Best PictureI don't share photographs often, but I must say that my pick would be the Blake Family of Dorchester, MA. This photograph is actually in my sidebar as well, and I love it - most of all - because it was the first such family photograph I ever saw. It brought me to genealogy at the age of 12, and I have been pestering people to tell me about their ancestors ever since.
Best Screen PlayPerhaps my Celtic Heritage would make a fabulous movie, if only to add some drama to the unknown aspect of my 4th great-grandfather Edward Marshall Haley's life! We know he came to Massachusetts and was married in 1830 in Plymouth, but I wonder what his life was like in Ireland and why he came to America.
I would definitely cast Gabriel Byrne to play Edward, and probably Jonas Armstrong as his eldest, fun-loving son, Tom (not my ancestor, but one of the 12 children about whom the most has been written). And I think Nicole Kidman would make a lovely Clarissa Barrett, my 4th great-grandmother, the woman Edward married in Massachusetts. Jonathan Rhys Meyers would work for my 3rd great-grandfather, their youngest child, Benjamin Haley. I imagine my grandfather had a rather melancholic aspect to him...
Best DocumentaryA blog, particularly a genealogy blog, is all about conveying information. And the award goes to The Timeline for Emma, a chronological look at my elusive great-great grandmother.
Best BiographyAnybody looking for information on the woman who was known by 5 surnames need not look any further. I have untangled the gordian knot that is Bessie Philena (Harrison) (Covill) (Fletcher) (Haley) Noyes.
Best ComedyAlas, humor does not seem to play into genealogy as often as I would like. I think the most blithe blog post (it is the best I could manage in 2009, apparently) was It Was Nothing At All, which gives you the tiniest bit of insight into my silly side. Or at least my musical preferences. ;)
Now the envelopes have all been opened, the awards have been distributed, and the performers have taken their bows. Thank you and good night!