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    More News from Past Student Genealogy Grant Recipients

    Last week, I was excited to share the latest news from three recipients of the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Student Genealogy Grant. Here’s what’s new from two more young genealogist grant awardees:

    Mike Savoca

    Mike Savoca is an expert in onsite Italian research and recipient of the 2013 Student Grant award. He is a recent graduate of Kean University where he majored in History, and is considering working toward an advanced degree in archival studies. Mike recently worked on an archeological dig in a town located in upstate New York where his grandmother’s family once lived (pictured above) and writes, “It was amazing to be able to be a small part in unearthing physical history first hand!"

    Elyse Doerflinger is a graduate of California State University, Dominguez Hills with a degree in Elementary Education and is currently a first grade teacher at a charter school in Inglewood, in Los Angeles. She is a popular blogger and speaker at genealogy events in the Southern California area and writes frequently for genealogy magazines and publications. Elyse received the Student Genealogy Grant in 2012 and used the funds toward genealogy research and archival supplies for her family photo and document collection.

    Read more about the Freeman Student Genealogy Grant here, and encourage young genealogists to apply for the 2015 Grant Award today. Application deadline is April 10, 2015.


    Where Are They Now? Past Genealogy Grant Recipients Check In

    Five young genealogists have received the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Student Genealogy Grant and SCGS Genealogy Jamboree Scholarship since the award’s launch in 2011. It’s not surprising that each grantee was bitten by the genealogy bug at an early age and the family history fever is still burning brightly in each young researcher. Here’s the latest news from Anthony, A.C., and Paul:

    photo of Anthony Ray

    Anthony Ray was the first Student Genealogy Grant recipient in 2011; at that time he was a music major at West Coast Baptist College (graduated 2013) and active in the Antelope Valley Genealogical Society. Today, Anthony continues advanced musical studies while teaching voice and instrumental music, and is a popular genealogy presenter specializing in church records and Mexican research.


    A.C. Ivory, 2012 grant recipient, attended Jamboree from his home in Salt Lake City, Utah where he attended the University of Utah (graduating 2015). A.C. has worked as a professional genealogist for ProGenealogists in Salt Lake City, and is now the Training Manager directing continuing education/development for current employees and training new members of the ProGen team. A.C. was a recent presenter at RootsTech 2015.

    Photo of Paul Woodbury

    Paul Woodbury, 2014 grant awardee, attended Brigham Young University and graduated with degrees in Genetics and Family History. He is currently working as a private contract researcher for Legacy Tree Genealogists, DNA Detectives, and private clients. Paul is a frequent presenter and instructional assistant at DNA and Genealogy Institutes.

    2015 Applications Now Open

    Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Student Genealogy Grant. See the Student Grant Page for more information. Don't delay, the deadline to recieve all materials is April 10, 2015.


    Student Genealogists Invited to Apply for Genealogy Grant

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    Paul Woodbury, recipient of the 2014 Freeman Student Genealogy Grant with Denise Levenick, Grant Committee Chair at the 45th Annual SCGS Jamboree Scholarship Breakfast. (Photo by Pieter Breitner)

    The Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant Committee is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Student Genealogy Grant. Student genealogists between the ages of 18 and 23 are eligible to apply for the $500 cash award.

    The 2015 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society will provide a full conference registration to the SCGS Jamboree in June where the award will be presented. This is a unique opportunity for a young genealogist to attend a premiere regional conference and meet genealogists from throughout the nation.

    The Student Grant was established in 2010 by family and friends 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), Michael Savoca (Toms River, New Jersey), and Paul Woodbury (Provo, Utah).

    “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 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 Interest Group and 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. Suzanne passed away after a brief illness in Tucson, Arizona August 28, 2010.

    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 Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree will be provided by the Jamboree conference.

    Any genealogist who is between the ages of 18 and 23 and is a current student (full-time or part-time) is eligible to apply. The recipient must attend the 2015 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 April 10, 2015 midnight Pacific Daylight Time.Application details and forms are available at the Student Grant Webpage

    Suzanne Winsor Freeman’s Obituary is available here.


    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



    Well Done APG: New Youth Membership Level

    Student Grant Award

    The Association of Professional Genealogists is to be commended for adding a new Youth Member level to encourage participation by young genealogists. Well done! The change was announced this spring by Kimberly Powell, APG President and is only one part of the overall restructuring of dues designed to create consistency for North American and International memberships.

    The new Youth Member category expressly promotes the involvement of young genealogists, many who are students or recent college graduates and might find it a hardship to join a professional organization at the full rate.

    When we considered founding the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Student Genealogy Grant in 2010, very few genealogy conferences, societies, or organizations offered a student or youth rate for membership or participation, although "the future of genealogy" was a popular and much-discussed topic.

    The Southern California Genealogy Society Genealogy Jamboree has offered a student scholarship for several years and has partnered with the Freeman Student Grant cash award since 2011. 

    In 2013, the National Genealogical Society offered for the first time a youth conference registration rate for the 2013 Las Vegas Convention, setting a new standard for the national conference.

    The Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference makes a discounted student rate available to current students of all ages attending elementary to graduate school.

    I am especially excited by APG's commitment to young professional genealogists and hope that more organizations will take a cue from APG's membership rates to add a Youth Member policy.

    APG continues to offer a wealth of services to its members including professional development programs, a monthly e-newsleter, website, APG Quarterly Journal, and online webinars. Membership most worthwhile for any professional genealogist of any age.

    Kudos APG!

    Do you know of other genealogy organizations or conferences offering a Youth or Student rate? Please give them a shout-out in the comments!

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