In 1998 the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies began to honor those who have made significant contributions to the field of Jewish Genealogy. These first awards were announced at the 18th Annual Conference on Jewish Genealogy held in Los Angeles, July 1998.
IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Award: Gary Mokotoff
Outstanding Contribution to Jewish Genealogy via the Internet Award: Susan King
Outstanding Contribution to Jewish Genealogy via Print Award: Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain for its Shemot journal