Each year the Nebraska State Genealogy Society offers an award to one genealogist or family historian for exceptional and outstanding service to his or her local genealogical society and the genealogy community as a whole. Nominations are sought from all the genealogical societies and organizations in the state. The NSGS board then selects the winner from the nominations received, and a Genealogist of the Year is recognized at the Annual Conference each spring.
Past genealogists of the year:
2008 Denny Norvell, Auburn
2009 Kenneth Freeman Moseman
2010 Mary Landkamer, Broken Bow
2011 Ruby Coleman, North Platte
2012 Sue Doak, McCook (SWNGS)
2013 Judi Cook, Lincoln (LLCGS)
2014 Sandra Slater, Holdrege
2015 Phyllis Ericson, Lincoln (LLCGS)
2016 Rosalie McKnight, Broken Bow
2017 Ruth Briney, Lincoln (LLCGS)
2018 R. J. "Chris" Christensen, Curtis (SWNGS)
2019 Clarabelle "Clair" Mares (Eastern Nebraska Genealogical Society)
2020 Teresa Sullivan, Lincoln (LLCGS)
Clarabelle "Clair" Mares, 2019 Genealogist of the Year
The Eastern Nebraska Genealogical Society nominated Clarabelle "Clair" Mares. She was one of their original members, and has held a variety of offices over the years.She has also worked tirelessly to research publications for the society, creating society mailings, and compiling data for much of the information in the ENGS library. Also in the 1970s, she walked and recorded every cemetery in Dodge county. She did much more outstanding things for Eastern Nebraska genealogy that this would be an entire page. She passed away in September 2019. We are very pleased to posthumously present this award to the society and her family in her honor.
Below is Nona Wiese from ENGS, accepting the plaque in Clair's honor. Nona knew Clair and traveled with her during her many genealogy trips.
Teresa Sullivan, 2020 Genealogist of the Year
The Lincoln Lancaster County Genealogical Society nominated Teresa Sullivan. Teresa served as treasurer of LLCGS for 3 different years. Her records were accurate and organized. She is the driving force for research and collection of information for LLCGS since she joined. She spearheaded project involving indexing and digitizing records and getting them online. She has worked with many different types of records and helped make them available for more people. She also has logged many hours at History Nebraska finding records and researching. Teresa has also presented, helped at conferences and more. One cannot count all the volunteer hours she has donated to genealogy, family history and historical sites. We are so pleased to present this award to Teresa.