For twenty-five years, the National Genealogy Hall of Fame program, administered by the National Genealogical Society, has honored outstanding genealogists whose achievements in the field of American genealogy have had a great impact on our field. Qualified nominations are solicits yearly from genealogical organizations. Those nominated must have been deceased for at least five years and have been actively engaged in genealogy for a minimum of ten years. Their contributions to the field of genealogy in this country need to have been significant in a way that was unique, pioneering, or exemplary. Such contributions could have been as an author of books or articles that added significantly to the body of published works, served as a model of genealogical research or writing, or made source records more readily available. Nominees could also have been a teacher or lecturer, or contributed to the field through leadership in a genealogical organization or periodical.
Entries are judged by a panel of genealogists from various parts of the United States. This year’s committee consisted of Christine Rose, CG, of Virginia and California, chairman, and Donn Devine, CG, CGL, of Delaware, Sandra Hewlett, CG, of Pennsylvania, Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, of Tennessee, and Loretto Dennis Szucs, of Illinois. This year, Albert Cook Myers, whose nomination was made by two nominating societies, the Chester County Historical Society, Pennsylvania, and the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, was elected.
Albert Cook Myers spent a lifetime finding, copying, transcribing, editing and publishing original records and documents of the early settlers of colonial Pennsylvania and Delaware.
In 1910, Albert Cook Myers started assembling material on the life and writings of the founder of Pennsylvania, William Penn, including years spent in England and Ireland copying letters from private collections. He was considered the greatest living authority on William Penn and his period.
For most of his life, Albert Cook Myers dedicated himself to the early history of Pennsylvania, especially to the history and genealogies of the Quakers. He was a life members of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, worked tirelessly in their office and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania collections, as well as Friends Library at Swarthmore college, resulting in the publications of many well-known books and numerous articles. He left an important legacy and well sized legacy when he donated his life’s work to the Chester County Historical Society.
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