NSGS Genealogist of the Year
Each year the Nebraska State Genealogy Society offers an award to one genealogist or family historian for exceptional and outstanding service to his or her local genealogical society and the genealogy community as a whole. Nominations are sought from all the genealogical societies and organizations in the state. The NSGS board then selects the winner from the nominations received, and a Genealogist of the Year is recognized at the Annual Conference each spring.
Past genealogists of the year:
2008 Denny Norvell, Auburn
2009 Kenneth Freeman Moseman
2010 Mary Landkamer, Broken Bow
2011 Ruby Coleman, North Platte
2012 Sue Doak, McCook
2013 Judi Cook, Lincoln
2014 Sandra Slater, Holdrege
2015 Phyllis Ericson, Lincoln
2016 Rosalie McKnight, Broken Bow
2017 Ruth Briney, Lincoln
2018 R. J. "Chris" Christensen, Curtis
R. J. "Chris" Christensen, 2018 Genealogist of the Year
The Southwest Nebraska Genealogical Society nominated R. J. "Chris" Christensen in recognition of his dedication and service to their society and genealogy in southwest Nebraska. Chris has been involved with genealogy for over 35 years. He currently serves as president of SWNGS. While living in California, he spent summers in Frontier county, Nebraska gathering records. He put indexes of those records on the Nebraska GenWeb site for Frontier county. He moved to Nebraska in the 2000s, and got involved with SWNGS. He faithfully attended monthly meetings, as well as volunteering in their library twice a week. He also helped digitize many projects there. He was involved with the scanning project with Family Search. He also taught a 2-day genealogy class with Sherrie Dack for Bison Days. We are very pleased to give him this award.