The Award for Outstanding Contribution to NC Genealogy

The Award for Outstanding Contribution to NC Genealogy

Recognizes an individual whose longtime genealogical contributions have greatly enhanced the study of family history in North Carolina and the region.

How to Nominate an Individual

Fill out a Nomination Form and submit by mail along with supporting material, data, or additional written endorsement to:

NCGS Awards Committee
6300 Creedmoor Road, Suite 170 #323
Raleigh, North Carolina 27612


Previous Winners

  • 2017  Lois Johnson Meekins
  • 2016  John Anderson Brayton
  • 2015   Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to North Carolina Genealogy: Helen F. M. Leary
  • 2014
    1.  “Pat” Shaw Bailey, posthumously
    2.   Pam Toms
  • 2013  Larry Cates
  • 2012  Betsy Dodd Pittman
  • 2011   Helen Bell Leverton
  • 2009   Dr. A. Bruce Pruitt
  • 2008   Herman W. Ferguson
  • 2005   Doris Ward
  • 2003   John Henry Oden III, posthumously
  • 2002  Dr. Barnetta McGhee White
  • 2001   Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to North Carolina Genealogy: Grace Williamson Turner
  • 2000
    1.  Leonard F. Dean
    2.  Lifetime Contribution to North Carolina Genealogy:  Ransom McBride
  • 1999
    1.  Outstanding Contribution to North Carolina Genealogy by a society or institution:  Genealogical Society of Rowan County
    2.  Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to North Carolina Genealogy:  Jo White Linn
  • 1998   William Doub Bennett
  • 1997   Outstanding Contribution to North Carolina Genealogy by a local society:  Genealogical Society of Old Tryon County
  • 1997   Dr. William Dallas Herring
  • 1996   Genealogical Services Branch, State Library of North Carolina
  • 1995  Dr. A. Bruce Pruitt
  • 1994
    1.   Raymond Parker Fouts
    2.  North Carolina State Archives Search Room Staff
  • 1993   James Hunter Chapter, NSDAR
  • 1990   Award of Honor:  Historical Publications Section, North Carolina Archives & History
  • 1989   Award for Exceptional Service to the Field of Genealogy:
    1.   Hugh B. Johnston
    2.   Beverly Tetterton
    3.   William Doub Bennett
    4.   Elizabeth Bray Sherrill
  • 1987   Award of Honor:
    1.   George Stevenson
    2.   Lee Albright
    3.   Officers & Directors of Samford University Genealogical & Historical Institute, Birmingham, AL