In November 2020, the American Society of Genealogists announced Priscilla Eaton’s The Littlefield Genealogy won the prestigious Donald Lines Jacobus Award. This is the highest honor in the field of genealogy for a “model” published work. Please join us in congratulating Priscilla on this amazing achievement and sending a big thank you for putting together such an impressive collection of Littlefield genealogy.
In recognition of her many years of service to the Maine Genealogical Society, as editor of the Newsletter, as the author or coauthor of twenty- eight MGS Special Publications, as the leader of the Society’s vital record transcription project, and as a long-serving director, officer and friend to all.
During the MGS 2018 Spring Workshop, Paul Doucette received the 2018 Award of Excellence in Genealogical Service. MGS President Carol P. McCoy presented the award to Paul. Congratulations Paul!
At the annual conference in September 2016, MGS Program Chair, Paul Doucette, presented our latest Excellence in Genealogical Service Award to former MGS Membership Secretary, Celeste Hyer. Celeste’s plaque contains the following inscription:
Award of Excellence in Genealogical Service
In recognition of her eight years as Membership Secretary
of the Maine Genealogical Society,
as well as her tireless behind-the-scenes efforts to assist with conferences,
always adding her cheerful sense of humor to make every job more enjoyable.
At the annual conference in September 2015, MGS was proud to honor Richard Spinney with our annual Award of Excellence in Genealogical Service Award. The plaque, which was presented by MGS President, Helen Shaw, reads as follows:
Award of Excellence in Genealogical Service
RICHARD E. SPINNEY
In recognition of his fourteen years as Treasurer of the Maine Genealogical Society,
as well as his leadership, dependability, friendship, and unwavering desire
to advance the field of genealogy in the State of Maine.
In recognition of his outstanding scholarship in the publication of numerous articles that not only demonstrate his mastery of researching Maine source records but also serve as models of how to write a captivating family history,as well as his unfailing willingness to lend his expertise as a Contributing Editor of The Maine Genealogist,the Maine Genealogical Society honors his extraordinary contributions in advancing the field of genealogy in the State of Maine.
September 21, 2013
It was a bit of a wait, but the Gowers finally received their official award at the November 7th meeting of the Greater Portland Chapter of the MGS. Due to illness, they were unable to attend the annual conference back in September where Joe Anderson, chair of the MGS Awards Committee, announced that they were the recipients of the Award of Excellence in Genealogical Research.
We are proud of the efforts both Jerry and Janice have made in furthering the Maine Families in 1790 series, among other research efforts.
Joseph Crook Anderson II was honored for his contributions to MGS at the Annual Conference held in Bangor, Maine, on September 26, 2009, being presented with the inaugural Clayton Rand Adams Memorial Award.
MGS was honored to have Clayton’s widow, Nancy, and his daughter, Sarah, join us for the introduction of this award and the announcement of its first recipient.
MGS President Dale Mower stated –
In considering this award, it seems indeed fitting that the first recipient is Joe Anderson.
Maine Genealogical Society proudly introduced the Clayton Rand Adams Memorial Award at its Annual Conference held in Bangor, Maine, on September 26, 2009. The award was introduced by MGS President Dale W. Mower with the following comments:
Maine Genealogical Society proudly introduced the Clayton Rand Adams Memorial Award at its Annual Conference held in Bangor, Maine, on September 26, 2009. The award was introduced by MGS President Dale W. Mower with the following comments: “As many of you know, MGS lost a true friend back in December, 2008. Clayton Rand Adams served for many years as president of MGS, he was a driving force in helping shape the Society as we know it today. Clayton’s dedication to genealogical research and publication extended far beyond documentation of his own family lines. As an enthusiastic member of MGS he served as its director for several years, president for 11 years, and a contributing editor to the Society’s journal. He wrote prodigiously for all of the Society’s publications, including nearly 190 family histories appearing in the Maine Families in 1790 series.”
Maine Genealogical Society announced at its annual conference held in Bangor on September 26, 2009, that Gerald F. & Janice D. Gower were the recipients of its Award of Excellence in Genealogical Research.
