Wednesday, October 24, 2007

For Their a Jolly Good Fellow

The American Society of Genealogists elected four Fellows at its annual meeting in Salt Lake City on 13 October 2007, bringing the total of living Fellows to its maximum allowed number - fifty. An FASG is elected for life based on the quality and quantity of his or her published genealogical work. For more information about the ASG, visit

Fellow Number 154. Cherry Fletcher Bamberg is a graduate of Brown University and of Linacre College, Oxford University. She has been editor of Rhode Island Roots since 2002. In 1998 she began publishing books and articles dealing with early Rhode Island genealogy.

Fellow Number 155. William Wyman Fiske, M.D., is a graduate of Swarthmore College and the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine, with residencies at UCLA School of Medicine and Yale School of Medicine. Since 2000 his articles on English origins of American colonists have appeared in leading genealogical journals. His election marks a first for the ASG- his mother, Jane Fletcher Fiske (elected 1983), is also a Fellow.

Fellow Number 156. Frederick C. Hart Jr., CG, is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the Thayer School of Engineering, and since 1988 has published widely on Connecticut, New York, and German families.

Fellow Number 157. Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, is a graduate of the University of South Florida, George Peabody College for Teachers (now Vanderbilt University), and the University of Pittsburgh. He has taught education at Gallaudet University since 1981 and has been co-editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly since 2003. In 1990 Dr. Jones began publishing on many genealogical topics and is one of the only two double winners of the NGSQ Award of Excellence for its best article of the year.

Jacobus Award

The 2007 Donald Lines Jacobus Award has been presented to Alvy Ray Smith for his ELDER BETHUEL RIGGS OF MORRIS COUNTY, NEW JERSEY, published by the Newbury Street Press. The first of several projected volumnes on the Riggs family, this book has a preface explaining Mr. Smith's use of DNA. For a review see the upcoming October 2007 issue of THE NEW ENGLAND HISTORICAL AND GENEALOGICAL REGISTER.

The Jacobus Award was established in 1972 to encourage sound scholarship in genealogical writing. It is presented to a model genealogical work published within the previous five years. A list of books receiving the award in previous years appears on the American Society of Genealogists websites, Anyone planning to publish their own research, especially as a compiled genealogy or family history, would do well to study the format and content of several of these works.

For ordering information, see, which handles sales for NEHGS. Helen Schatvet Ullmann, FASG

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