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 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 at
  • Eric Hedrick, Historical Documents from Augusta County, Virginia: Volume 6—Judgments,, 2013.
  • 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.
  • James Winter Petty, CGRS, AG, for his work extracting headrights from Virginia county records, 2005.