Ancestry.com Operations Inc. (“Ancestry™”) has established the AncestryProGenealogists™ Scholarship Program to foster and support professional genealogists in their ongoing development efforts. Thank you for your interest in our scholarship program. Please check back in October 2020 for the application to the scholarship program for 2021 Institutes.

Thank you for your interest in our scholarship program. Please check back in October 2020 for the application to the scholarship program for 2021 Institutes.


2020 Winners

 

 
 

 

First Place

Kristin Wenger, of Lititz, PA - SLIG Academy January 2021. Kristin Wenger, founder of Roots & Wings Research, LLC, is passionate about giving others the gift of experiencing fulfillment and inspiration through discovering, preserving, and sharing their family histories. A lifelong Lancaster County resident, she specializes in Pennsylvania research, particularly Anabaptists and Moravians. As a teacher and librarian for nearly two decades, Kristin loves to provide both individual coaching and engaging group instruction. She volunteers as the in-house genealogist for the Lititz Historical Foundation, serves on the Lititz Public Library Board, and is involved in teaching and music ministries at her church. Kristin will attend SLIG Academy for Professionals in 2021 as her next step toward earning the CG and CGL credentials.

Second Place

Adina Newman of Sharon, Massachusetts – IGHR summer 2020. Adina Newman will attend the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) in Athens, Georgia, this summer to take the course, “Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis.” As the founder of My Family Genie, Adina assists clients with their family research and blogs about her own family history. She has a doctorate in educational leadership and has completed the Boston University Certificate in Genealogical Research and the SLIG Virtual All-DNA Advanced Practicum. She also volunteers as a Facebook moderator for a Jewish genetic genealogy group and is the Social Media Coordinator for NextGen Genealogy Network. She aspires to become a credentialed genealogist and genealogy educator, presenting and writing to educate others and help them with their own genealogy goals.

Third Place

Franchesca Werden of Cathedral City, CA – GRIP summer 2020. Franchesca Werden has been working as a professional genealogist for the past three years, specializing in forensic genealogy and Italian genealogical research. She holds a B.S. from Boston University in Broadcasting and Film and is a graduate of B.U.'s Certificate in Genealogical Research program. She is currently on the teaching team for both of the Boston University genealogy courses. Franchesca sits on the board of DNA Doe, a non-profit that uses genetic genealogy to identify John and Jane Does. She is committed to continuing education and professional development. Franchesca is currently completing the ProGen Study Group and has attended both GRIP and SLIG in the past. Her goal is to achieve Certification through the Board for Certification of Genealogists so that she can pursue a career in military repatriation.

Fourth Place

Katherine Huffman of St, Peters, MO – GenFed summer 2020. Katherine Huffman of St. Peters, Missouri, is the owner of her own genealogy business and hopes to apply for certification with the Board for Certification of Genealogists within the next two years. She earned her B.A. in anthropology from the University of Missouri in 2013 and her certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University in 2019. In her spare time, Katherine is an active member of her local DAR chapter, serves as an ambassador for her local tourism bureau, and is currently writing a book about her paternal ancestry.

Fifth Place

Suzanne Myers of Phoenix, AZ – MAAGI summer 2020. Suzanne Kelting Myers, D.O. has been been involved in her family's genealogical research since the 1980's but began again in earnest preparing for a trip to Ireland ten years ago. She has since located and visited ancestral homes for her Irish, Bohemian and Jewish Bavarian ancestors. Stateside, her interests include everything Old West where rustlers, wranglers, and ruffians braved the frontier and the Great Plains where farms were carved out of grassland and homes were built of sod. Her education in anthropology, educational theory and medicine provide her a unique approach to genealogical research and interpretation. Her business, Expedition Genealogy, founded in 2017, does traditional family history, DNA analysis, unknown heir services, adoption reconciliation and mentoring of family historians. She serves as editor for Tidbits, the monthly newsletter for West Valley Genealogical Society of Youngtown, Arizona, and is actively involved in transcribing burial card data for the San Francisco Bay Are Jewish Genealogical Society. When not totally immersed in genealogy, Suzanne enjoys distance running, dog agility, sewing and writing.

 


2019 Winners

 

First Place

Linda Tseitlin of Peabody, Massachusetts, is one of our winners of this year's AncestryProGenealogists™ institute scholarships. Linda will attend the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) in Athens, Georgia, this summer to take the course "DNA as Genealogical Evidence." Linda became interested in genealogy more than 35 years ago, and has been pursuing in-depth education with an eye to making it her career for the past couple of years. She has completed the Boston University Certificate Program, the ProGen Study Group, and has attended the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). Her next goal is to apply for the Certified Genealogist(R) credential through the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Congratulations, Linda!

