About the Award
The Excellence in Genealogy and Local History Award is sponsored by the Genealogy and Local History Committee of Interest and is given annually to recognize and honor excellence in the field of genealogy and local history for Missouri libraries, repositories, and staff. The award seeks to encourage excellence in genealogical and local history research, patron assistance, exhibits, online resources, public programs, and other media. Individual nominees must be employed by a Missouri library, but are not required to possess an MLS degree. Institutional nominees must be a Missouri library. Projects involving institutional collaboration will be considered, but must involve a Missouri library as a principal partner.
- Application must demonstrate excellence in the field of genealogy
and/or local history
- Application must outline scope and significance of work being nominated
- Work being nominated must have be completed within the past two (2) years
2019 – Renee Jones
Renee Jones was instrumental in transferring the St. Louis Obituary Index into CONTENTdm. This involved transferring old data and reformatting each individual record. She also added records that had not been previously accessible online. The index now has approximately 970,000 listings and is continuing to grow. St. Louis Public Library users can search the index and send a request for a scanned copy of the listing from microfilm or databases. Thanks to the new St. Louis Obituary Index, SLPL is now processing between 30-40 records requests per day.
2018 – Jennifer Sanders-Tutt