It was my honor to receive the 2015 President's Citation from Jordan Jones, President of the National Genealogical Society at the annual conference held this year in St. Charles, Missouri this past May. The accompanying letter was read during the opening session:
"The President’s Citation is given in recognition of outstanding, continuing, or unusual contributions to the field of genealogy or to the society. The National Genealogical Society President selects the recipient. Pat Richley-Erickson, also known as “Dear Myrtle,” is awarded the 2015 NGS President’s Citation.
Pat Richley-Erickson, also known as “Dear Myrtle,” engages the genealogy community in all media, whether it is on her blog itself, her Google+ hangouts, or her flash interviews. She provides news and commentary for all levels of genealogists, encouraging beginners to continue and to learn, and reminding more experienced genealogists that they have things they can learn as well.
Pat has encouraged genealogists and genealogical societies to be more inclusive of people with different backgrounds and heritages than the majority culture. This is certainly an area where the genealogical community has had challenges and can still improve, as Pat has pointed out.
Pat’s leadership of study groups around two key NGS publications, Tom Jones’ Mastering Genealogical Proof and the Kay and William Freilich’s Genealogy and the Law has raised the visibility of those books, and—more importantly—helped people work through the concepts and information in those titles to become better genealogists.
The genealogical community has been enriched by Pat’s leadership in education, inclusion, and social media, and because of her generous sharing of her insights and opinions. I am pleased to honor her with the President’s Citation."
NOTE from DearMYRTLE: A person does not receive an award like this without a community of people working together. +Cousin Russ Worthington has been Ol' Myrt's right-hand technology expert. Mr. Myrt makes everything possible. Our study group panelists provide enlightening discussions I could never accomplish in lecture format.
Thank-you, Jordan and the NGS Board for your kind recognition of the work we do in the DearMYRTLE genealogy community. We support the standards set by the National Genealogical Society and look forward to many more years of happy association.
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