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About Donald Lines Jacobus
Donald Lines Jacobus (1887-1970). Genealogist, author of Families of Early Hartford, Connecticut, and founder of The American Genealogist. In recognition of his tremendous contributions and elevation of genealogy to the status of a social science, Jacobus was the first person inducted into the National Genealogy Hall of Fame.
Parents: John Ira Jacobus and Ida Wilmot Lines
Donald Lines Jacobus (1887-1970) of New Haven, Connecticut, was widely regarded among genealogists as the dean of American genealogy during his lifetime. He established the New Haven Genealogical Magazine in 1922, which became The American Genealogist ten years later. He served as the periodical's editor until 1960.
Jacobus was a prolific writer. Besides his numerous magazine articles, he is perhaps best known for two publications: ▪ Genealogy as Pastime and Profession, published in 1930. ▪ History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, a three-volume work sponsored by the local Daughters of the American Revolution chapter in Fairfield, Connecticut, from 1930 to 1932.
The Donald Lines Jacobus Award was established in 1972 by the American Society of Genealogists to encourage sound scholarship in genealogical writing.
The American Genealogist (TAG) was founded in July 1922 by Jacobus, Donald Lines as the New Haven Genealogical Magazine. The American Genealogist and New Haven Genealogical Magazine and was dedicated to the elevation of genealogical scholarship, through carefully documented analyses of genealogical problems and through short compiled genealogies. In 1937 the subtitle was dropped, and the journal became simply The American Genealogist, usually abbreviated as TAG.
After forty-three years as Editor and Publisher, Donald Lines Jacobus was succeeded in January 1966 by Dr. George E. McCracken (1904-1986) of Des Moines, Iowa, who continued the high standards set by TAG's founder.