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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

     

    Thursday
    May152014

    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!

    Monday
    May122014

    Utah Student to Receive Genealogy Grant 

    Woodbury paul 2014

    The Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant Committee is pleased to announce that Paul Woodbury, a Brigham Young University senior from Provo, Utah will receive $500 from the Freeman Memorial Grant program and 3-day registration to the 2014 Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree in Burbank, California from SCGS.

    Paul will attend the SCGS Jamboree June 6-8, 2014 and use the grant funds toward genealogy research and education. This is the fourth year that the Freeman Student Genealogy Grant Program and SCGS have partnered to offer a student genealogy award.

    Paul works at the campus Center for Family History and Genealogy and recently participated in a community seminar in Washington D.C. In 2013 he joined a student study abroad program and visited the Vatican Secret Archives in Rome -- that's quite a genealogy research trip!

    The new SCGS Jamboree DNA Day is a special attraction for Paul who is majoring in Genetics and Biotechnology and plans to pursue a career in genetic genealogy. He is excited about the great potential of genetics to help reunite families separated by adoption or abandonment and locate lost ancestors for family historians.

    The Student Genealogy Grant was founded in 2011 following the unexpected death of my mother, Suzanne Winsor Freeman. She was an enthusiastic fan of the SCGS Jamboree and an ardent GeneaBlogger follower who worked with student volunteers for many years in her capacity as Director of Voluntary Action Centers in Orange County, California and in Arizona. Mom was hopeful that DNA would solve a long-standing brick wall problem in our family tree, and we may get through it yet!

    Past recipients of the Student Genealogy Grant include Anthony Ray of Palmdale, Elyse Doerflinger of Lomita, A.C. Ivory of Salt Lake City, and Mike Savoca of New Jersey. 

    Please join me in congratulating Paul as the 2014 recipient of the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Student Genealogy Grant, and be sure to welcome him when you see him at Jamboree.

    Sunday
    Mar232014

    Student Genealogy Grant Recipients: Checking in with Elyse Doerflinger

    Elyse grad

    Since receiving the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Student Genealogy Grant in 2012, Elyse Doerflinger has graduated from college with a bachelors degree in education and expanded her classroom teaching skills to include genealogists and grade schoolers. 

    She is busier than ever, completing her student teaching requirement, presenting at genealogy conferences, blogging, and publishing content to her YouTube Channel.

    This year marks the Fourth Suzanne Winsor Freeman Student Genealogy Grant. 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 $500 cash prize and full registration to the annual genealogy conference in June. 

    Elyse has a keen interest in organizing genealogy paperwork and keepsakes (sounds familiar!). She writes about her own family treasures at Elyse's Genealogy Blog and describes how she used some of her grant funds to help purchase archival supplies to store her growing home archive: Treasure Chest Thursday: Grandma & Grandpa Doerflinger's 50th Wedding Anniversary Album.

    Elyse gates stuart warren

    Elyse with Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Paula Stuart-Warren at the
    2013 SCGS Genealogy Jamboree. (Photo: Cyndi Ingalls)

    Her speaker biography for the 45th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree where she will be a featured lecturer, notes

    Elyse Doerflinger is a professional genealogist specializing in using tech tools to make research more efficient and organized. She is the author of Elyse's Genealogy Blog and has created a YouTube Channel with a variety of genealogy videos. She loves to research her Appalacian ancestors, Colonial New England ancestors, and her never-stay-in-one-place-for-long ancestors that moved all over the country. She also has ancestry from England, Wales, France, and Germany.

    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.

    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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    Sunday
    Jan052014

    Happy Birthday, Mom!

    Suzanne brown

    Happy Birthday to my beautiful mom, Suzanne Winsor Freeman.

    Stay tuned to this space for information about the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant. Since 2011, in honor of Suzanne Freeman's interest in family history, each year a young genealogist is selected to receive funds to further his or her genealogy education.

    Previous student recipients have included Anthony Ray of Palmdale, California; A.C. Ivory of Salt Lake City, Utah; Elyse Doerflinger of Lomita, California, and Mike Savoca of Union, New Jersey.

    Friday
    Jun142013

    YOU Helped! Michael Savoca Receives 2013 Suzanne Freeman Student Genealogy Grant at SCGS 2013 Jamboree

    Michael Savoca, a college student from Toms River, New Jersey was awarded the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant Award at the Scholarship Breakfast on 9 June 2013 at the annual Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree in Burbank, California.

    Funding for this year's grant was partially assisted by the proceeds from sales of Denise Levenick's new book How to Archive Family Keepsakes during the Blog Book Tour in January 2013. Thank you!

