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    Wednesday
    Jun112014

    SCGS Scholarship Breakfast Honors Paul Woodbury

    Paul Woodbury

    An early morning crowd of family historians attended the annual SCGS Genealogy Jamboree Scholarship Breakfast Sunday, June 8, 2014 to congratulate Utah student Paul Woodbury, recipient of the 2014 Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant and the Jamboree Scholarship.

    Paul is a senior at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and a native of Colorado. He will graduate in June with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Genetics and Biotechnology and a Minor in Family History. He has conducted on-site research in France and Italy, and plans a return trip to Europe later this summer.

    Thank You to Breakfast Sponsor FindMyPast

    Jen Baldwin welcomed everyone to the breakfast on behalf of FindMyPast, sponsor for the event and student attendees. Jen is the Outreach Manager and works closely with societies and organizations. She announced a new benefit for SCGS society members who will receive a discounted FindMyPast subscription rate. She also reminded attendees of FindMyPast's new access to the PERSI database, a rich research source.

    Paul Woodbury Receives $500 Cash Grant

    It was my pleasure to introducing Paul to the breakfast attendees and present him with the $500 cash award. He plans to use the funds toward research expenses on his forthcoming visit to France. Paul's name will be added to a new perpetual plaque honoring recipients of the Winsor Student Grant to be displayed at the SCGS Research Library.

    Paul shared his personal experience with the audience, mentioning that he first became interested in genealogy when he was eight years old and his grandparents presented each of their thirty five grandchildren with a family history binder for Christmas. The stories of his ancestors captured his imagination beginning a journey to learn more about his family. Paul plans to pursue a career in genetic genealogy and work to help reunite families separated through adoption or loss, and assist researchers solve tough brick-wall problems.

    Gold Rush Stories

    The featured breakfast presentation "Of Elephants, Gold, and Dashed Dreams: Researching the California Gold Rush," by Gena Philibert-Ortega, scholar and blogger, was an inspirational subject for the event. Gena's stories of Forty Niners and Gold Fever history, followed by extensive research tips and suggested repositories was enthusiastically received by the audience.

    Support Student Genealogists

    The Freeman Student Genealogy Grant 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. 

    Since that time, five student genealogists have received the annual $500 cash award and three-day registration to the Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree in Burbank, California: Elyse Doerflinger (Lomita, California), A.C. Ivory (Salt Lake City, Utah), Anthony Ray (Palmdale, California), and Michael Savoca (Toms River, New Jersey), and Paul Woodbury (Provo, Utah). I was delighted that 2012 grantee Elyse Doerflinger was also able to join us for the Scholarship Breakfast.

    The grant program is funded entirely by individual contributions and family and friends of Suzanne Freeman. Please join us!

     

    Support the Future of Genealogy

    Contribute to the 
    Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Fund

     

    Friday
    Mar212014

    Student Genealogy Grant Recipients: Checking in with A.C. Ivory

    This year marks the fourth year of the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Student Genealogy Grant program. Founded in 2010 the Student Genealogy Grant aims to encourage young family historians by providing funding for educational opportunities and enrichment in genealogy. In partnership with the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, the Grant includes a cash prize and full registration to the annual genealogy conference in June.

    Four students, two from California and one each from Utah and New Jersey, have received the award. Contributions to the Genealogy Student Grant program made it possible to award two grants in 2012: to recipients Elyse Doerflinger of Lomita, California and A.C. Ivory of Salt Lake City, Utah. Elyse and A.C. continue to be enthusiastic representatives of student genealogy and active in the genealogy community.

    Ac ivory Cabrete

    A.C. spent time in the Dominican Republic last spring, stopping at Cabarete
    on the north side of the island of Pico Isabel de Torres.

    A.C. Ivory, 2012 grant winner, spent time studying and traveling both north and south this  year. Between genealogy conferences, college studies, and work, A.C. was able to study abroad in the Dominican Republic and revisit his favorite haunts in Southern Alberta, Canada.

    A.C. is currently unravelling family mysteries at the Family History Library where he often researches between classes at the University of Utah and his work as a professional genealogist with ProGenealogists in Salt Lake City. He is a popular speaker at genealogy conferences and meetings, and enjoys mixing travel and genealogy whenever he possible. Look for him at the 45th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree in Burbank this June.

    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. Any genealogist between the ages of 18 and 25 who has attended school in the last 12 months is eligible to apply. The recipient must attend the 2014 SCGS Jamboree in Burbank, California to receive the award.

