NGS Adds Florence Harlow Barclay to the National Genealogy Hall of Fame

The following announcement was written by the (U.S.) National Genealogical Society:

The National Genealogical Society is pleased to announce the selection of the 2014 inductee to the National Genealogy Hall of Fame Florence Harlow Barclay

Nominated by The American Society of Genealogists. Supported by Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Cape Cod Genealogical Society, and the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

Florence Harlow Barclay was born 5 June 1889 in Whitman, Massachusetts, and died there on 21 December 1980. She was one of the 20th century’s most prolific genealogists.

The main body of her work consists of over fifty articles published in The American Genealogist between 1946 and 1971. Although nearly all her work deals with early families of Plymouth Colony, her clear writing style, use of primary source material, and most importantly, her outstanding analytical skills, make her articles models of genealogical problem-solving. Her articles continue to be cited regularly in the works of more recent genealogists. Mrs. Barclay’s body of work ranks her among the top echelon of American genealogists.

Mrs. Barclay’s election as a Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists in 1955 and her appointment as a contributing editor to The American Genealogist in 1951 were in part a recognition of her standing as the leading expert on families of Plymouth Colony. She also served as vice president of the American Society of Genealogists in 1964-65, and as chairman of publications and membership committees and one of the founders of the Harlow Family Association.

Among her principal lectures was a presentation on 29 October 1961 in Concord, New Hampshire, at the annual meeting of the American Society of Genealogists, “Rebecca Lapham, wife of SamuelWhite or JohnWashburn?” One of her principal publications was the update of the Massachusetts chapter (with Rachel E. Barclay) in Genealogical Research: Methods and Sources, revised edition (Washington, D.C.: The American Society of Genealogists, 1980), 1:139-150, originally written by Winifred Lovering Holman.

The National Genealogical Society welcomes submissions for nominations to the 2015 Hall of Fame. Information on requirements and the nominating form can be found at: www.ngsgenealogy.org\cs\hall_of_fame. Submissions must be made before January 31, 2015.

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