, David E. Rencher AG®, CG, FIGRS, FUGA, is director of the Household Historical past Library (FHL), Salt Lake Metropolis, Utah, and the chief genealogical officer for FamilySearch.

Rencher is without doubt one of the few genealogists with AG and CG credentials and a famend lecturer who presents at native, nationwide, and worldwide conferences, institutes, and webinars. In his skilled capability, he companions with archives to digitize historic information and is a trusted collaborator. His management in expertise superior the guide scanning program for FHL; record-matching strategies for FamilySearch databases; and implementation of automated indexes for the 1880 census, the Social Safety Loss of life Index, and army casualty information for Vietnam and Korea.

Rencher just lately authored Analysis in Arizona for NGS‘s Analysis within the States sequence of guidebooks. He is also the creator of quite a few articles, significantly relating to Irish analysis, and a contributing creator of NGS’s on-line course for Persevering with Genealogical Research referred to as Battle of 1812 Information.

Previous president and a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Affiliation, Rencher is at present on the Board of Administrators of the Nationwide Genealogical Society. He is also a Fellow of the Irish Genealogical Analysis Society in London; vp of the Worldwide Society for British Family tree and Household Historical past; advisor to the Board of the New England Historic Genealogical Society; and director for Gen-Fed Alumni Affiliation.

The 2021 Convention Award was offered to the Virginia Genealogical Society, Mary Vidlak, president, in recognition of its dedication and sustained service to the 2021 NGS Household Historical past Convention.

Convention Certificates of Appreciation honor the VGS host committee chairs: Mary O’Brien Vidlak, CG, & Chuck Novak; volunteer co-chairs: Katie Derby and Kathy Merithew; registration co-chairs: Donald Moore and Phillip Ciske; publicity co-chairs: Robin Dwyer-Maurice and Teresa Kelly; convention blogger: Shannon Benton; hospitality chair: Catherine Gill; VGS sales space co-chairs: Deborah Harvey, CG, and Nicki Peak Birch, CG; VGS occasions chair: Mary O’Brien Vidlak CG.

President’s Quotation
The President’s Quotation acknowledges and acknowledges significantly devoted efforts on behalf of the Nationwide Genealogical Society. In the course of the previous yr, within the midst of a historic pandemic, the NGS workers accepted the herculean job of transitioning to a newly merged group whereas increasing the Society’s teaching programs and making ready for our second digital Household Historical past Convention. Regardless of lockdowns and altering protocols with all the extra work that resulted, NGS workers exemplified a unprecedented stage of professionalism. “With gratitude for his or her experience, vitality, flexibility, and optimistic perspective,” NGS President Kathryn Doyle mentioned, “I’m thrilled to current this yr’s NGS President’s Quotation Award to our devoted workers: Government Director Matt Menashes; Accounting Supervisor Karen Soch; Convention Supervisor Erin Shifflett; Member Providers Supervisor Susan Yockey; and Courtney Holmes, our Registrar for a few years.

NGS Competitors Winners
The NGS Awards for Excellence are offered for a selected, vital single contribution within the type of a household family tree or household historical past guide; a publication discussing or demonstrating genealogical strategies and sources; or an article revealed within the NGS Quarterly.

Award for Excellence: Family tree and Household Historical past Guide

This yr’s recipient is Kyle Hurst, of Boston, Massachusetts. The title of her guide is Ancestors and Descendants of Charles Le Caron and Victoire Sprague.

Honorable point out: Michael Develop, for his guide, John Develop of Ipswich, Massachusetts, and A few of His Descendants: A Center-Class Household in Social and Financial Context from the seventeenth Century to the Current.

Award for Excellence: Genealogical Strategies and Sources
Elizabeth Proven Mills, CG, CGLSM, FASG, FNGS, FUGA, is that this yr’s recipient. The title of her guide is Skilled Family tree: Preparation, Observe, and Requirements.

Honorable point out: Peter J. Malia, for his guide, New Haven City Information, 1769-1819.

Award for Excellence: Nationwide Genealogical Society Quarterly
LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CGL, of Washington, DC, acquired the Award for Excellence for her article, “Mother and father for Isaac Garrett of Laurens County, South Carolina: DNA Corroborates Oral Custom,” revealed within the June 2020 situation of the NGSQ.

The NGS Household Historical past Writing Contest has been a Society custom since 1986. This yr’s winner is Amy Larner Giroux, PhD, CG, CGL, for her paper, “The Many Names of Frances Ellsworth: Correlating Proof to Establish a Delivery Identify.”

The NGS E-newsletter Competitors acknowledges the exhausting work and creativity of volunteer editors who publish the newsletters of our member organizations. The competitors opinions them in keeping with dimension of membership: small organizations (beneath 500) and huge organizations (500 and up).

Giant Societies and Organizations:
This yr’s winner is The Tracer, publication of the Hamilton County (Ohio) Genealogical Society, Eileen Muccino, editor.

Honorable Point out: Virginia Genealogical Society E-newsletter, revealed by the Virginia Genealogical Society, Orange, Virginia, and edited by Birgitte Tessier.

Small Societies and Organizations:
The winner is the E-newsletter of the Irish Household Historical past Discussion board, Lengthy Island, New York, edited by Jim Regan.

Honorable point out: Our Endicott Heritage Path, John Endecott Household Affiliation, Laurie Endicott Thomas, editor.

The Rubincam Youth Writing Contest was established in 1986 to encourage and acknowledge our youth as the following technology of household historians. It honors Milton Rubincam, CG, FASG, FNGS, for his a few years of service to NGS and to the sector of family tree.

Senior Class (Grades 9 – 12):
Wren Marsh of Houston, Texas, for his entry, “Technology to Technology.”

Honorable point out: Akram Elkouraichi, of Yonkers, New York, for his paper, “Challenge Hesperides: A Genealogical and Biographical Examine of the Elkouraichi Household of Ben Ahmed, Morocco Via the Generations.”

Junior Class (Grades 6 – 8):
Asa Marsh of Houston, Texas, is the winner for his paper, “A Brief Historical past of My Grandmother: Helen F. Wren.”

Honorable point out: Ava Bielawski, of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, for her entry, “Dorothy Lundy: A Daughter of Emile Terrenoire, The place the Inspiration Started.”

SLAM! Thought Showcase Awards
On 18 Might, throughout NGS 2021 SLAM! Thought Showcase, six organizations acquired awards. They had been chosen from amongst thirty-two recorded video “poster” displays highlighting modern tasks, applications, and actions benefiting genealogical researchers. The winners had been St. Louis Genealogical Society, St. Louis, Missouri: “Congregation Challenge”; German Historic Institute, Washington, DC: “German Heritage in Letters”; and Chester County (Pennsylvania) Archives: “1777 Chester County Property Atlas Portal.” Honorable mentions went to Godfrey Memorial Library, Middletown, Connecticut: “Family tree Roundtable”; Kentucky Historic Society, Frankfort, Kentucky: “Kentucky Ancestors City Corridor”; and St. Louis Public Library, St. Louis, Missouri: “Rooted in Inclusion: Forgoing the Household Tree Mannequin.”

The Nationwide Genealogical Society congratulates all of the 2021 award recipients and contest winners. Honest thanks go to the volunteer judges, chairs, and evaluators from throughout the nation who generously gave their time and experience to assessment the submissions for every award and competitors. Thanks, too, to Janet Bailey, awards chair, and Susan Yockey of the NGS workers.

Please assist us with awards for subsequent yr, once we hope to be collectively once more. Think about nominating a person or group who exemplifies the qualities we honor with our awards or encouraging somebody to take part in one in all our competitions.

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