    Funding for the cash award is provided by the family grant program; Jamboree registration is provided by the conference. Visit the Student Grant Webpage for more information and application materials, or to contribute to the Student Grant Program

    Wednesday
    Mar192014

    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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    Wednesday
    Mar052014

    Student Genealogy Grant Call for Applications

    The Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant Committee is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2014 award. Student genealogists between the ages of 18 and 25 are eligible to apply for the 2014 Grant to be awarded at the 45th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society in June 2014.

     

    Suzanne Freeman (right) with her sisters Frances Jones (left)
    and Lucile Smith in Green Valley, Arizona. 

    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. Past recipients include Elyse Doerflinger (Lomita, California), A.C. Ivory (Salt Lake City, Utah), Anthony Ray (Palmdale, California), and Michael Savoca (Toms River, New Jersey).

    “The Student Genealogy Grant pays tribute to Suzanne Freeman’s dedication to youth volunteerism and family history by awarding the annual cash grant to a young genealogist attending the SCGS 45th Annual Genealogy 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.”

    Born in Olathe, Kansas, Suzanne Winsor (Brown) Freeman moved to Orange County, California with her family in the early 1930s where she attended school and lived most of her life. She developed a strong interest in family history sparked by the stories of her mother’s early life in Colorado and Kansas. After retirement Suzanne moved to Green Valley, Arizona where she was active in the local genealogy society. She enjoyed returning to Southern California each year in June to attend the SCGS Jamboree. At the time of her death in Tucson, Arizona August 28, 2010, Suzanne was searching for elusive Winsor cousins and adding more stories to her family history.

    The $500 cash award pays tribute to these interests by awarding the annual cash grant to a young genealogist attending the Jamboree. In addition, a complimentary three-day conference registration to the 45th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree will be provided by the SCGS Jamboree conference.

    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 2014 SCGS Jamboree in Burbank, California to receive the award.

    Funding for the cash award is provided by the family grant program; Jamboree registration is provided by the conference. Individual contributions to the grant program are welcome at the Student Grant Webpage.

    Application deadline is 31 March 2014 midnight PST.

    Application details and forms are available at the Student Grant Webpage http://www.thefamilycurator.com/swf-grant.

    Suzanne Winsor Freeman Obituary is available here.

    Friday
    Oct262012

    A.C. Ivory, the Skydiving Student Genealogist for Follow Friday

    Many genealogists keep a bucket list, but the top item on genealogist A.C. Ivory's list has to be unique. "For years, I've wanted to go skydiving," he says, "so ... I finally did it!" 

     
    Ac ivory skydive
    A.C. Ivory; photo copyright A.C. Ivory, used with permission
     

    A.C. brings the same persistence to genealogical research that he shows in planning and fulfilling his goal to try skydiving. Personal research, college studies, travel, and work with ProGenealogists in Salt Lake City are all part of A.C.'s life as a student genealogist since receiving the 2012 Suzanne Winsor Freeman Student Genealogy Grant

     
    A.C. recently sent an update on his activities --

    It was such a great honor and surprise to receive the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Student Genealogy Grant this past June at the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree. I am fortunate enough to have met Denise's mother, Suzanne, at the Jamboree in 2010 and hear of her love and passion for genealogy. Denise has set up a wonderful grant for students like me and Elyse to expand our education and love for genealogy.
     
    Over the last few months after receiving the grant I continued to work at ProGenealogists, Ancestry.com's official research firm and expand my knowledge and skills in genealogy. The genealogy grant has given me the opportunity to purchase new genealogy research books, a paid subscription to Dropbox where I can store all of my genealogy files and access them anywhere, and to pay for another year's subscription to Weeby Pro. Weebly is the service I use to create my family's genealogy websites.
     
    I have built a few family websites where I can create custom pages to share my family history with the world. Although they are not anywhere complete, go ahead and check them out for yourselves.

     

    What does to future hold for me? Ever since returning home from an LDS Mission in Canada I have wanted to pursue a career in the genealogy field. I have worked very hard the past four years learning everything I can about  genealogy research and new technology for genealogy, and attending genealogy conferences to learn and network with other genealogists. I am currently attending the University of Utah for a degree in Mass Communications with and emphasis in New Media. Although this degree does not exactly fit with genealogy, I am confident that it will help me pursue my goals to work in whatever way I can in the genealogy field. 
     
    I am currently a professional genealogist at ProGenealogists and am continually learning more about genealogy research. Whether I continue to work as a researcher or spread to other areas in genealogy, I look forward to expanding my network with the genealogy community and helping others learn how to research their own families.

     

     

    The Suzanne Winsor Freeman Student Genealogy Grant has been awarded to three student genealogists since being founded in 2010. The goal of the program is to assist young genealogists in the pursuit of genealogy education and experience. The 2012 grant was presented to A.C. Ivory and Elyse Doerflinger at the SCGS Jamboree in Burbank, California; the 2011 recipient was Anthony Ray of Lancaster, California.

