Celeste Hyer – 2016 Excellence In Genealogical Service Award

Paul Doucette and Celest Hyer (2016)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
Presented to
CELESTE HYER
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.
September 2016

Richard Spinney – 2015 Excellence in Genealogical Service Award

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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
Presented to
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.
September 2015

2013 – Michael F. Dwyer

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.

Jerry & Janice Gower Receive Award

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.

Joseph Crook Anderson II, FASG, Honored

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.

Clayton Rand Adams Memorial Award

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.”

MGS Honors Gerald & Janice Gower

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.

MGS Honors Valdine Chalmers Atwood

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.

2013 Award of Excellence in Genealogical Service Dale Mower

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

2008 Award of Excellence in Genealogical Service – Call for Nominations

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.