Joe Anderson, chair of the MGS Awards Committee, reported that consideration was given to presenting it to just one of them, but the Gowers very much work as a team and honoring one and not the other would be a bit of an injustice.
At the 2009 Annual Conference held in Bangor on September 26, 2009, Maine Genealogical Society presented Valdine Chalmers Atwood with its Award of Excellence in Genealogical Service.
Valdine Chalmers Atwood has long been recognized as the authority on the history and genealogy of the families of the Machias area specifically and Washington County generally. She has been a member of the Washington County Genealogical Society since 1993, in which year it was established, and has served as its Secretary since 1995, its Program chair since 1995 and as its Newsletter editor since 2005.
In recognition of his exemplary leadership, loyalty, friendship, and service to the Maine Genealogical Society over many years in his various roles as President, Conference Chair, Webmaster, and board member, as well as his willingness to lend his time and expertise to any project the Society undertakes, the Maine Genealogical Society honors his extraordinary contributions in advancing the field of genealogy in the State of Maine. September 21, 2013
At its annual conference on September 20th, Maine Genealogical Society was pleased to recognize Bob Chenard’s contributions to the genealogical community. He was presented with the 2008 Award of Excellence in Genealogical Service.
For those not familiar with Bob, let’s run down a few of his contributions:
Bob has been a member of the Taconnett Falls Chapter of MGS since 1992 and has held the position of Vice-President twice. He is currently serving as VP Director in the Maine-Franco American Genealogical Society of Auburn/Lewiston.
We’re looking for nominations! This is the time to help recognize that unsung genealogical hero who has contributed to your research success.
This award shall be presented to an individual in recognition of outstanding volunteer service to the field of genealogy in and related to the State of Maine through, but not limited to:
volunteer work to genealogical organizations and/or local libraries; efforts making genealogical and historical information more accessible to researchers (transcription of vital and other genealogical records, or publication of genealogical research either in print or electronic media); education (through lectures and participation in presenting workshops); maintaining genealogical website(s); and promotion of genealogy.
Maine Genealogical Society at its conference on September 22, 2007, presented Thelma Eye Brooks with new Award of Excellence in Genealogical Service, in recognition of her years of service in the areas of society volunteerism, teaching and writing. Among her many accomplishments are the publication of the Hermon Roots newsletter from 1989-1999; authorship of a book on 3 generations of early Calais families (published by Heritage Books); and the self-publication of 13 books (5 family books and 8 funeral home records). She also wrote a column “Roots and Branches” which appeared regularly in the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel for 15 years. Thelma has served as president, vice-president and secretary of Taconnett Falls Chapter of MGS, where she has also served on their library committee since 1990 and has served as its chair since 2000. Thelma has taught classes on genealogy, coordinated historical and genealogical research with the Waterville Public Library, and has been a frequent speaker for many genealogical and historical societies.
Maine Genealogical Society at its annual conference on September 22, 2007, presented Marlene A. Groves with its new Award of Excellence in Genealogical Research, in recognition of her outstanding scholarship in carefully transcribing and publishing volumes of Maine town vital records and for encouraging others to do the same.
Her published works include: Vital Records of Lisbon, Maine, Prior to 1892; Vital Records of Islesboro, Maine; Vital Records of Rockland, Maine; Vital Records of South Thomaston, Maine; Vital Records of St. George, Maine; Vital Records of Warren, Maine; Vital Records of Union, Maine; Vital Records of Camden/Rockport, Maine; Vital Records of Friendship, Maine;. Vital Records of Matinicus, Maine; Vital Records of Washington, Maine; and Records of the Rockland Congregational Church 1835-1945. She has also compiled the Index to Maine Seine and The Maine Genealogist and the indices to History of Old Broad Bay and Waldoboro; North’s History of Augusta; Wheeler’s History of Brunswick, Topsham and Harpswell; and Allen’s History of Dresden. In addition, Marlene has also published 3 genealogies of her family: Descendants of John Clarke, Malbon Genealogy and Hinckleys of Maine.