Sunday, January 16, 2022

Silver Tray Award: Karen Mauer Jones


Silver Tray Award: Karen Mauer Jones

The Silver Tray Award is given for scholarly contributions to the field of genealogy and family history. Since 1988, it has traditionally been given for publication efforts. The award is presented at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy banquet held in January of each year. This year’s Silver Tray Award recipient has published articles and books, edited one of genealogy’s premier peer-reviewed journals, and has worked actively to develop quality genealogical writing skills in others. The Silver Tray Award is given this year to Karen Mauer Jones.

Some of you have already experienced Karen in her “Writing and Documenting for Peer Review” course. More of you will have your chance to learn from her starting next month in SLIG Academy. Multiple sessions of this course consistently fill quickly.

Karen Mauer Jones resides in Ithaca, New York, an editor, author, lecturer, and professional genealogist specializing in upstate New York. She served for seven years as editor of The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record and was named a fellow of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society in 2012. Besides the writing course already mentioned, she also coordinates the course, “Researching New York: Resources and Strategies,” and teaches in the IGHR course, “Writing and Publishing for Genealogists.” The owner of Frontier Press, a genealogical and historical bookstore, she is the author of articles in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, and of multiple volumes of Kentucky, Ohio, and Maryland early newspaper abstracts.

Karen has served on the boards of the Association of Professional Genealogists and of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. In 2019, she was named a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association.

Few persons have impacted and enhanced genealogical writing and publication in so many ways, as has Karen Mauer Jones.