The following announcement was written by the National Genealogical Society:
ARLINGTON, VA, 6 MAY 2016—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) held its annual banquet on Friday evening, 6 May, at the NGS 2016 Family History Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to present awards that acknowledge and honor genealogical scholarship and service. The banquet speaker, David E. Rencher, AG, CGSM spoke on the topic “It Don’t Matter,” a lighthearted look at what really matters to genealogists. Each year, these awards are presented to organizations and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to NGS programs or have performed outstanding work in the field of genealogy, history, biography, or heraldry.
National Genealogy Hall of Fame
Beginning in 1986, the National Genealogy Hall of Fame program, administered by the NGS, has honored outstanding genealogists whose achievements in the field of American genealogy have had a great impact on our field. Qualified nominations are solicited annually 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.