New Fellows of the American Society of Genealogists and 2016 Winner of the ASG Scholar Award

The following announcement was written by the folks at the American Society of Genealogists:

The Fellows of the American Society of Genealogists (ASG) held their annual meeting on Saturday, October 8, 2016, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Nathan W. Murphy of Saratoga Springs Utah, and Alicia Crane Williams of Plymouth, Massachusetts, were elected to the Society as its 165th and 166th members, respectively.

Nathan W. Murphy has been a professional genealogist for many years, specializing in both British and Colonial Virginia research. His research ability is of the highest caliber, as evidenced by his numerous publications in the major genealogical journals over the last decade. His awards include, among others, the International Student Scholarship from the University of Leicester (2004) and the Donald Mosher Memorial Award for Colonial Virginia Research from the Board for Certification of Genealogists (2010). In addition to his publications, he created the Immigrant Servants Database, which has received high praise for its scholarship.

Alicia Crane Williams is currently the Lead Genealogist for the New England Historic Genealogical Society’s “Early New England Families, 1641–1700” project. Previously she served as the Assistant Historian General at the General Society of Mayflower Descendants. Her scholarly publications, produced over the past thirty-five years, include numerous articles in all of the leading New England journals and many books on eastern Massachusetts families.

The Society granted its annual Scholar Award to Steven W. Morrison, MPA, of Olympia, Washington, for his article “Quaker John Starr of Antrim and Cavan, Ireland, and His Five Sons Who Sailed to Pennsylvania.” The ASG Scholar Award rewards talented genealogists with stipends to pursue advanced academic training in genealogy.

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I think the work of top scholars like these is too often overlooked. If you really want to see excellent research and learn how solid conclusions are reached, seek out the work of ASG fellows. That sometimes means finding articles in genealogical journals, which aren’t used nearly enough by hobby genealogists. Congratulations to the new fellows!

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