Sunday, October 21, 2012

Cheryl Willis Patten - Award For Excellence in Genealogical Service

Today, we justly recognize one of the most stalwart members of MGS, one who has served as an officer of the Society with distinction as well as held a watching brief for the Society in many other organizations of which she is also a member.

Her knowledge of genealogical research methods and sources has been demonstrated many times, in many places, including prior MGS conference and at the conferences of other organizations with parallel interests.

So began the comments made by MGS President, John "Jack" F. Battick on September 22, 2012 as he introduced the most recent honoree to be presented the MGS Award for Excellence in Genealogical Service.  Jack went on to list other service area of Cheryl's including her work with the Maine Old Cemetery Association (MOCA), The New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC), dedication to MGS chapters, including serving as an officer for both Taconnett Falls and the Sandy River chapters of the Society.  She has transcribed the marriage records of Somerset County and been published in The Maine GenealogistCheryl has also been a memver of the Executive Committee of MGS, the Conference Committee and the Nominating Committee.

Those who know her well (or even in passing) seem to agree with Jack's final comments on the matter:

It may truly be said that she has embodied the ideals and goals of MGS.
For more on Cheryl's nomination, and to see past winners of the Maine Genealogical Society's Award for Excellence In Genealogical Service, visit the MGS web site:

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