When Victor Harbor couple Elaine and Frank Hall were 'summoned' to attend the SA Genealogy annual general meeting, they had no idea about the announcement awaiting them.
Over the last 37 years, the couple has diligently indexed records for the South Australian Genealogy and Heraldry Society.
As members, they have made records available in hard copy and on the society's computer databases.
They have written seven family histories, and assisted in the indexing of at least 20 record sets, mainly from the SA Government Gazettes from 1845 to 2000.
They have worked on the Burra District records, including: Church of England baptisms, marriages, and burials; Burra Cemetery registration of burials from 1845 to 1997; Burra School Enrolments of Girls from 1878 to 1915 and Boys from 1878 to 1919; and "Can You Help?" enquiries from the Society journal.
They regularly drive to Adelaide so they can return completed work and collect more projects.
In recognition of their efforts, they were both presented with the Premier's Certificate in recognition of outstanding volunteer service at the society's recent AGM.
Along with their work with SA Genealogy, Frank and Elaine have also been volunteers for the FreeBMD website in England which is an index of all births, deaths, and marriages from 1837 until 1992.
Commencing in 2002, they have input almost 200,000 entries into the FreeBMD index.
They are also active members of the Probus Club of Victor Harbor/Granite Island, where they give their time conducting competitions at the monthly meetings and at other events.