12 September 2013

Society of Genealogists (SOG) Launches a New Prestigious Award for the Genealogical Community

Press Release from Society ofGenealogists (SOG) ...

A special Certificate of Recognition has been newly created by the Society of Genealogists to recognise exceptional contributions to genealogy by individuals and institutions worldwide. In the first year nomination forms were made available to Fellows of the Society for their suggestions and four candidates have been recognised by the newly formed awards panel for the new Certificate in 2013. The successful candidates were:

Dick Eastman for having the vision to promote family history through the CompuServe Genealogy Forum and by founding and maintaining the daily Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter.

Dr Hugh Kearsey for actively ensuring a wider availability of materials enabling others to pursue family history in Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.

Rosemary Cleaver for her continuous back-room contributions to all aspects of the West Surrey Family History Society over many years.

The Polish Archive of Przemyślu in recognition of outstanding maintenance of local family records, particularly appertaining to Akcja Wisła*, and in the efforts to making them accessible to researchers from far and wide.

Formal presentations will be arranged over the coming months.

Nominations for 2014 are now open the public and forms (along with nomination guidelines) are available from the Chief Executive, June Perrin at [email protected]

*Akcja "Wisła (Operation Vistula) was the codename for the 1947 forced resettlment of post-war Poland’s Ukranian Minority carried out by Soviet controlled Polish Communist Authorities.
The Polish archives of Przemyślu holds and makes available information on the communities and families affected drawn from identity cards and other documents.

Congratulations to all of the winners!

Editor’s Note: Dick Eastman will be familiar to many of you and The Polish Archive of Przemyślu has a special place in my heart as my ancestors were part of that resettlement as we learned when an estate fell to my grandmother and her nine Ukrainian ancestors (who originally lived in Galicia (south-eastern Poland near the border with the Ukraine) and were resettled).

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