Announcing the ASG Scholar Award

The following announcement was written by The American Society of Genealogists:

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 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 Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed) 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 Genealogical Institute on Federal Records, 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 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, 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
  • The Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, 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.


Applicants for the 2017 award 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 17, 2016. 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.

1996 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.”

1997 Peter E. Carr, San Luis Obispo, California: “Guide to Cuban Genealogical Research: Records and Sources.”

1998 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.”

2000 Carol Gohari, Glendale, New York: “Jacob Eaton of Brookhaven, Long Island, New York, and His Children.”

2001 Douglas S. Shipley, Fredericksburg, Virginia: “Frank and Fanny Austin: Oral and Documentary Research of a Formerly Enslaved Family.”

2003 Nancy S. Peterson, Gig Harbor, Washington: “The Missing Randalls: Descendants of John(1) Randall of Westerly Through His Son Peter.”

2004 Birdie Monk Holsclaw, CG, Longmont, Colorado: “Life and Death on the Frontier: The Robert and Loana McFarland Family of Boulder Valley, Colorado.”

2007 Dawn C. Stricklin, Springfield, Missouri: “The Many Mothers of John Little Crow.”

2008 Ruth Randall, Albuquerque, New Mexico: “A Family for Suzanne.”

2009 Jay H. Fonkert, CG, Saint Paul, Minnesota: “Three Studies of Six Morstad Siblings.”

2010 Janey E. Joyce, CG, San Antonio, Texas: “Identifying the Parents of Lucy P. Barber (1778-1861), Wife of William Barber of Enosburg, Vermont.”

2011 Aaron Goodwin, New York, New York: “The Prussian Origins of William Aufermann of Manhattan and New Jersey.”

2012 Paul K. Graham, Salt Lake City, Utah: “McCombs of Milledgeville, Georgia.”

2014 Chip Rowe, Garrison, New York: “Who Was Joel Holcomb of Wallingford, Connecticut?”

2016 Darcie Hind Posz, CG: “Tanaka and Ishihara Families of Hiroshima Prefecture and Papaaloa, Hilo, Hawaii, Territory of Hawaii.”

One Comment

The words “week long” are repeated throughout the descriptions of each educational course. My question is, why isn’t The National Institute for Genealogical Studies included in this opportunity?

When I sought professional development opportunities within my field (I am a Genealogical Librarian and a graduate of American Genealogical Studies); my government employer and I researched the possibilities and we came to the unanimous decision that I should attend the Institute.

The courses offered there are not “week” long studies, but courses that go on for “weeks” (plural) and some classes take a year to complete. This is why I chose such a challenging track only offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

True, The school is based at St. Michaels College out of the University of Toronto, but I am betting that you will not find any classes more suited to “American Genealogical Studies”, than at this school. I strongly urge the ASG committee to take a second look at this program for future inclusion into the Scholar Award.

The instructors are many professionals in our community whose names you would recognize and you are mentored by them through each track; as well as having access to class discussions, graded assignments and tests, etc. This is a virtual classroom accommodation that would rival any “week long” situation.


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