Wednesday, October 19, 2011

National Genealogical Society Seeks Nominations for the 2012 Genealogy Hall of Fame

For Release: 19 October 2011

The National Genealogical Society Seeks
Nominations for the 2012 Genealogy Hall of Fame

The National Genealogical Society is seeking nominations from the genealogical community for persons whose achievements or contributions have made an impact on the field. The NGS Genealogy Hall of Fame program increases appreciation of the high standards advocated and achieved by committed genealogists whose work paved the way for researchers today.

Since 1986 when Donald Lines Jacobus became the first genealogist elected to the National Genealogy Hall of Fame, twenty‐four outstanding genealogists have been recognized for their contributions. The NGS 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 NGS headquarters in Arlington, Virginia.

The 2012 honoree will join this select group of distinguished members. This year’s selection, and the society that honored the nominee, will be feted at the 2012 NGS Family History Conference to be held in Cincinnati, Ohio, 9-12 May 2012. Nominations for election to the 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 be 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.
  • Nominations for election to the Hall of Fame are due by 31 January each year. Official nomination forms are available from the Awards & Competitions section on our website, http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/awards_competitions, or by contacting the National Genealogical Society via postal mail at 3108 Columbia Pike, Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22204‐4304 or by phone at 800‐473‐0060.

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. To see a list of previous inductees, please visit the NGS Genealogy Hall of Fame Members section on our website.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, VA-based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, research guidance, and opportunities to interact with other genealogists.