A new year brings new opportunities to honor outstanding contributions to the North Carolina genealogical community through the NCGS Awards Program. The Awards promote continued excellence in North Carolina genealogy and also inspire others to publish abstracts and transcriptions of North Carolina county and state records, cemetery and Bible records, family histories, and society journals and newsletters and to develop informative genealogical websites. The Awards Committee urges you to join the society in recognizing the labors of deserving individuals and societies by submitting a nomination for a 2014 Award in one of several categories.
The NCGS Awards nominations are open from January until 15 August 2014. The categories for the 2014 NCGS Awards are as follows:
1. THE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PERIODICAL PUBLISHING for a periodical (newsletter) published by a local North Carolina genealogical society.
2. THE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PERIODICAL PUBLISHING for a periodical (journal) published by a local North Carolina genealogical society.
3. THE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN WEB PRESENCE for a freely accessible website promoting North Carolina genealogy.
4. THE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PUBLISHING for a book, or a set of books, of abstracts or transcriptions of original North Carolina primary source material and published within eighteen months preceding the closing date (15 February 2013–15 August 2014).
5. THE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PUBLISHING for a book of secondary source material relevant to North Carolina and published within eighteen months preceding the closing date (15 February 2013–15 August 2014).
6. THE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PUBLISHING for a book of family history relevant to North Carolina and published within eighteen months preceding the closing date (15 February 2013–15 August 2014).
7. THE AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO NORTH CAROLINA GENEALOGY for an individual whose genealogical contributions have greatly enhanced the study of family history in North Carolina. The genealogical contributions may be regional.
8. THE AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO NCGS BY A MEMBER for an individual whose work within the NCGS has been outstanding.
Each submission requires a Nomination Form which should be mailed to NCGS Awards, P.O. Box 30815, Raleigh, NC 27622-0815.
A copy of any publication being nominated must accompany the submission, as well as complete contact information and any relevant supporting material, data, or additional written endorsement. Please include the latest 4 issues of a nominated newsletter or journal. Closing date for submissions is 15 August 2014.
Nominations are reviewed by a panel of Judges, and awards will be presented during the NCGS Annual Meeting to be held on 15 November 2014. Printed materials should properly cite their sources. Submissions of printed material are donated to the State Library of North Carolina in Raleigh after the judging process. If you have questions, please send an e-mail to Pam Toms, Awards Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guidelines for NCGS Awards for genealogical publications or websites worthy of consideration for nomination.
The 2013 NCGS Awards were presented at the NCGS annual meeting during the Fall Workshop on 9 November 2013 at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh. Three individuals and one society were recognized for outstanding published efforts and personal contributions to the North Carolina genealogical community.
“The award for excellence in periodical publishing for a newsletter published by a local North Carolina genealogical society” went to Lines & Pathways of Edgecombe, published by the Edgecombe County Genealogical Society and edited by Zora Drake-Richman. Accepting the award were Ms. Drake-Richman and Betty Cobb Batchelor. This polished, well laid out quarterly keeps its members up to date through calendars of events, membership information, publications lists, an ancestor exchange feature, and guidelines for submitting articles. A cross between a newsletter and a journal, it treats its readers to interesting, documented, member-submitted articles ranging from family research to historical subjects to abstracts of original records and local newspapers.
In response to requests for guidelines for genealogical publications or websites worthy of consideration for nomination for the annual NCGS Awards, the Awards Committee has prepared written criteria for outstanding works.
Comparing one publication with another in its category to consider which is more worthy of an award, NCGS Award judges take into account what is good and what needs improvement in each publication with a number of specific qualities being considered, as appropriate, for periodicals, books, and websites.
Detailed criteria are available in the following document: NCGS Awards Guidelines.
The 2012 NCGS Awards were presented at the NCGS annual meeting during the Fall Workshop on 13 October 2012 at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh. Eight individuals and societies representing northeasten, Piedmont, and western North Carolina were recognized for outstanding publications and personal contributions to the North Carolina genealogical community.
The Donald Mosher Award was presented at the 2010 National Genealogical Society Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Nathan W. Murphy, MA, AG, for his paper "The Devon Seafaring Origins of William Byrd's Mother's Family: Grace (Stegge) Byrd of London, England, Thomas Segge of Westover Parish, Charles City County, Virginia, and Captain Abraham Reed of Charles City County, Virginia; Including Additional Details about His Father John Byrd's Career as a London Goldsmith."