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# Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Announcing Our 2009 Difference Maker of the Year!
Posted by Diane

If you’ve used USGenWeb, RootsWeb, a genealogy society library, the databases on FamilySearch Record Search Pilot, the Ellis Island passenger database, Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness, the photos on Dead Fred, or innumerable other resources and organizations, you’ve been helped by a stranger who just wanted to make it easier for people to find their ancestors.

Nope, your average genealogist wouldn’t get very far without relying on the work of volunteers.

Which is why we started our Difference Maker series—to highlight the efforts of all these unknown volunteers. Family Tree Magazine readers nominated volunteers throughout the year, and we profiled one nominee in each issue. Then readers voted, and the results are in—our 2009 Difference Maker of the Year is Gail Reynolds of Myrtle Beach, SC.

Voters told us how this library volunteer and genealogy instructor has made a difference in their research. “She’ll get you maybe not through that brick wall, but under it or over it. She’ll go to immeasurable lengths to help you—and enjoy every moment.”

Reynolds will receive a year’s subscription to Family Tree Magazine and $100 toward her favorite genealogy cause.

We’re proud of all the genealogy volunteers you’ve met in the magazine this year. In addition to Reynolds, they are:
  • Ellen Thompson, collecting history of local schools
  • Robin Dickson, volunteering and indexing records at her library
  • John Jackson, creating a virtual cemetery for Civil War soldiers
  • Susan Steele, preserving historical insurance records
  • Bennie W. White, compiling records and posting resources free online
Read more about the 2009 Difference Makers on FamilyTreeMagazine.com.


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Tuesday, October 13, 2009 11:32:14 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [1]
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 8:18:51 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
I think it is great that you are doing this recognition as a regular feature in the magazine. All of us who are either serious about genealogy or those who are somewhat less active rely on unknown volunteers a great deal. Thanks to Family Tree Magazine.
John Griffin
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