Established in 1996, the ASG Scholar Award is an annual scholarship now providing an increased stipend of $1,000 toward tuition and expenses at one of five 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 award granted in October of each year is to defray costs of attending a program in the following calendar year.
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), based through 2016 at Samford University (Birmingham, Ala.), and starting in 2017 to be held in Athens, Georgia, under the auspices of the Georgia Genealogical Society; the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed), formerly 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 of the ASG Scholar Award may register for the program of his or her choice. The award is given in October of each calendar year, with the intention that it is used for genealogical study in the following calendar year.
- The Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed), formerly NIGR, 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. Gen-Fed provides a unique program of advanced instruction in the use of National Archives records. Write to: Gen-Fed Director, P.O. Box 24564, Baltimore, MD 21214.
- The Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), held for one week each June, was founded in 1964 to provide a structured program of genealogical study at an academic level. Based through 2016 at Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, it is moving to Athens Georgia for 2017, to be affiliated with the Georgia Genealogical Society. IGHR offers tracks of study, ranging from beginning to advanced research methodology, professional genealogy, and other specialized topics. Contact: Laura Carter, IGHR Director, 3710 Barnett Shoals Road, Athens GA 30605-4712.
- The Certificate Program in Genealogical Research 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), sponsored by the Utah Genealogical Association, is in its 20th year and is a week-long intensive educational experience that takes students deep into their topic of choice. SLIG is dedicated to offering courses that fill a high-intermediate and advanced-level educational need. However, each year a handful of courses are included which provide a wealth of information and background information required to help intermediate and transitional genealogists strengthen their core understanding of the research process. Write to: The Utah Genealogical Association, PO Box 1144, Salt Lake City, UT 84110 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The instructors are all experienced genealogical researchers, lecturers, and writers who bring their expertise into the classroom with case studies and problem solving exercises. The students come from a wide variety of backgrounds but all share their passion for family history and for learning how to efficiently break down “brick wall” genealogical puzzles. Various different week-long genealogical courses which incorporate hands-on learning in a state-of-the-art and friendly community atmosphere. Write to: GRIP of Pittsburgh, PO Box 44, Wexford, PA 15090.
Applications are made in August and announced in October of each year, for attendance in the following calendar year. Applicants for the award for 2017 should apply before August 31, 2016, 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 2017 will be made by October 15, 2016. Applications should be addressed to:
Henry Z Jones, Jr., FASG
Chair, ASG Scholarship Committee
P.O. Box 261388
San Diego, CA 92196-1388
Past recipients of the ASG Scholar Award are listed below, along with the title of the published work or manuscript submitted at the time. Awards here are listed by the year in which the award was granted; stipends were used in the following academic year.
Darcie Hind Posz, CG, Washington, D.C.: “Tanaka and Ishihara Families of Hiroshima Prefecture and Papaaloa, Hilo, Hawaii, Territory of Hawaii.”
Chip Rowe, Garrison, New York: “Who Was Joel Holcomb of Wallingford, Connecticut?”
Paul K. Graham, Salt Lake City, Utah: “McCombs of Milledgeville, Georgia.”
Aaron Goodwin, New York, New York: “The Prussian Origins of William Aufermann of Manhattan and New Jersey.”
Janey E. Joyce, CG, San Antonio, Texas: “Identifying the Parents of Lucy P. Barber (1778-1861), Wife of William Barber of Enosburg, Vermont.”
Jay H. Fonkert, CG, Saint Paul, Minnesota: “Three Studies of Six Morstad Siblings.”
Ruth Randall, Albuquerque, New Mexico: “A Family for Suzanne.”
Dawn C. Stricklin, Springfield, Missouri: “The Many Mothers of John Little Crow.”
Birdie Monk Holsclaw, CG, Longmont, Colorado: “Life and Death on the Frontier: The Robert and Loana McFarland Family of Boulder Valley, Colorado.”
Nancy S. Peterson, Gig Harbor, Washington: “The Missing Randalls: Descendants of John(1) Randall of Westerly Through His Son Peter.”
Douglas S. Shipley, Fredericksburg, Virginia: “Frank and Fanny Austin: Oral and Documentary Research of a Formerly Enslaved Family.”
Carol Gohari, Glendale, New York: “Jacob Eaton of Brookhaven, Long Island, New York, and His Children.”
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.”
Peter E. Carr, San Luis Obispo, California: “Guide to Cuban Genealogical Research: Records and Sources.”
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.”