Thursday, August 30, 2018

Genealogy World Saddened by Passing of Laura G. Prescott

I received this information from the Association of Professional Genealogists, and am saddened by it:


Prescott Death Brings Loss to APG and Genealogy Field

Wheat Ridge, Colo., 30 August 2018 - The Association of Professional Genealogists is saddened to learn of the death, on 26 August 2018, of Laura G. Prescott. APG extends condolences to Laura’s family and many friends on her passing, especially to her two adult children, Kate Duffy Tarvainen and Nate Duffy, of whom she was so proud, and her granddaughter, Margaret Tarvainen, who brought her such joy.

“Laura’s service to the community of professional genealogists is long and distinguished,”  said Billie Stone Fogarty, APG President.  “We will all miss her warm smile and engaging demeanor.” 
Laura, an alumna of Dartmouth College, served the genealogical community in a number of ways. She was on several conference program committees, worked as an independent genealogical professional, was on the staff of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and, most recently was director of Ancestry Academy for 

Her service to APG was exemplary, as she served as APG’s vice president in 2008 and 2009 and as president in 2010 and 2011. In 2014, she was presented with APG’s Grahame T. Smallwood, Jr. Award of Merit for outstanding service to APG.  Laura’s always cheerful nature and genuine interest in others’ work as genealogical professionals  inspired the Association to establish the Laura G. Prescott Award for Exemplary Service to Professional Genealogy in 2017, and she was its inaugural recipient. This award is presented in recognition of a career of exemplary professionalism and encouragement to others in the field.


I know I have photos of Laura from RootsTech and NGS and Jamboree, but I couldn't find them, except for a real small one.  You can see many tributes to, and photos of, Laura on her Facebook page -

Laura was a friend of mine, and a friend of everyone involved in genealogy that met her.  The smile was dazzling, the mind was marvelous, she loved ice cream, and the woman was beautiful in every way.  She was a genuinely happy, giving and loving person.  Laura fought valiantly over the last several years and was encouraging until the end.  We have lost a giant in our genealogy world much too soon to cancer.  

I was a 9th cousin of Laura's - The We're Related app said our common ancestor was John Freeman (1626-1719):

You can see many tributes to Laura on her Facebook page -

Information about the Salt Lake Institute for Genealogy (SLIG) Laura G. Prescott Scholarship is at

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