The following is an announcement from the Board for Certification of Genealogists:
The Board for Certification of Genealogists Education Fund is now accepting entries for the 2005 Donald Mosher Memorial Trust Award for Virginia research. The award is a $500 grant to fund scholarship in research on Virginia families.
Entries may fall into one of the following three categories:
Family genealogy, meeting the following criteria:
- at least some family members lived in Virginia for at least three generations,
- the genealogy begins with a couple, at least one of whom was living in Virginia in the seventeenth or eighteenth centuries,
- all male and female descendants of the couple are traced for at least three generations,
- families are placed in the historical context in which they lived,
- the genealogy has not been previously published, and
- the work is fully documented.
Study of immigrant origins which
- focuses on a Virginia immigrant of the seventeenth century whose European origins were previously undocumented,
- connects the immigrant to his European family of origin,
- shows the place of birth and names of parents of the immigrant,
- documents and explains all steps in the research making the connection.
Publication plan for a project that will make available to researchers previously unpublished Virginia records of the 1600s or 1700s which are currently obscure or difficult to use and that
- includes an outline and plan for the project,
- presents a sample of the projected format,
- details publication plans, either print or Internet, and
- sets a projected completion date within eighteen months of the submission,
All applications must be received by 10 January 2005 and should be mailed to Merrill Hill Mosher, cg, 90286 Cape Arago Highway, Coos Bay, OR 97420. Questions may be directed to her at MerrillMosher@msn.com. Three researchers who are certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists and specialize in colonial Virginia research will select the successful entry. Announcement of the winner will be made at the 2005 National Genealogical Society conference in Nashville.
Individuals interested in submitting entries that require documented work are encouraged to study examples of such works prior to preparing their work. Examples may be found in The BCG Standards Manual (Orem, Utah: Ancestry Publishing, 2000) and in publications like The American Genealogist (TAG), The Genealogist, The National Genealogical Society Quarterly, New England Historic and Genealogical Register, New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, and The Virginia Genealogist.
Merrill Hill Mosher, cg, of Coos Bay, Oregon, a genealogist who has been certified since 1993 and who specializes in Virginia research, established the trust and the award in 2001 in memory of her late husband.
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