Eagle County library honors woman for genealogy work
Vail, CO Colorado
EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado –JoAnn Potter Riggle, who has done extensive work on genealogy in Eagle County, has won the 2010 Nimon-Walker Award from the Eagle Valley Library District and the Eagle County Historical society.
Riggle has researched many local family trees and created a Web presence for this information. Her photo documentation of Eagle County cemetery headstones continues and is currently being added to the library district’s collection of historical photos.
“Every cemetery marker that I could get to, I photographed,” said Riggle.
She also has taught classes for beginning genealogists. She moved to Eagle County in 1981, with degrees in theater and forestry and a keen interest in genealogy and history. In the mid 1990s, she discovered that there was no collection of cemetery records or obituaries in the library.
“I started with the oldest extant copy of the Eagle Valley Enterprise and copied any obituary I came across,” she said.
What started as a collection in a manila folder soon grew to fill several binders. Riggle was also able to acquire the various lists of people buried in the cemeteries in Eagle County, so she entered the names on the USGenWeb site and continued collecting marriage records, naturalization records, land entry files and school records. The collection of these databases is now housed on the Eagle Valley Library District web site: http://www.evld.org.
Riggle will receive her award at the Eagle library during a ceremony from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. May 16. The keynote speaker for the award presentation is Colorado State Historian William J. Convery. The ceremony is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Eagle Public Library at 970-328-8800.