National Genealogical Society Seeks Nominations for the 2017 National Genealogy Hall of Fame

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

At the NGS Conference in the States, held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, last May, the National Genealogy Hall of Fame welcomed Marsha Hoffman Rising, a well-known scholar, educator and author whose leadership enhanced and guided many genealogical institutions for which she served. She was nominated by the American Society of Genealogists and she became the thirty-first member to be so honored.

Would your society like to honor a genealogist whose unique, pioneering, or exemplary work lives on today? Perhaps there was a notable genealogist in your state or county whose name should be memorialized in the National Genealogy Hall of Fame.

If so, the National Genealogical Society would like to hear from you. NGS and the National Genealogy Hall of Fame Committee are seeking nominations from the entire genealogical community for persons whose achievements or contributions have made an impact on the field. This educational program increases appreciation for the dedication and useful advancements achieved by committed genealogists whose work paved the way for researchers today. This is an opportunity for your nominee to receive national exposure for their contributions to genealogy.

Since 1986 when Donald Lines Jacobus became the first genealogist elected to the National Genealogy Hall of Fame, thirty-one outstanding genealogists have been recognized for their contributions. The next honoree will join this select group of distinguished members. The winner and the society that honored the nominee will be announced at the NGS 2017 Family History Conference in Raleigh in May.

Nominations for election to the National Genealogy Hall of Fame are made by genealogical societies and historical societies throughout the United States.

Guidelines for nominations:

  • A nominee must have been actively engaged in genealogy in the United States for at least ten years, must have been deceased for at least five years at the time of nomination, and must have made contributions to the field of genealogy judged to be of lasting significance in ways that were unique, pioneering, or exemplary.
  • The National Genealogy Hall of Fame is an educational project in which the entire genealogical community is invited to participate. Affiliation with the National Genealogical Society is not required.
  • The National Genealogy Hall of Fame Committee elects one person to the Hall of Fame annually. Those elected are permanently commemorated in the Hall of Fame at Society headquarters, Arlington, Virginia.
  • Nominations for election to the National Genealogy Hall of Fame are due by 31 January 2017. Official nomination forms are available from our website, http://www.ngsgenealogy.org under the Awards tab, or by contacting the National Genealogical Society, 3108 Columbia Pike, Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22204-4304; phone 1-800-473- 0060.

To read short biographies of previous Hall of Fame members, visit http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/halloffame_winners

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