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08 May 2018

Nancy Peterson honored with NGS Award of Merit

Nancy Simons Peterson received the 2017 Award of Merit at the annual meeting of the prestigious National Genealogical Society (NGS) last week in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This award is in recognition of her efforts on behalf of NGS. A consummate researcher, Nancy is the author of Raking the Ashes: Genealogical Strategies for Pre-1906 San Francisco Research. First published in 2006 and revised and updated in 2011, the book continues to be CGS’ best seller.  Nancy is well known at CGS where for more than a decade she generously volunteered her time and talents on an enormous variety of projects. She gave countless hours as the society’s research director, co-led numerous research tours and served three terms on the board of directors.  She is celebrated for her research, writing, editing, and lecturing skills. Currently a resident of Portola Valley, Nancy also lived for a time in Washington state, where she taught genealogy classes and was the editor of the Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society quarterly publication, The Researcher.

Trish Nicola
Accepting the award on Nancy’s behalf was her friend Trish Hackett Nicola of Seattle. Trish is a CGS member and a trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG). A longtime volunteer with the Seattle NARA, she was the recipient of the Weidman Outstanding Volunteer Service Award in 2016. She also writes an information-packed blog exploring the Chinese Exclusion Era records in Seattle.

Also at the conference, Kathryn Doyle was voted in as Vice President of NGS. She served on the CGS board for six years and launched this blog in 2007.

We are proud of these women, grateful for their connections to CGS, and we look forward to seeing their future work.

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