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    Student Genealogy Grant Recipients: Checking In With Mike Savoca

    It's been a busy year for recipients of the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Student Genealogy Grant, and it's wonderful to read status reports and photos on Facebook and Twitter and receive email updates from these young genealogists. 

    Since it's founding in 2010, the Freeman Student Genealogy Grant and the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree have partnered to recognize and encourage student genealogists by selecting an annual grant recipient. In 2012, a generous donor made it possible to grant awards to two applicants. 

    Each grant includes a $500 cash award and three-day registration to the SCGS Jamboree held each June in Burbank, California. The grant project aims to help young genealogists meet professional family historians at the annual conference and provide funding for furthering their genealogical education and research.

    Grant applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Student Genealogy Grant to be presented at the 45th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree. Visit the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Grant Webpage for information and application materials.

    Mike savoca croatia

    Mike joined a local procession in August for the
    Feast of St. Rocco in Zablace, Croatia

    Mike Savoca, 2013 grant recipient, spent several weeks in Croatia after a attending the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree.  He reconnected with relatives and continued local research highlighted by his first court house research trip.

    Since returning to college life in New Jersey Mike has pursued his with DNA testing using funds from the Student Genealogy Grant and is now working on identifying a mysterious 4th cousin match. From Mike's Facebook page:

    Well, after a long wait (okay, so they got me my results in 3 weeks! I'm impatient with these things.) my results came in from my Ancestry DNA test! Fascinating stuff. While I know that the ethnicity profile isn't really anything at all concrete, it still made me stop and think...and bother family at 1am when I found out. 40% Eastern European: Croatian and Hungarian roots, 31% Italy/Greece: Sicilian Grandpa and Cibola/Rosini roots covered, 7% Ireland: McCabe and O'Neill blood check, 3% North African: Probably Sicily, and 11% Caucasus: Guessing this might have to do with some Turkish influence into Croatia in around the 1500's. I'm loving this! Plus, I already think I found a Farfaglia match AND I have a mysterious 4th cousin match. A special thanks to Denise Levenick, that last bit of my grant money went for this test, and what a gift it is.



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