    Savoca Levenick

    Denise May Levenick with Michael Savoca,
    recipient of the 2013 Suzanne Winsor Freeman Student Genealogy Grant

    The Freeman Student Grant was established by family and friends in 2010 in memory of Suzanne Winsor Freeman, family historian and life-long volunteer, and an enthusiastic annual attendee at the SCGS Jamboree. Each year, Jamboree has included a complimentary full-registration package for the recipient.

    Denise Levenick, Grant Chair, and Paula Hinkel, Jamboree Co-Chair introduced Michael to the breakfast attendees where he received a warm and enthusiastic welcome to the conference. Mike's father, Vinny Savoca, traveled with him to the conference and they were able to reconnect with California cousins while in Burbank.

    Mike has been researching his family history for over a decade, and participating in online genealogy forums and message boards for nearly as many years. His expertise in Italian and Croatian research have made him a popular volunteer online and at his local Family History Center. He has been able to travel with family to their ancestral village in Croatia and complete research in original records provided by the parish. He has also worked extensively with Italian records and assisted with the records of the Gente di Mare genealogy website. 

    "Mike is a wonderful representative for genealogists of his generation," noted Denise Levenick. "He brings enthusiasm, expertise, and a willingness to 'give back' to the genealogy community. It's obvious that Mike has a great future in genealogy, and we are delighted to encourage his research and genealogical education with this award."

    In addition to researching his Italian, Croatian, Irish, German, and Hungarian roots, Michael is interested in learning more about using DNA for genealogical research and about professional archival management. He is a history major at Kean University and would like to become a Certified Genealogist.

    You can contribute to the 2014 Grant Fund by donating HERE

     

    Monday
    Apr222013

    Meet the 2013 Student Genealogy Grant Recipient Michael Savoca

    Michael Savoca Head Shot web

    I am pleased to introduce student genealogist Michael Savoca, a junior at Kean University in Union, New Jersey, as the 2013 Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Grant recipient. Michael will receive a $500 cash award and full conference registration to the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree in Burbank, California June 7-9.

    Michael has been researching his family history for over a decade, and participating in online genealogy forums and message boards for nearly as many years. His expertise in Italian and Croatian research have made him a popular volunteer online and at his local Family History Center. He has been able to travel with family to their ancestral village in Croatia and complete research in original records provided by the parish. He has also worked extensively with Italian records and assisted with the records of the Gente di Mare genealogy website. 

    In addition to researching his Italian, Croatian, Irish, German, and Hungarian roots, Michael is interested in learning more about using DNA for genealogical research and about professional archival management. He is a history major at Kean University and would like to become a Certified Genealogist.

    Michael will attend the SCGS Jamboree in Burbank June 7-9 where he will receive the award Sunday, June 9 at the SCGS Scholarship Breakfast.

    “We are so pleased to be able to partner with the Freeman Student Genealogy Grant Program to support this outstanding future genealogist,” said Paula Hinkel, Jamboree co-chair and SCGS vice president. This is the third year that SCGS has provided a conference scholarship to the recipient of the grant award.

    Past recipients of the memorial grant include Elyse Doerflinger, A.C. Ivory, and Anthony Ray. 

    Funding for the 2013 Memorial Student Grant was provided by proceeds from the sale of my new book How to Archive Family Keepsakes during the Blog Book Tour in January 2013. A big THANK YOU to everyone who purchased a book during the book tour to help fund this project supporting student genealogists. For information about donating to the grant fund, please see the SWF Grant page.

    About the Grant Program: The Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant Program was established in 2011 to help young family historians pursue their genealogy research and educational goals. In recognition of Suzanne Freeman’s enthusiasm for the nationally recognized Jamboree, the award is directed toward a student attending the SCGS Jamboree. Suzanne Winsor Freeman was the mother of genealogy blogger Denise Levenick, www.theFamilyCurator.com.

    About SCGS: The Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree has partnered with the grant program each year to offer complimentary conference registration to the award recipient. The annual Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree is a premiere regional genealogy conference offering national speakers, workshops, and demonstrations.

    Saturday
    Mar162013

    Student Genealogy Grant Deadline

    The application deadline for the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Student Genealogy Grant is quickly approaching. Students have until Monday, 18 March 2013 midnight PDT to submit application materials for the 2013 program.

    The recipient will receive a $500 cash grant for their genealogy education and complimentary full registration to the Southern California Genealogy Society Jamboree in Burbank, California June 7-9, 2013.

    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.

    See the full grant posting here, and encourage young genealogists you know to apply.

    The Freeman Student Genealogy Grant is sponsored by the family grant committee and generously supported by the SCGS Jamboree.