07 June 2011

NGS 2011 Awards and Competitions -- Part 2

NGS 2011 Awards and Competitions (continued)
by Phyllis Matthews Ziller, mlis

The inaugural Shirley Langdon Wilcox, FNGS, Award for exemplary volunteerism was awarded to Shirley Langdon Wilcox, cg, fngs. Shirley has offered her services repeatedly and often to NGS as tour leader, board member and president, sometime office hand, and conference participant through the past several decades. Her response to any request for aid as a committee member has offered NGS valuable insights and wisdom.


The Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship, sponsored by ProQuest, is awarded to a librarian whose primary focus is genealogy and local history and who is employed in a public, academic, or special library. This award, and its $1,000 cash prize, was awarded to Tim Blevins, Manager of Special Collections at the Pikes Peak (CO) District Library. Tim’s achievements have significantly enhanced the ability of Colorado Springs-area residents to research their family history.

The Milton Rubincam Youth Award encourages and recognizes our youth as the next generation of family historians. This year’s recipient was Mathew Dalton Lauderback of Tennessee. The judges in this year’s competition remarked on the overall strength of the field and their submissions. Dalton’s submission, however, was highlighted by strong organization, the use of a variety of resources, the proper and effective use of source citations, and good writing. “It was among the strongest submissions I’ve ever seen in this category,” commented one veteran evaluator.

The Home Study Course Scholarship was awarded to Amie R. Tennant of Illinois. This scholarship is given to encourage those pursuing a career in genealogy and who have demonstrated a serious interest in genealogy.

The NGSQ Award for Excellence, for an outstanding article published in the NGSQ in the previous calendar year, was presented to David Ouimette, cg, for his article, “Proving the Parentage of John Bettis: Immigrant Ancestor of Bettis Families in Vermont,” which was published in September 2010.

The Family History Writing Contest award is presented to an individual who compiled a family history of at least three generations. This year’s recipient of the award was Lois Payne Hoover of California for her compilation, “Towne Family: William Towne & Joanna Blessing, Salem Mass., 1635, Five Generations of Descendants.”

The NGS Newsletter Competition recognizes the hard work, long hours, and creativity that editors devote to their newsletters. This year’s categories and winners are:

Major genealogical and/or historical society newsletter
First place: The Septs, The Irish Genealogical Society International, South Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Runner-up: Anglo-Celtic Roots, British Isles FHS of Greater Ottawa, Ontario

Local genealogical and/or historical society newsletter
First place: Chinook, Alberta FHS, Calgary, Alberta
Runner-up: Fairfax County Genealogical Society Newsletter, Fairfax, Virginia

Family association newsletter
First place: The Timen-Stiddem Society Newsletter, Richard L. Steadham, editor (California)

 Congratulations again to all of the award and competition winners!




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