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The Excellence in Genealogy and Local History Award is sponsored by the Genealogy and Local History Committee of Interest and is given annually to recognize and honor excellence in the field of genealogy and local history for Missouri libraries, repositories, and staff. The award seeks to encourage excellence in genealogical and local history research, patron assistance, exhibits, online resources, public programs, and other media. Individual nominees must be employed by a Missouri library, but are not required to possess an MLA degree. Institutional nominees must be a Missouri library. Projects involving institutional collaboration will be considered, but must involve a Missouri library as a principal partner. 


  • Application must demonstrate excellence in the field of genealogy and/or local history
  • Application must outline scope and significance of work being nominated
  • Work being nominated must have been completed within the past two (2) year


2023 - State Historical Society of Missouri

2022 - Local History & Genealogy Department, Springfield-Greene County Library District

2021 - Kansas City Black History 2021 compromising three community agencies - Kansas City Public Library (KCPL), Black Archives of Mid-America, and Local Investment Commission (LINC). 

2019 - Renee Jones

Renee Jones was instrumental in transferring the St. Louis Obituary Index into CONTENTdm. This involving transferring old data and reformatting each individual record. She also added records that had not been previously accessible online. The index now has approximately 970,000 listings and is continuing to grow. St. Louis Public Library users can search the index and send a request for a scanned copy of the listing from microfilm or databases. Thanks to the new St. Louis Obituary Index, SLPL is now processing between 30-40 records requests per day. 

2018 - Jennifer Sanders-Tutt


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