Society Award Nominations Now Open

Nominations for the Washington State Genealogical Society’s Outstanding Communication Award and Outstanding Project Award are now being accepted. Deadline for both awards is April 1, 2018.

WSGS President Ginny Majewski presenting Outstanding Communication Award to Mary Simonsen from the Whitman County Gen Soc, 2017

Outstanding Communication: This award honors the society that makes the best use of any form of communication, including websites, social media, newsletters, lectures, videos, podcasts, etc. to convey valuable information and/or training to its members or the public.

Nominations will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

• General look and feel
• Readability and attractiveness
• Overall publication make-up
• Writing and editing quality
• Variety of information and originality
• Reflects local flavor of Society
• Contains information on local resources
• Current, frequent usage or viewership
• Of general genealogical interest to a broad audience

More information, including the nomination form for the Outstanding Communication Award, is available HERE.


WSGS’s Interim Recognition Chair Roxanne Lowe presents the 2017 Outstanding Project plaque to Cathy Cook from the Grays Harbor Genealogical Society.

Outstanding Project Award: The award is given to local genealogical society that completes an exceptional genealogical or historical project in the past year.

The project may be either one-time or ongoing, a single program or a series of programs, but must have been completed by December 31, 2017. Nominations for the Outstanding Project Award should include a description of the project, goals and objectives, and a summary of the reasons for the nomination. A history of the project should also be provided, including timelines, major milestones, and roles of participants. The deadline to nominate your local project is April 1, 2018.

Nominations will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Number of society members participating in the project.
  • Number of society members and/or general public benefiting from the project.
  • Support of local society and/or WSGS goals.
  • Quality and usefulness of the project.
  • Extent of publicity used to promote the project.
  • Success of the project in meetings its goals and objectives.

More information, including the Nomination Form, for the Outstanding Project Award is available HERE. Questions should be directed to Roxanne Lowe, Interim Chair, WSGS Recognition Committee.