Certificates of Appreciation are the oldest awards regularly granted by the Society. Beginning in the early 1960s, the Society has occasionally granted a Certificate of Appreciation to an individual or organization whose extraordinary contributions to the discipline of genealogy have merited such recognition. The recipients of Certificates of Appreciation are listed below.
Mary Givens Bryan, State Archivist of Georgia (awarded posthumously).
Arthur S. Maynard, retiring as Assistant Librarian, New York Genealogical and Biographical Society.
Dr. Kenneth Scott, for locating and preserving colonial records.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, on the occasion of it first World Conference on Records.
New England Historic Genealogical Society, for its services to scholarly genealogy over the past century and a quarter.
Dr. Jean Stephenson, for her many contributions to genealogy, notably for creating and sustaining the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
Clifford Neal Smith, for locating and preserving German-American records.
Lida Flint Harshman, for compiling Ohio records.
Fred J. Reynolds, Librarian of the Public Library of Fort Wayne and Allen County, Indiana, for creating its unique genealogical collection.
Brent Holcomb, for collecting and publishing records of North and South Carolina.
William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, for their Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790—1920 (1987)
Robert W. Barnes, for his Baltimore County Families, 1659—1759 (1989).
Virgil D. White, for his several series of military pensions indexes and abstracts.
Ralph D. Crandall, Executive Director, New England Historic Genealogical Society, on the occasion of its 150th anniversary.
P. William Filby, for wide contributions to the genealogical community.
The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, for its outstanding collection of genealogical sources and helpful service to genealogists from all over the world.
Eric G. Grundset, for his his series of definitive state-based bibliographies of sources related to the era of the American Revolution, published since 2013.