Sunday, May 6, 2012

Nebraska Genealogist of the Year: Ruby Coleman

Ruby Coleman
2011 Nebraska Genealogist of the Year
It should come as no surprise to anyone that Ruby Coleman of North Platte was named the 2011 Nebraska Genealogist of the Year at the 35th annual conference of the Nebraska State Genealogical Society in Grand Island on May 4 - 5, 2012.

Ruby has been doing genealogy for more than 40 years and professionally for more than 25 years. She is an instructor and freelance writer. Her articles have appeared in Ancestry, Internet Genealogy, Family Chronicle and Heritage Quest.

She has also written monthly articles on genealogy for Antique Weekly and a genealogy column for the North Platte Telegraph.

Ruby specializes in research in Nebraska and the plains area. Last year, she published a book on Nebraska research. Her next book focuses on Iowa research and will be published later this year. She has spoken at numerous national conferences as well as at state and local genealogy societies. She frequently is on the program for Family History Expos and writes several genealogy blogs.

Ruby's blogs:

Ruby was nominated by the North Platte Genealogical Society.

Ruby and I have been online friends on Genealogywise and Facebook for about two years and this marked the first time we met in person. I felt very fortunate to be able to spend some time with her at this year's conference and soak up some of her genea-energy. What a lady! I am really looking forward to attending several of her presentations at the Midwest Family History Expo that will be held in Kearney in September. Ruby is also a gadget lady and after watching her use a magic pen for taking and recording lecture notes, guess what's on my wish list!

There were 12 other nominations for genealogist of the year, all of whom were recognized at the conference. Three were nominated by my "home" society, the Lincoln-Lancaster County Genealogical Society (LLCGS): Al Harlow, Judi Cook and Phyllis Erickson. Certificates of Appreciation were given to those present.

NSGS President Floyd Smith III presents
 a Certificate of Appreciation to LLCGS President Phyllis Erickson.

NSGS President Floyd Smith III presents
 a Certificate of Appreciation to LLCGS Program Chair Judi Cook
I apologize for the blurry photo - you know how hard
it is to catch either Floyd or Judi standing still!

Other posts in this series about the 2012 NSGS conference:

Exhausted and Exhilarated

Arrows in Your Genealogy Quiver - summary of presentations by Laura Prescott

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  1. How cool! Congrats to Ruby and thank you for sharing about the NSGS conference. It sounds like it was a hit!