Friday, August 23, 2019

Unsung Heroes Award for Michigan Italian Genealogy Society

We announced the winners of the Unsung Heroes Awards on in our blog on August 21, 2019, for the 3rd Quarter of this year. The awards have been announced at the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference in Washington, DC.

As we announced, the Society category winner is the Michigan Italian Genealogy Society for its work in digitizing and indexing funeral cards for people with Italian surnames and making them available on the Internet. A majority of the cards are from the Detroit area dating from 1924 to 1999, and they contain names, birth and death dates, and the name of the funeral home. Many also have photographs of the individual. This online collection can be accessed at

Dan Earl, popular genealogy speaker, received the award on behalf of the society from Rick Voight, CEO of Vivid-Pix, partner with The Genealogy Guys Podcast in this awards program. 

The Individual winner of the quarter's Unsung Heroes Awards is James "Jim" Paprocki for his tremendous work on the Rochester Churches Indexing Project for churches in the Rochester, New York, area. That award was announced at the conference and he will receive his award next week.

It is our distinct pleasure to recognize those individuals and organizations involved in digitizing, indexing, transcribing, and publishing great materials on the Internet for the benefit of family history researchers worldwide.

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