Awards

The Federation of Genealogical Societies presents awards to its member societies or individuals that belong to a member society. FGS also presents some awards to other organizations and individuals to recognize their contributions to family history. The presentations of the awards serve multiple purposes.

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Recognize a society or individual for making a significant contribution to the genealogical community.

Thank a society or individual for the time and effort they have given.

Illustrate the types of projects, services, and activities that have benefited the genealogical community. 

Nominations for awards may be submitted at any time during the year by individuals or organizations but must be received by July 15th each year to be considered for that year's FGS conference.

Most awards are announced during the annual FGS Conference, however, some may be announced at other events.

Not all awards are presented each year.

Click here to see a list of past recipients from 1981 to present.

Awards List and Descriptions

Award of Merit

A certificate presented in recognition of meritorious service or distinguished work in genealogy and family history. Several can be given each year to individuals or organizations. (Established July 1983.)

Certificate of Appreciation

A certificate presented to an individual or organization expressing thanks for work performed for FGS in an outstanding manner. Several can be given each year. (Established July 1983.)

David S. Vogels, Jr. Award

A plaque presented to an individual in recognition of outstanding career contributions to FGS. Generally, but not necessarily, given once each year. (Established 9 March 1990.)

Delegate Award

A certificate presented to a current Delegate of a member society in recognition of exemplary service to FGS as a member of an FGS standing committee or as an active participant in an FGS project. Generally, but not necessarily, given once each year. (Established February 1993.)

Director's Award

A plaque presented in recognition of both exceptional contributions to the field of genealogy and family history, and extra-mile efforts to promote good will and improve services. It is generally presented to an individual or non-member organization, but all organizations are eligible. (Established September 1984.)

Distinguished Service Award

A certificate presented to an individual or an organization, in recognition of exemplary and outstanding service to FGS or to a member society. The organization must be a member of FGS, and the individual must be a member of an FGS member society. More than one such award could be given each year. (Established July 1983.)

Genealogical Tourism Award

This certificate recognizes and encourages a phenomenon garnering greater public attention: tourism and travel related to family history. (Established September 2011)

George E. Williams Award

A plaque presented to an individual in recognition of outstanding contributions within a single year to either FGS, a member organization, or both. Given generally, but not necessarily, once each year. (Established October 1981.)

Lou D. Szucs Service Award

A plaque presented to recognize the contributions of an individual whose positive personal influence and extraordinary service to FGS and the genealogy industry have gone above and beyond the norm, impacting the overall benefit to the genealogical community at-large and spreading the awareness of family history to the general public. (Established September 2016.)

Outstanding Society Technology Award

This certificate recognized a tech-savvy FGS member society for its website, online presence, social networking, blog, or specific technology related project that provides examples and ideas from which other societies can benefit. (Established April 2014)

Presidential Citation

A certificate presented to an individual or organization whose contributions or service to FGS or the genealogical community are singled out for recognition by the FGS President. (Established July 1993.)

Rabbi Malcolm H. Stern Humanitarian Award

A plaque presented to recognize the lifetime contributions of a rare individual whose positive personal influence and example have fostered unity in the genealogical community, provided leadership to its individual members, and helped make family history a vital force in the community at large. (Established January 1994.)

Repository of the Year Award

A plaque that recognizes a library, archive, historical society, museum, academic institution, or other repository for its exceptional impact and contribution to the genealogy community, preservation of records, access to records, technology advances, or other services to family history.

Technology Advances Award

This certificate honors an innovative product that enhances the genealogy experience, genealogy community, or records preservation. This may be presented to an organization, business, or individual. (Established April 2014)