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David Rencher Receives Rare, Prestigious Genealogy Award


David Rencher, chief genealogical officer (CGO) of FamilySearch and director of the Family History Library, received the prestigious Certificate of Appreciation from the American Society of Genealogists at its annual meeting on November 2, 2019, in Salt Lake City. Rencher received the certificate “in recognition of his vigorous and visionary efforts to serve the aims of scholarly genealogy at the Family History Library and at FamilySearch.”

The society rarely gives the award, bestowing the accolade only on those who make outstanding contributions to the field of genealogy. Rencher is the 18th recipient of this award since the society was incorporated 73 years ago.

Rencher, a diehard advocate for the family researcher, has made a career of promoting the industry.

For Rencher, the objective of family history is to promote family connections. While building the library collections and increasing access, he continues to champion the craft by aiding genealogical societies to make their records more accessible and create meaningful family experiences.