MGS Awards


Awards for Excellence in Genealogical Research

This award focuses on efforts in scholarship and shall be presented to an individual in recognition of outstanding research published in an MGS publication (recipient does not have to be a current MGS member); in recognition of research or other genealogical information published in a non-MGS publication (recipient does have to be a current MGS member); or other contribution to the MGS Publication Committee.

Recipient to be nominated by the Awards Committee.  This award will be presented at the Committee’s recommendation, will not necessarily be given every year.

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Awards for Excellence in Genealogical Service

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.

Recipient to be nominated by the membership of MGS; Awards Committee will review nominations and select 3 to recommend to the Executive Committee for final decision.  Nominations shall indicate qualifying service and contain biographical and other pertinent information. The person making the nomination must be a member in good standing with Maine Genealogical Society.

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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.”

This award will be presented at the Executive Committee’s pleasure and will be used to recognize individuals whose contribution to the Society and the community are truly significant. It will recognize those individuals whose outstanding achievement, leadership, ingenuity, and superior performance set a model for all of us to emulate. Clayton set the standard for this award and it is with honor that we introduce this award in his honor.

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.

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