Genealogy Prizes

Two genealogy prizes, the Sumner A. Parker Prize and the Norris Harris Prize, are awarded annually by the Maryland Historical Society for the best publication concerning a Maryland family and the best publication of Maryland genealogical source records, respectively. Winners for the previous year are announced at the MdHS’s annual meeting in June.

Sumner A. Parker Prize description and Winners

Norris Harris Prize description and Winners


Sumner A. Parker Prize

The Sumner A. Parker Prize, a monetary prize of $100, was established by Dudrea Wagner Parker, a well-known art collector and influential cultural figure in the Baltimore area. Mrs. Parker presented the Maryland Historical Society with a monetary bequest in memory of her late husband, Sumner A. Parker, the proceeds of which provide a prize awarded annually for the best genealogical work concerning either a Maryland family or a family originating in Maryland.

Criteria for inclusion

  1. Each entry must be in published format.
  2. Publications of the Press at the Maryland Historical Society are not eligible for inclusion in the contest.
  3. Entries must be documented. References to sources used should be properly cited.
  4. Each entry must include an every-name index.
  5. Entries will be judged on quality of content, scope and organization of material, and clarity of presentation.
  6. The decision of the judges will be final.
  7. Entries for the contest for any given year must be mailed no later than December 31 of that year to the Sumner A. Parker Prize Contest, Maryland Historical Society, 201 West Monument Street, Baltimore, MD, 21201.
  8. Each entry becomes the property of the Maryland Historical Society and is placed in the H. Furlong Baldwin Library. Publication rights and/or copyright remain with the author or compiler.

Sumner A. Parker Prize Winners

2004

Arliss Shaffer Monk, Descendants of Jacob Upperco the Elder, 1726-1794, Baltimore County, Maryland

2005

Marianne S. Pindell and Patricia R. Ward, Pindell: A Family Through Time

 

2007

Joseph L. Douglas, Jr., Perry Baily, a.k.a. Downs, and Samuel A Douglas; Relatives of Frederick Douglass; A Family History: 1733-1929

2008

Nancy Lee Waters, Family Diversity, Volume II: The Lauer, Borgmeier, Bauer Families, Deutschland to Baltimore, Maryland, and the MacCubbin’s, 1650-2006

 

Norris Harris Prize
The Norris Harris Prize, a monetary prize of $100, was established by Winifred Mitchell Harris, an avid genealogist and lineage specialist. Mrs. Harris presented the Maryland Historical Society with a monetary bequest in memory of her late husband, Norris Harris (also a genealogist), the proceeds of which provide a prize awarded annually for the best compilation of genealogical source records of Maryland.

Criteria for inclusion

  1. Each entry must be in published format.
  2. Publications of the Press at the Maryland Historical Society are not eligible for inclusion in the contest.
  3. Entries must be documented. References to sources cited should be properly cited.
  4. Each entry must include an every-name index unless the pertinent items contained therein are arranged in alphabetical order.
  5. Entries will be judged on quality of content, scope and organization of material, and clarity of presentation.
  6. The decision of the judges will be final.
  7. Entries for the contest for any given year must be mailed no later than December 31 of that year to the Norris Harris Prize Contest, Maryland Historical Society, 201 West Monument Street, Baltimore, MD, 21201.
  8. Each entry becomes the property of the Maryland Historical Society and is placed in the H. Furlong Baldwin Library. Publication rights and/or copyright remain with the with the author or compiler.

Norris Harris Prize Winners

2004

Friends of the Old Hoopers Island Graveyard, The Old Hoopers Island Graveyard at Honga, Maryland: A Maryland Treasure

2005

Henry C. Peden, Jr., Abstracts of Marriages and Deaths in Harford County, Maryland Newspapers, 1837-1871

 

2007

Gary B. Ruppert, M.D., Index to Baptisms, Burials and Confirmations, Second German Evangelical Lutheran Church, Baltimore City, Maryland, 1835-1867

2008

Robert W. Hall, Early Landowners of Maryland, Volume 4: Charles County, 1640-1710,