Wisconsin State Genealogical Society

WHS/WSGS Family History Book Award

The Wisconsin Historical Society and the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society invite nominations of published genealogies detailing the history of Wisconsin families for our annual
Genealogy/Family History Book Award.  One award will be given each year. 
Eligibility Requirements:
  • Genealogy must have been published in the calendar year preceding the award
  • Genealogy must have been published in at least 25 copies
  • Genealogy must be at least 50 pages long
  • Genealogy must cover more than one generation
  • Genealogy must show substantial Wisconsin interest or connection
Award Criteria:
  • The quality and depth of research and documentation (inclusion of more than just names, dates and places)
  • Accounts should include activities, achievements and personalities of individuals described
  • Attractiveness of presentation and ease of use (do the illustrations, table of contents, index, tables, etc., contribute to the quality of presentation?)
Due Date:   March 15 of each year (postmarked or delivered)
How to Apply:
  • Nominations must be submitted on the Nomination Form.  One copy of the book nominated should accompany the nomination form.  Self-nomination is permitted.
  • Books submitted will be retained for the collection of the Wisconsin Historical Society if a copy is not already in its library.  Note:  If a copy of the book is already in the collections of the Wisconsin Historical Society Library, indicate that fact on the nomination form; it is not necessary to send a second copy.
Send Applications To:
Wisconsin Historical Society
Attention:  Lori Bessler
816 State Street
Madison, WI 53706-1482
For more information, contact Lori Bessler at Lori.Bessler@wisconsinhistory.org or call 608-264-6519.  You may also visit https://www.wisconsinhistory.org/Records/Article/CS3614 to review this information.  
Awards are initially reviewed by a committee of judges appointed by the two societies, and then approved by the Awards Committee of the Board of Curators.  The presentation of the award is normally done at the WSGS Fall Seminar, but will be made at a time and location convenient to the recipient, if necessary.  Books published by the Wisconsin Historical Society and the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society are not eligible to receive awards.
Book Award Winners
Year Author(s) Title
Wisconsin Historical Society Library
Call Number
2021 Nancy M. Vance Some Descendants of Widow Foord: 1621-2021  
2020 Jeanne Forbes The John T. Holtz & Anna C. Moll Family in Mecklenburg, Germany & Columbus, Wisconsin CS69 .F63 2019
2019 Philip H. Hasheider The Christoph Zick Family 1769-2018 F580 .H37 2018
2018 DuWayne H. Hansen There Were Giants in the Earth in Those Days CS71 .C69 2017
2017 Katherine L. Kemnitz Three John Chamberlains and Cornelius Atherton: A Chamberlain Descendant's Search for Her Roots Through the Line of William Chamberlain of Billerica, Middlesex County, Massachusetts CS71 .C443 2016
2016 Kenneth L. Kraemer Wisconsin Kraemers - In the Old World of Bavaria, The Kraemer Series, Volume 2 CS71 .C8903 2014
2015 Brian L. and Mary Mierow Blakely Ordinary People CS71 .B64622 2014
2014 Philip H. Hasheider The Loerpabel Connection: From Germany to Wisconsin and Across America (1745-2013)
CS71 .L8182 2013 
2013 Philip and Mary Kathleen Hasheider The Michael and Caroline Bremel Family of Wisconsin: Their Ancestors and Descendants, 1779-2012 CS71 .B8568 2012
2012 Helen Stoltz-Wood From Denmark to Wisconsin: One Family-Two Ships, 1641-2011 CS69 .S86 2011
2011 Judy Best Boykin Our Best Family-The Descendants of John and Sarah Best, 1800-2010 CS71 .B56 2010
2010 Marion C. (Sura) Groulik The Peter Sura Family Quilt: Sunshine and Shadows Pam 10-1366
2009 John McCallum The Clan McCallum, Books, 5-7 CS71 .M4749
2008 Rick A. Hagen Descendants of Joseph and Catherine Miller of New Berlin, Wisconsin CS71 .M65 2007a
2007 Rachel (Scherf) Levine Scherf:  Christian Andreas Sherf Family, Including his Twin Wilhelm CS71 .S325 2007
2006 Gene Hill Julius Heisinger, Artist: A Ninteenth Century Portrait, His Art and His Family in the Kingdom of Saxony and Wisconsin CS71 .H47354 2005
2005 Philip H. Hasheider The Ancestry and Descendants of Alpheus and Sally Copeland Bass CS71 .B356 2004
2004   (No Award Given)  
2003 Ronald L Giese The August Ferdinand Windau Family: With Related Family Groups by Nack, Paster and Smewing; and Albert, Charles, Emma, Frederick and Louis Windau Pam 04-285
2002 Helen E Brieske, CG Lars and Martha Larson from Valdres Valley, Norway to Vernon County, Wisconsin CS71 .L327 2001
2001 Ronald and Maureen F. Giese The Johann Christian David Wolfgram Family CS71 .W8555 2000
2000 Gloria Bailey Jackson John Goddard of Northeastern Wisconsin: Ancestors and Descendants CS71 .G578 1999
1999 Donald and Sylvia Green The Descendants of William McCain, 1781-1998 CS71 .M154 1998
1998 Merlin E. Horn Heritage of Pioneer Farmers: A History of the Horn and Koch Families from Northern Germany to Shawano County, Wisconsin CS71 .H815 1997
1997 Robert J. and Rita Fralish Mitchell The Fralish Genealogy: The Descendants of Christopher Frohlich and Agnes Pokorna CS71 .F812 1996
1996 Rosemary Ruth Rick John Rick (1852-1924) Wausau, Wisconsin and His Family Pam 95-807
1995 Alice Back Palmer Our Dutch Heritage: Family Back CS71 .B11847 1994
1994 Linda Berg Stafford Tangney and Day Families of Adams County, Wisconsin CS71 .T163 1993
1993 Edna D. Pieper Cherney Pieper Footsteps Pam 93-311
1992 Mary Jane Johnson Descendants of Chrisian Friedrich Seefeld: A History of His Children Who Emigrated to America from Pomerania and Their Families CS71 .S4486 1991
1991 John Edward Armstrong An Armstrong Ancestry CS71 .A74 1990
La Vern F. Pittman
The Family of John and Deborah (Flick) Meyers
CS71 .M995 1989