[APG Public List] 2009 Jacobus Award

Helen S. Ullmann hsullmann at comcast.net
Sat Oct 17 08:50:33 MDT 2009


Forgotten Patriots  Wins the Jacobus Award

At its meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 10 October 2009, the American 
Society of Genealogists voted to give their annual Donald Lines Jacobus 
Award to FORGOTTEN PATRIOTS, AFRICAN AMERICAN AND AFRICAN INDIAN 
PATRIOTS IN THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR: A GUIDE TO SERVICE, SOURCES, AND 
STUDIES, edited by Eric Grundset, Director of the DAR Library in 
Washington, D.C., and published by the DAR in 2008.

Researched by Briana L. Diaz, Hollis L. Gentry, and Jean D. Strahan, as 
well as by the editor, this substantial reference work has a general 
introduction, state-by-state introductions, sources, and bibliography, 
an alphabetical list of names with source codes, maps, photographs, and 
a glossary of obscure words found in the original records. Many 
appendices deal with topics such as documenting the color of soldiers 
and using names as clues to finding them. It is not a collection of 
biographies but a compilation of source references for individual 
soldiers that will greatly improve the breadth and accuracy of research. 
Since Revolutionary War service is often the starting point for research 
on families of color, this book opens new doors in an increasingly 
compelling field of genealogy.

The Donald Lines Jacobus Award was established in 1972 to encourage 
sound scholarship in genealogical writing. It is presented to a model 
genealogical work published within the previous five years. A list of 
the books receiving the award in previous years appears on the American 
Society of Genealogists website (www.fasg.org). Anyone planning to 
publish their own research, especially as a compiled genealogy or family 
history, would do well to study the format and style of these books.

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