Saturday, November 29, 2008

Donald Mosher Memorial Award for Colonial Virginia Research

Contact Beverly Rice, CG (sm)

The Donald Mosher Memorial Award for Colonial Virginia Research is a $500 grant established in 2001 by Merrill Hill Mosher, cg(sm) in honor of her late husband. This Award was created to encourage the study and publication of Colonial Virginia records of the 17th and 18th centuries. The award can be granted for work in three categories: family genealogy, immigrant origins, or publications. This award can be granted to an individual, society, library or other organization.

Family Genealogy
  • Begins with a couple who lived in Virginia during the 17th or 18th century, with some descendants living in Virginia for at least three generations.
  • Traces all male and female descendants of the couple for at least three generations.
  • Places families in the historical context in which they lived.
  • Consists of an unpublished, fully documented family study prepared from original source material.

Immigrant Origins

  • Focuses on a 17th century Virginia immigrant whose origins have not been established.
  • Connects the immigrant to his European place of birth.
  • Documents the research that proves the connection to the European family.

Publication Plans
For a project that will make available Virginia records from the 17th or 18th century.

  • Includes plans to make available Virginia records that are currently obscure, difficult to access, and not previously published.
  • Details publication plans, either print or electronic.
  • Includes a sample of the final publication format

The award is presented yearly during the National Genealogical Society conference and the deadline for submissions is February 20th of each year. For more information check out the website at or contact Beverly Rice, CG(sm) at

This award is administered by the BCG Education Fund. The Ed Fund was created in 2000 as a 5.01 (c) (3) tax-exempt charitable trust to promote the educational aims of the Board for Certification of Genealogists® by funding educational and research activities that further genealogical scholarship, either directly or through grants to other tax-exempt organizations.