awards were presented for 2008, recognizing outstanding individual
and organizational contributions to Jewish Genealogy. These awards
were presented during the banquet held in conjunction with the 28th
IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy at Magnificent
Mile Marriott in downtown Chicago 21 Aug 2008.
IAJGS Achievement Awards Committee chair was Stephen P. Morse -Chair
(San Francisco, CA) Other members of the committee were Rieke Nash
of Sidney, Australia; Ilene Murray of St. Louis, MO; Hal Bookbinder
of Agoura Hills, CA; and Michael Brenner of Las Vegas, NV.
Lifetime Achievement Award for 2008 was presented to Howard Margol
"In recognition of his pioneering work in Lithuanian Jewish
Genealogy research, his personal efforts on behalf of Lithuanian
record access and translation, and his many years of guiding genealogists
back to their roots. The American Fund for Lithuanian-Latvian
Jews, which Howard created, provides much needed help to the Jewish
community of the Baltic States. He has served in many roles, including
president of the JGS of Georgia, president of the IAJGS, and chair
of the Litvak SIG..."
Jewish Genealogy Award
for 2008 was presented to
"In recognition of his original contribution to the Jewish
genealogical community by the creation of an online virtual museum,
The Museum of Family History. This impressive and professionally-produced
body of work reflects his hard work and dedication in accumulating,
recording and sharing an incredible variety of relevant resources.
Designed to encourage Jewish families to research and document
their own family histories, Steve's inspiration will continue
to benefit future generations"
Project Award for 2008 was presented to Petra Laidlaw
"For creating "The Jewish Community in Mid-19th Century
Britain" database. Bringing together information from
personal records and scores of published sources, more than 200
individuals have created a growing consolidated database of Jewish
residents in Britain in 1851. This resource already includes more
than half of Britain's mid-19th century Jewish population. It
contains clear instructions and is readily accessible for both
inquiry and update at the JGSGB website."
2008 Outstanding Publication Award was presented to The Jewish
Genealogical Society of Great Britain
"For its collection of guidebooks comprising the "Jewish
Ancestors?" series focusing on Jewish genealogical research
in Europe, understanding Hebrew inscriptions and documents, and
organizing family history records. This well-written and illustrated
set of books contains an abundance of valuable information for
family historians at all skill levels. Visually appealing, carefully
edited, and professionally printed, the guidebooks clearly reflect
the value JGSGB puts into both publishing for and educating Jewish
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