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    Student Genealogy Grant Announced


    A.C. Ivory and Elyse Doerflinger,
    Recipients of the 2012 Suzanne Freeman Student Genealogy Grant
    SCGS Jamboree Gala, Burbank CA

    Do you know a young genealogist who could use $500 toward their family history education and free registration to the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree in June 2013?

    The Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Grant Committee is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2013 Student Genealogy Grant, and that the SCGS Jamboree will once again provide the recipient with free three-day registration.

    Any genealogist who is between the ages of 18 and 25 and has attended school in the last 12 months is eligible to apply. The recipient must attend the 2013 SCGS Jamboree in Burbank, California to receive the award.

    The $500 cash award was established in 2010 in memory of Suzanne Winsor Freeman, family historian and life-long volunteer, and an enthusiastic annual attendee at the SCGS Jamboree.

    Denise Levenick and her mother, Suzanne Freeman
    2010 SCGS Jamboree, Delivering Geneabloggers Welcome Bags

    “The Freeman Student Genealogy Grant pays tribute to these interests by awarding the annual cash grant to a young genealogist attending the SCGS Jamboree, Southern California’s premiere regional genealogy conference,” notes Denise Levenick, committee chair and Freeman’s daughter.

    “We are especially grateful to Jamboree for providing a three-day conference registration to the grant recipient,” she adds. “SCGS is truly a leader in conference organizations by encouraging youth involvement in genealogy through the popular Kids Camp program and now through the student grant project.”

    Past recipients of the award include Elyse Doerflinger (Lomita, California), A.C. Ivory (Salt Lake City, Utah), and Anthony Ray (Palmdale, California).

    Funding for the cash award is provided by the family grant program; Jamboree registration is provided by the conference.

    Complete details and application materials are available at The Family Curator, Suzanne Freeman Student Grant. Application deadline is Monday, 18 March 2013.

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    For More Information Contact: Denise Levenick,

    Suzanne Winsor Freeman Obituary:


    Elyse Doerflinger and A.C. Ivory Receive Suzanne Winsor Freeman Student Genealogy Grant 

      A.C. Ivory and Elyse Doerflinger 2012 Grant Recipients

    College students Elyse Doerflinger of Los Angeles, California and A.C. Ivory of Salt Lake City, Utah were introduced at the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree Friday, June 8 as the 2012 recipients of the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant.

    This is the second year that the grant has been awarded to young genealogists in a program that aims to assist students seeking to advance their genealogical education. Doerflinger and Ivory each received a $500 cash award to assist them in pursuing their genealogy goals.

    Meet Elyse Doerflinger

    Elyse Doerflinger presenting at SCGS

    Elyse Doerflinger is a senior at Cal State University, Dominguez Hills majoring in Liberal Studies for Elementary Education. She is currently working in the elementary classroom, and would like to teach kindergarten after receiving her teaching credential in 2014.

    Elyse brings her love of children and education to the genealogical community through her involvement as an instructor for the SCGS Kids’ Camp pre-conference event, and through her live and video presentations on topics as diverse as organization, research and involving kids in genealogy.

    Family secrets about long-forgotten siblings sparked Elyse’s interest in her family history and genealogy. She has been blogging at Elyse’s Genealogy Blog since 2008, hosts a YouTube channel featuring her personalized videos, and is active on FaceBook and Twitter.

    Stop by and meet Elyse, a rising star in genealogy today:

    Elyse’s Genealogy Blog

    Elyse’s YouTube Channel

    Elyse on FaceBook  Genealogist Elyse

    Elyse on Twitter  @genealogistelys

     Meet A.C. Ivory

    A.C. Ivory with his mother, Monica, at the SCGS Jamboree Gala

    A.C. Ivory is a junior studying Communications with an emphasis on New Media at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He presently works for ProGenealogists Research in Salt Lake City and aspires to continue working professionally as a Certified and Accredited Genealogist.

    In addition to his work with ProGenealogists, A.C. is a frequent speaker at conferences on the topic of Mac Genealogy and Genealogy Software. He enjoys using technology to streamline his research and shares ideas on his personal blog,

    A.C. first became interested in genealogy in 2006 and was pleased to help others discover their own family history while serving on his mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Alberta, Canada.

    Take time to connect with A.C. and meet a rising star in genealogy today:

    AC Ivory Blog

    Ivory Family Association Blog

    AC on FaceBook – ac.ivory

    AC on Twitter -- @acivory

    About the Grant

    The Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Fund was established in 2010 to assist young genealogists seeking to advance their genealogical education. Suzanne Freeman was a life-long volunteer who worked with many youth organizations; she also developed a strong interest in family history, and was a frequent attendee at the SCGS Jamboree. At the time of her death in Tucson, Arizona August 28, 2010, Suzanne was still searching for elusive Winsor cousins. More information about the grant program is available at or by contacting Denise Levenick, daughter of Suzanne Freeman and Grant Committee Chair at swfgrant (at) gmail (dot) com.

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