Awards > The ASG Scholar Award

Established in 1996, the ASG Scholar Award is an annual scholarship providing a stipend of $500 toward tuition and expenses at one of three major academic genealogical programs in the United States. Candidacy for the award is open to all genealogists, genealogical librarians, and researchers working in related fields. Applicants submit a published work or a manuscript of work in progress, to be judged by a panel of three Fellows. The goal of the award is to recognize talent and build genealogical expertise by providing promising genealogists the opportunity to receive advanced academic training in genealogy.

The ASG Scholar Award provides financial assistance for a developing scholar to attend one of five academic programs in American genealogy: the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) at Samford University (Birmingham, Ala.); the National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR) in Washington, D.C.; the Certificate Program in Genealogical Research at Boston University; the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG); or the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). The recipient may register for the program of his or her choice.

  • The Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, held for one week each June and based at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, was founded in 1964 to provide a structured program of genealogical study at an academic level. It offers tracks of study, ranging from beginning to advanced research methodology, professional genealogy, and other specialized topics. The scholarship will apply to any of the advanced courses taught at the Birmingham campus. Write to: IGHR Director, Samford University Library, 800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, AL 35229.
  • The National Institute on Genealogical Research, held for one week each July and based at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., is the nation’s oldest institute for genealogical education, founded in 1950. NIGR provides a unique program of advanced instruction in the use of National Archives records. Write to: NIGR Director, P.O. Box 118, Greenbelt MD 20768-0118.
  • The Genealogical Research Certificate Program at Boston University consists of five modules, offered on Saturdays in seven-hour sessions: Foundations, Technology, Evidence, Forensic, and Ethnic and Geographic Specialties. Write to: Center for Professional Education, 1010 Commonwealth Ave., 2nd Floor, Boston MA 02215.
  • The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) is an annual five-day educational program  held in January.  Information and registration is online at the website of the sponsoring body, the Utah Genealogical Association.
  • The Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) consists of week-long educational workshops held both in Pittsburgh and “on the road” in other locations varying annually. Further information and online registration is available at


Applications are made in September and announced in October of each year, for attendance in the following calendar year. Applicants for the 2015 award should apply before September 30, 2014, by submitting three copies of the items below:

  • a résumé that emphasizes activities relating to genealogy and lists the applicant’s publications in the field, if any (prior publications are not necessary).
  • a manuscript or published work of at least 5,000 words, demonstrating an ability to conduct quality genealogical research, analyze results, and report findings in an appropriately documented fashion. If the submission is to be returned, it should be accompanied by an envelope or bagging with sufficient postage.
  • a statement (100—150 words) which (1) identifies the individual’s choice of program and (2) explains why the individual feels that attendance will enhance his or her growth as a genealogical scholar.

The ASG Scholarship Committee, chaired by the ASG vice-president, will make the selection for the award. Announcement of the award winner for 2014 will be made by October 15, 2013. Applications should be addressed to:

Henry Z Jones, Jr., FASG
Chair, ASG Scholarship Committee
P.O. Box 261388
San Diego, CA 92196-1388

ASG Scholars

Past recipients of the ASG Scholar Award are listed below, along with the title of the published work or manuscript submitted at the time.

Patricia Law Hatcher, CG, Dallas, Texas: “A Multiplicity of Marys: Corrections and Additions to Genealogies of the Abbott, Hale, Hovey, Jackson, and Jewett Families of Essex, Massachusetts.”

Peter E. Carr, San Luis Obispo, California: “Guide to Cuban Genealogical Research: Records and Sources.”

June Reidrich Zublic, CG, Turnersville, New Jersey: “After the Treaty of Paris of 1783: One Quaker Family in Saratoga, Albany County, New York. Israel and Amity (Harris) Phillips.”

Carol Gohari, Glendale, New York: “Jacob Eaton of Brookhaven, Long Island, New York, and His Children.”

Douglas S. Shipley, Fredericksburg, Virginia: “Frank and Fanny Austin: Oral and Documentary Research of a Formerly Enslaved Family.”

Nancy S. Peterson, Gig Harbor, Washington: “The Missing Randalls: Descendants of John(1) Randall of Westerly Through His Son Peter.”

Birdie Monk Holsclaw, CG, Longmont, Colorado: “Life and Death on the Frontier: The Robert and Loana McFarland Family of Boulder Valley, Colorado.”

Dawn C. Stricklin, Springfield, Missouri: “The Many Mothers of John Little Crow.”

Ruth Randall, Albuquerque, New Mexico: “A Family for Suzanne.”

Jay H. Fonkert, CG, Saint Paul, Minnesota: “Three Studies of Six Morstad Siblings.”

Janey E. Joyce, CG, San Antonio, Texas: “Identifying the Parents of Lucy P. Barber (1778-1861), Wife of William Barber of Enosburg, Vermont.”

Aaron Goodwin, New York, New York: “The Prussian Origins of William Aufermann of Manhattan and New Jersey.”

Paul K. Graham, Salt Lake City, Utah: “McCombs of Milledgeville, Georgia.”

Chip Rowe, Garrison, N.Y.: “Who Was Joel Holcomb of Wallingford, Connecticut?”