    Keep up with A.C. :

    AC Ivory Blog www.acivory.com

    AC on FaceBook – ac.ivory

    AC on Twitter -- @acivory

    Monday
    Oct152012

    Genealogy Grant Winner "Gets Archiving"

     

    Elyse Doerflinger

    If you follow Elyse Doerflinger of Elyse's Genealogy Blog at her blog, on Facebook, or Twitter, you know that this winner of the 2012 Suzanne Winsor Freeman Student Genealogy Grant is a very busy young woman. Not only is she a full-time teacher, Elyse is also finishing her credential program at a local university, researching her family tree, speaking at genealogy societies, and planning a June wedding. So, what does she do in her free time?

    Elyse recently sent us an update on her activities --

    Elyse, in action, at a recent genealogy event

    When I was awarded the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Student Genalogy Grant at Southern California Genealogy Society’s Jamboree conference, I was so excited and completely surprised. After taking countless pictures, drying my happy tears, and letting the reality of having $500 to spend on my genealogy truly sink in, my brain was going crazy with all the opportunities of what to do with the money.

    To be honest, it took me awhile to figure out what I really wanted to do with the money.  I explored buying books or webinars, or joining a genealogy society.   I thought about renting all the microfilm that has been on my “to rent” list.  I spent hours in Best Buy considering new tech tools that I could buy.  In the end, I couldn’t decide on one thing to spend the money on.  So I decided to do a little bit of everything.

    My first bout of inspiration hit when I was sitting in front my of my closet that holds all of my family photos, artifacts,and important documents.  Frankly, the closet was an unorganized mess in old boxes.  Nothing was properly labeled or cared for, and it was really hard to get to boxes on the bottom.  Inspiration hit: organize the closet and all of the stuff within it.

    I found the best boxes to use while walking around Ikea.  I brought home two different size boxes. Then I went online and bought some archival quality photo sleeves from Light Impressions. I’ve been organizing the photos in small batches as my busy schedule allows, and truly taking the time to enjoy the experience.  I often notice something new on the old ancestral photos and if it hasn’t been scanned yet, then I pull out my Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner.

    On top of my big photo organization task, I’ve been slowly tackling my giant “microfilm to rent” list. I’ve spent a lot of time at the family history center, scrolling through microfilm for my ancestors. I’ve even been trying to tackle some of my ancestors from across the pond - particularly with my very intimidating German ancestors.

    What does the future hold for me?  Although I’m not planning on pursuing genealogy as a full-time profession (I’m studying to be an elementary school teacher), genealogy will always play a huge role in my life.  Speaking and writing about genealogy and technology is a huge passion of mine and something I will definitely continue to do.  I’m not sure where my genealogy addiction will take me, but I know it will be one amazing journey. 

    The Suzanne Winsor Freeman Student Genealogy Grant has been awarded to three student genealogists since being founded in 2010. The goal of the program is to assist young genealogists in the pursuit of genealogy education and experience. The 2012 grant was presented to A.C. Ivory and Elyse Doerflinger at the SCGS Jamboree in Burbank, California; the 2011 recipient was Anthony Ray of Lancaster, California.

    P.S - I'm more than a little happy to see that Elyse used some of the grant funds to purchase archival storage containers for her family history treasures! And I'm glad she is finding helpful preservation tips in my new book, How to Archive Family Keepsakes.

     

    Friday
    Apr272012

    Exciting News for Student Genealogists

    The Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree has a reputation for setting trends in the genealogy conference world -- Bloggers' Summit, Jamboree App, Social Media Policy, to name a few ground-breaking projects. With the just-announced Jamboree scholarship program for young genealogists, SCGS has done it again.

    SCGS has announced a new Jamboree scholarship program for aspiring genealogists and family historians between the ages of 18 and 29 as of June 8, 2012. The scholarship will offer reduced Jamboree registration of $15 per day or $25 for all three days for young people registering online with government issued ID by May 28, 2012. A limited number of scholarship slots are available.

    In 2010, SCGS generously provided full conference registration to the recipient of the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant, sponsored by The Family Curator. This award is one of a very few scholarships available aimed to assist young genealogists pursue education in family history.

    I am so excited that my local society, SCGS, has taken on this much-needed project. Unlike many professional and academic fields, most genealogy conferences do not offer a reduced registration rate for students or young persons working in the field. This can, and does, deter young people from attending professional conferences. I hope other genealogy seminars, workshops, and conferences will join SCGS in offering reduced registration to young people. If you agree, add a note in the comments and forward an email to your local society.

    Contact SCGS for registration and more information.