Donald Mosher Memorial Award for Colonial Virginia Research

This competitive $500 award, established in 2001 by Merrill Hill Mosher, CG, of Oregon, honoring her late husband, is administered by the BCG Education Fund. The Donald Mosher Award funds scholarly research on colonial Virginia topics in the following categories: family genealogy, immigrant place or family origin, and publication of obscure or difficult Virginia resources.

The annual deadline is 31 December. Award criteria is available here. It is not too soon for interested genealogists to consider preparing a submission.

Roster of Mosher Award Recipients

Selena Mayes DuLac, Henrico County, Virginia, Land Patent Abstracts with Some Plat Maps, vol. I, 2002; and vol. III, 2009.

Victor S. Dunn, CG, “Virginia Business Records and Manuscript Index” hosted by the Virginia Genealogical Society.

Eric Hedrick, Historical Documents from Augusta County, Virginia: Volume 6—Judgments,
(, 2013); and Victims of the Massacre at Seybert's Fort, Augusta County, Virginia, 1758 (, 2019).

James Lively of England for his study identifying the 16th and 17th century English origins of the Underwood family of Virginia, 2006.

Nathan W. Murphy, MA, AG, “The Devon Seafaring Origins of William Byrd’s Mother’s Family: Grace (Stegge) Byrd of London, England, Thomas Stegge of Westover Parish, Charles City County, Virginia, and Captain Abraham Reed of Charles City County, Virginia; Including Additional Details about His Father John Byrd’s Career as a London Goldsmith,” The American Genealogist, Vol. 84, No. 4 (October 2010): 241-256; 2010; "The English Origin of Rev. Daniel Sturges, of Virginia and Georgia: His Relationship to Lady Hesilrige, and Further Clues to the Identity of Samuel Richardson's Pamela," to be published in an upcoming edition of The Genealogist, 2020; and "The English Origin of Lieutenant Colonel Daniel1 Clark of Charles City County, Virginia," The American Genealogist Vol. 91, No. 4 (dated July/October 2020, published December 2021):241–9; 2019.

James Winter Petty, CGRS, AG, for his work extracting headrights from Virginia county records, 2005.


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