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National Genealogical Society seeks nominations for 2015 Genealogy Hall of Fame

The following announcement was received from the National Genealogical Society:

NATIONAL GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2015 GENEALOGY HALL OF FAME

Would your society like to honor a genealogist whose exemplary work lives on today? Perhaps there was a notable genealogist in your state or county whose name should be memorialized in the National Genealogy Hall of Fame.

If so, the National Genealogical Society would like to hear from you. NGS is seeking nominations from the entire genealogical community for persons whose achievements or contributions have made an impact on the field. This educational program increases appreciation of the high standards advocated and achieved by committed genealogists whose work paved the way for researchers today.

Since 1986 when Donald Lines Jacobus became the first genealogist elected to the National Genealogy Hall of Fame, twenty‐five outstanding genealogists have been recognized for their contributions. The 2015 honoree will join this select group of distinguished members. This year’s selection, and the society that honored the nominee, will be feted at the 2015 NGS Family History Conference to be held in St. Charles, Missouri. Nominations for election to the Hall of Fame are made by genealogical societies and historical societies throughout the United States.

Guidelines for nominations:

  • A nominee must have been actively engaged in genealogy in the United States for at least ten years, must have been deceased for at least five years at the time of nomination, and must have made contributions to the field of genealogy judged to be of lasting significance in ways that were unique, pioneering, or exemplary.
  •  The National Genealogy Hall of Fame is an educational project in which the entire genealogical community is invited to participate. Affiliation with the National Genealogical Society is not required.
  •  The National Genealogy Hall of Fame Committee elects one person to the Hall of Fame annually. Those elected are permanently commemorated in the Hall of Fame at Society headquarters, Arlington, Virginia.
  •  Nominations for election to the Hall of Fame are due by 31 January each year. Official nomination forms are available from our website, http://www.ngsgenealogy.org, Awards & Competitions, or by contacting the National Genealogical Society, 3108 Columbia Pike, Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22204‐4304; phone 1‐800‐473‐0060.

The National Genealogical Society’s Genealogy Hall of Fame includes such notable genealogists as Donald Lines Jacobus, John Insley Coddington, Jean Stephenson, James Dent Walker, Richard S. Lackey, Milton Rubincam, Kenn Stryker-Rodda, Walter Lee Sheppard, Jr., and Rosalie Fellows Bailey. To see a full list of current members of the Hall of Fame, with short biographical notes, visit http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/halloffame_winners.

Georgia Genealogical Society seeks support for the Archives

A few short months ago, the Georgia Archives was in deep trouble. Through the efforts of archivists, librarians, historians, genealogists, and others across the country, the Archives was saved. Though the doors are no longer in danger of closing, the Archives is not quite out of the fire yet. Due to the budget issues, the Georgia Archives is unable to provide all of the services it might like.

The Georgia Genealogical Society recently made the following announcement:

The 2014 project is to support educational programs at the Archives by funding a part time employee to develop and implement educational programs at the Archives. By action of the GGS Board, we have added a line item to our budget to receive funds for this project. It reads “GGS Georgia Archives Education Fund.” All funds donated specifically to this line item will be given to the Georgia Archives. The Director has stated that in 2014 this would be used to hire a part time employee to develop and implement educational programs at the Archives, upgrade educational facilities, and provide educational materials.

If you wish to contribute to this project, checks should be made payable to Georgia Genealogical Society, with “Archives Education Fund” in the notes section, and mailed to Georgia Genealogical Society, Post Office Box 550247, Atlanta, Georgia 30355-2747. GGS is a 501C3 organization and a letter of donation will be provided for tax purposes. It is our plan to present a check to the Archives on our 50th Anniversary, 3 June 2014, and another at the end of 2014. This opportunity to support the Archives is open to everyone, not just GGS members.

As a member of the Georgia Genealogical Society, I plan to contribute to this project. If you are able, I hope you will also consider doing so.

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