Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Janet Damm Named Outstanding Volunteer

Since 2003, the Washington State Genealogical Society has recognized more than 400 outstanding volunteers, nominated by their local society or genealogical organization for their service and dedication. These volunteers are the backbone of their local society, giving their time and expertise, to the organization and the field of genealogy. In the coming months, you will be introduced to each of the 2014 award recipients and learn why they received the 2014 WSGS Outstanding Volunteer Award.

Today we're introducing Janet Margolis Damm who was nominated by the Whitman County Genealogical Society (WCGS).  She was recognized for her exceptional leadership to support the goals and operation of the WCGS.

Ms. Damm has been a member of the WCGS since its beginning in 1984.  She first served as historian and publicity chair, then elected librarian in 2005.  Former librarians had begun the process of cataloging the society’s 300+ acquisitions of books, with boxes yet to be processed.  Over the next eight years, Ms. Damm caught up with the backlog, while cataloging new books as acquired by the society. Upon completion of the inventory, WCGS members were each given a copy of the holdings book of nearly 1,000 titles.

Ms. Damm has self-published three surname books and a query book.  She also compiled “Germans from Russia, Index of Naturalization Records in Whitman County, Washington 1860-1942.”

Ms. Damm has always been willing to help and support any project, activity or program the WCGS has undertaken and richly deserved the 2014 Outstanding Volunteer Award.

For more information on the WSGS Outstanding Volunteer Award program, visit the Recognition page of the WSGS website or contact Roxanne Lowe, Recognition Chair, at


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