- Curt Witcher, Senior Manager for Special Collections at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, will receive the ISGS Distinguished Service Award for his numerous contributions to the field of genealogy.
- Cheri Hunter, of Decatur, Illinois will receive the ISGS Community Service Award for her extensive work with the Decatur Genealogical Society (DGS) as well as her service as a board member with ISGS.
- Fred Katko, of Peoria, Illinois, will receive the ISGS Special Recognition Award for his work as a generous volunteer with the Peoria County Genealogical Society as well as other societies.
- Christian Bender, a student from Oglesby, Illinois, will receive the ISGS Youth Award for his research project on the Cedar Point Cemetery. The project included researching the history of the cemetery, photographing the headstones, mapping the cemetery and writing a report on the research. This report received a rating of superior at the Illinois State History fair.
- Margaret Collins and Daniel W. Dixon, of Springfield, Illinois, and Auburn, Illinois respectively will receive the ISGS Individual Writer Award as co-winners this year. This award is selected by the editorial board of the ISGS Quarterly and is for the article The Inventive McWhorters of New Philadelphia, Illinois: Patents as a Genealogical Resource.
About Illinois State Genealogical Society
The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) was organized in 1968 – the state’s sesquicentennial year – and is a non-profit, educational organization. ISGS was established for the following purposes:
- To stimulate an interest in the people who contributed to the establishment and development of the State of Illinois.
- To seek, preserve, and make available data pertaining to individuals, families, and groups who lived in Illinois and to events which took place therein.
- To inform people of the value of, and need for, preserving family and local history for posterity.
- To encourage the formation of local genealogical societies and to coordinate and disseminate information.
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