Joe Anderson, chair of the MGS Awards Committee, reported that consideration was given to presenting it to just one of them, but the Gowers very much work as a team and honoring one and not the other would be a bit of an injustice.
Jerry and Janice have been invaluable in their support of the Maine Families in 1790 series, having contributed 215 families for the last 6 volumes and many more for the upcoming Volume 11. Not only have they contributed families, they have led workshops encouraging and teaching various genealogical groups around the state about the 1790 project and they have taken a number of individuals under their wing to help them work up their first submissions to the project. Both have also contributed over the years numerous articles and source material for publication in The Maine Genealogist and have served as Contributing Editors of the journal for several years.
Congratulations to Jerry & Janice!
GERALD F. AND JANICE D. GOWER
In recognition of their outstanding efforts and scholarship in support of the Maine Families in 1790 project and The Maine Genealogist, and for tirelessly helping and encouraging others to contribute to MGS publications.
The Maine Genealogical Society honors their extraordinary contributions to the field of genealogy in the State of Maine.
September 26, 2009