Second Place

Lynn Tenney of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, is one of our winners of this year's AncestryProGenealogists™ genealogical institute scholarships. Lynn, who has been interested in tracing family history for more than 30 years, hopes to teach genealogy to others through community education, local societies, and conferences. She also hopes to attain the Certified Genealogist(R) and Certified Genealogical Lectruer(SM) credentials. Lynn will attend the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) this summer and take Blaine Bettinger's "Advanced DNA Evidence" course.

Third Place

Amber Oldenburg of Indianapolis, Indiana, is one of our AncestryProGenealogists™ institute scholarship winners. She will attend the "Introduction to Genetic Genealogy" track at next year's Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) in January 2020. Amber recently earned her associate's degree in Family History from Brigham Young University-Idaho. She lectures and volunteers locally for genealogical organizations and is on the board of the Indiana chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. She plans to continue to work with clients and educate the public, and she hopes to get on the speaking circuit at national conferences. She also has a goal of earning the Certified Genealogist(R) credential through the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG).

Fourth Place

Donna Weathers of Norcross, Georgia, is one of our AncestryProGenealogists™ institute scholarship winners. Donna's attendance at the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed) in Washington, D.C., will figure into her five-year education plan preparing her to seek the Certified Genealogist(R) credential through the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Donna is an AncestryProGenealogists™ contractor and a genealogy trip planner. She enjoys genealogical lecturing and hopes to do more of it in the future. Her special research interest is the U.S. Lifesaving Service.


2018 Winners

 

First Place

Julie Cahill Tarr will be attending the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Julie is a professional genealogist, who provides research, writing, editing, and graphic design services to help clients discover and share their family history. An award-winning author, she also educates others on genealogy research techniques and methods by writing articles, guides, and course materials. Julie currently serves as the managing editor of FORUM, a quarterly magazine of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. Participating in the course You Be the Judge: A Practicum Using Standards to Evaluate Genealogical Work at GRIP will help Julie excel at her work as an editor, writer, and researcher.

Second Place

Laura Jones will be attending the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records in Washington, D.C. As a former Civil War reenactor, Laura Jones gained a deep appreciation for family lore, and while working towards her B.A. in history, she became interested in learning about her colonial ancestors.  For more than 20 years, Laura researched her own ancestors and those of many friends.  As her passion for genealogy grew, she expanded her expertise through webinars, conferences, and seminars.  In 2015, Laura founded Blue Tree Legacy to help clients discover their own lost history.  Seeing the wonder in her clients’ eyes when they discover an ancestor is a delight that never grows old.

Third Place

Peg A. Ivanyo will be attending the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research in Athens, Georgia. Peg is a meeting planner by trade and a genealogist, family historian by passion. She presently works as the director of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). She has previously served as a member of the Utah Genealogical Association Board of Directors, administrator of the Eastern European Family History Conference, member of the Springville Family History Center Training committee, and spent eight years teaching classes and consulting with local church members.

Fourth Place

Leah Larkin will be attending the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy in Salt Lake City, Utah. Leah Larkin is originally from southern Louisiana, where she grew up in the heart of Cajun country, steeped in culture and history.  She earned her Ph.D. in biology from the University of Texas at Austin, where she used DNA to study how species are related. After working in both academia and scientific publishing, she turned her skills to solving unknown parentage cases using DNA. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two children.

 


2017 Winners

 

First Place

Jan Joyce Ahrens of Los Altos Hills, California, will be attending the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Ahrens has researched her personal genealogy since 1998 focusing on the geographies of Ohio, Pennsylvania, England, and Norway. She is pursuing her genealogy education professionally to teach and write.

Second Place

Jennifer Stone Randolph of Hanover, New Hampshire, will be attending the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records in Washington, D.C. Ms. Randolph is the managing genealogist for Touchstone Genealogical Services, based in New Hampshire. Jennifer has over ten years’ experience in the field.

Third Place

Denyce Porter Peyton of Cincinnati, Ohio, will be attending the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research in Athens, Georgia. Ms. Peyton has engaged in genealogical research since 1994, working as a professional researcher since 2004. She serves a diverse clientele, including a specialty in African American research. Her geographic focus areas include Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and the southeastern states.

Fourth Place

Kristin Harms of Alpharetta, Georgia, will be attending the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy in Salt Lake City, Utah. Ms. Harms is a professional genealogist based just outside of Atlanta, Georgia. She has colonial roots in Pennsylvania, New York, and Massachusetts, and immigrant ancestors from Germany, Switzerland, England, Scotland, and Ireland. She has been chasing the evidence of her ancestors’ lives for over 15 years.

 

 

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