The National Genealogical Society invites organizations to submit nominations for the 2007 National Genealogy Hall of Fame. This program, in existence for over twenty years, honors deceased genealogists whose superior achievements in American genealogy, for a period of ten years or more, have made a significant contribution to our field.
Nominations for the National Genealogy Hall of Fame must be made by societies or similar organizations. Nominees must have been deceased for at least five years and have been actively engaged in the field of genealogy in the United States for at least ten years. Their contribution should be unique, pioneering or exemplary. For example they might have
- authored books or articles that serve as models of genealogical research and writing and that added significantly to the body of published work on American families, or made significant corrections to previously published works.
- made genealogical source records more readily available to the public by preserving, transcribing, translating, abstracting, indexing, and/or publishing such records.
- shared with others knowledge of genealogical research methods and sources through teaching and lecturing and/or publication of educational materials.
- contributed time, labor, and leadership to a genealogical organization or a genealogical periodical publication, thus enabling that organization or publication to make significant contributions to the field of genealogy in the United States.
Nominations are due 1 March of each year. A committee will review them and a selection will be made and announced at the 2007 NGS conference that will be held in Richmond, Virginia. If your nominee is not selected, you can submit their name again in future years.Â The current committee consists of Shirley Langdon Wilcox, CG, FNGS, of Virginia, Sandra M. Hewlett, CG, of Pennsylvania, Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FNGS, FASG of Alabama, Christine Rose, CG, CGL, FASG of California, and Loretto D. Szucs of Illinois.
Nominations must be made and signed by a society officer on an official nomination form that is available at the NGS website. To read more about the program and to obtain a form, visit www.ngsgenealogy.org and click on Conferences & Activities, and select Awards and then NGS Competitions. You may also write to National Genealogy Hall of Fame, 3108 Columbia Pike, Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22204-4304 and request a form.