The National Genealogical Society, in cooperation with ProQuest Information and Learning, seeks nominations for its annual award to a librarian who has made significant contributions to the field of genealogy and local history. The nominee must have at least five years experience in a public or special library.
Named for the late P. William Filby, Director of the Maryland Historical Society and author of many outstanding genealogical reference books, the Filby Award was created and first presented at the 1999 NGS Conference in the States by publisher Scholarly Resources, Wilmington, Delaware. In 2004 and 2005 the prize was sponsored by the Godfrey Memorial Library and is currently sponsored by ProQuest. The winner receives a $1,000 check.
Past recipients of the Filby Prize:
- 1999: Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck, Dallas Public Library, Dallas TX
- 2000: Pamela Hall Cooper, Indian River County Public Library, Vero Beach FL
- 2001: Martha Henderson, Mid-Continent Public Library, Independence MO
- 2002: James Hansen, Wisconsin Historical Society Library, Madison WI
- 2003: Carole C. Callard (1941-2005), Library of Michigan, Lansing MI
- 2004: James Jeffrey, Denver Public Library, Denver CO
- 2005: Ron D. Bryant, Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Parks Dept.
The deadline for nominations is April 1, 2006.
Check the NGS Web site - www.ngsgenealogy.org for criteria and submission information. Past recipients of the Filby Prize review nominations and select the winner. The award is presented at the 2006 NGS Conference in the States in Chicago, Illinois, June 7-10, 2006.