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

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.

2007 Award of Excellence in Genealogical Service presented to Thelma Eye Brooks

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.

More than any of these specific accomplishments, the most wonderful thing about Thelma is that she is always willing to share her knowledge and experience with everyone. She is always a “can do” person and works tirelessly for Taconnett Genealogical Library, the chapter, and genealogy researchers everywhere.

Maine Genealogical Society honors her extraordinary contributions to the Society and for advancing the field of genealogy in the State of Maine.