National Genealogical Society

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 National Genealogy Hall of  Fame


Deadline for Submissions—31 January Annually

Nomination Form (PDF 160KB)
Call for Nominations (PDF 216KB)

The Purpose of the National Genealogy Hall of Fame

The National Genealogy Hall of Fame is an educational project sponsored by the National Genealogical Society. The entire genealogical community is invited to participate in this project.

By focusing on the history of genealogy in the United States and on those elected to the Hall of Fame, there will be an increased awareness and appreciation of the high standards those persons advocated and achieved.

The National Genealogy Hall of Fame Committee, a group of distinguished genealogists from throughout the nation, elects one person to the Hall of Fame annually. Those elected are permanently commemorated in the Hall of Fame located in the headquarters of the National Genealogical Society in Arlington, Virginia, and in the virtual Hall of Fame on this website. See National Genealogy Hall of Fame.

Nomination and Election Process

Providing information concerning the history of genealogy in the United States is a serious effort. Through annual elections to the Hall of Fame, we honor those individuals of the past who made significant contributions to genealogy and set the high standards by which we work today.

National Genealogical Society affiliation is not required of nominees, nominating societies, or electors. A nominee must have been actively engaged in genealogy in the United States for at least ten years, must have been deceased for at least five years at the time of nomination, and must have made contributions to the field of genealogy judged to be of lasting significance in ways that were unique, pioneering, or exemplary.

Nominations for election to the Hall of Fame are due by 31 January for the next election. The committee will elect, by majority vote, from among the nominations received, no more than one person to the Hall of Fame each year. Official nomination forms can be downloaded from our website.

Electronic submissions are encouraged.

All nominations must include e-mail contact information.

Nominating Procedure

A nomination for election to the National Genealogy Hall of Fame must be made by a genealogical society or similar organization on the official nomination form. The form must be signed by an officer of the society and mailed to the National Genealogy Hall of Fame, 3108 Columbia Pike, Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22204-4370, or mailed electronically to awards@ngsgenealogy.org. Include "Hall of Fame" in the Subject line of your message. Electronic submissions are encouraged. All nominations must include e-mail contact information. A photograph suitable for enlargement and framing for display in the Hall of Fame must be submitted with the nomination.

Nominations must be received by 31 January. The National Genealogy Hall of Fame Committee will elect, by majority vote, from among the nominations received, no more than one person to the Hall of Fame each year.

Criteria for Election to the Hall of Fame

1. The nominee must have been actively engaged in the field of genealogy in the United States for at least ten years.

2. The nominee must have been deceased for at least five years at the time of nomination.

3. The nominee must have made a contribution or contributions to the field of genealogy in the United States judged to be significant in a way that is unique, pioneering, or exemplary. The nature of those contributions may include, but need not be limited to, the following:

  • authored books or articles that added significantly to the body of published works, and/or that serve as models of genealogical research and writing;
  • made genealogical source records more readily available to the public by preserving, transcribing, translating, abstracting, indexing, and/or publishing such records;
  • shared with others knowledge of genealogical research methods and sources through teaching and lecturing and/or publication of educational materials; and
  • contributed time, labor, and leadership to a genealogical organization or a genealogical periodical publication, thus enabling that organization or publication to make significant contributions to the field of genealogy in the United States.

Questions? Contact the NGS Awards Chair at awards@ngsgenealogy.org.

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