ISFHWE Establishes Prestigious New Award

Myra Vanderpool Gormley

The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) will be honoring Myra Vanderpool Gormley by establishing an Award of Merit in her name. Most of you know Myra as the editor of our sister publication, the RootsWeb Review. She’s been working in the field since the 1980s and her career includes a syndicated newspaper column in the L.A. Times, articles in numerous publications-both online and off, and various volunteer positions. Those of us fortunate enough to know Myra, admire her knowledge, giving spirit and wonderful sense of humor. Congratulations Myra, on this much-deserved honor!
Following is the press release that was sent out by ISHFHWE president, George Morgan.

April 2, 2006 – Odessa, FL

The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) is pleased to announce the establishment of the Myra Vanderpool Gormley Award of Merit to recognize excellence in leadership and accomplishment in the field of genealogical writing, editing, and publishing. The award is named for Myra Vanderpool Gormley, a world-renowned genealogist, whose career began in the late 1980s and early 1990s with her involvement in both General Electric’s GEnie online service and Prodigy. Her weekly column, Shaking Your Family Tree, was a smash success and was syndicated by the Los Angeles Times. In the succeeding years, she co-authored (with Julie Case) the RootsWeb Review, which premiered on 17 June 1998. She has written innumerable articles in newsletters, journals, magazines, and on the Internet in Web pages, mailing lists, and other electronic media. She also has served as mailing list administrator at, and as Webmaster for a number of sites.

Ms. Gormley was a founding member of the Council of Genealogy Columnists (later renamed the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors), and has held key positions in a number of genealogical societies and other organizations. Throughout the years, she has selflessly volunteered her time to benefit other genealogists, whether through her writing or through providing writing and publishing advice and mentoring
developing authors.

The Myra Vanderpool Gormley Award of Merit was established to recognize the qualities that Myra has exemplified throughout her career and continues to share with others.

The Myra Vanderpool Gormley Award of Merit will be presented to the first recipient at the ISFHWE Gala Awards Banquet to be held on Thursday evening, 8 June 2006, at the National Genealogical Society’s 2006 Conference in the States in Chicago, Illinois. The banquet will also be the occasion for the awarding of prizes in ISFHWE’s
prestigious annual Excellence-in-Writing Competition.
For more information about this press release, please contact George G. Morgan at

One thought on “ISFHWE Establishes Prestigious New Award

  1. Congradulations to Myra V Gormley, she has helped all of us learn how to tackle our ‘family problems’ and make it fun while we are gathering the precious information… for our kids. thanks for being here(there) for us. Sincerely, Nancy B

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