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From: "Jana Sloan Broglin, CG" <>
Subject: Re: [APG] recognition
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2009 14:29:58 -0400
The Federation of Genealogical Societies recognizes volunteers at their
annual conference. Award criteria may be found at fgs.org. Look at the
left side of the page for "awards." Click and see the listing of awards
that are given. Anyone may be nominated for the awards.
Jana Sloan Broglin, CG
Vice President, Membership
Federation of Genealogical Societies
> Don't tie this to the other comments on recognition, I'm not intending that.
> Separate question, separate issue. Why hasn't one of the national
> genealogical umbrella organizations addressed the question of all those
> nameless volunteers (nameless except to those who know their work) who have
> contributed so much to genealogy over the years, without asking for any
> special recognition in return? People who were there doing the transcripts,
> compiling indexes, intervening and saving records (here I'm thinking of land
> books in Ontario, many of them would not still be around otherwise), and a
> thousand other tasks. Most of us got our start using the fruits of their
> work. I don't think there's enough room on this list to describe what
> they've done, what they still do everyday in the service of genealogical
> research. Is there any special recognition for them at the national level
> (international I guess, but I'm thinking of the umbrella organizations)?
> A nomination process maybe? Honouring a few every year or something?
> Limited to volunteers, those who, as I said in the last email, are still the
> backbone of genealogical work. In our concern for the needs of
> "professionals" and "academics" is there any will to attempt to create a
> national/international recognition process. Maybe a prize of funding for
> their work. Any organization willing to take something like that on?
> Sometimes it's humbling to think how these people have really been the ones
> who have established genealogy as we know it today, the ones who have kept
> it going, and the ones who have brought large numbers of people into the
> field. And what do they ask in return? Nothing.
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