This quarter, I awarded a grant to the Westside Cemetery Preservation Association to support their work of restoring and cleaning up the gravesites of enslaved African Americans and their descendants, found in cemeteries that have become overgrown and are largely hidden in secluded woods near sugar cane fields in West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana. Click through to the post for more details and to see how you can join me in supporting the work the WCPA is doing.
As a tribute to the 125th anniversary of Ellis Island and Annie Moore's arrival there, I have awarded a grant to The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation to assist with the building of the new Statue of Liberty Museum. The post explains how you can join me in supporting this project.
This quarter, I'm awarding a grant to Mac Titmus and his co-volunteers of Long Island Genealogy. Long Island research can actually be quite challenging, so I'm really happy to support a resource I've found to be so helpful. Since they never charge for information, the group would like to file for not-for-profit status, which has a number of costs associated with it. The post explains how you can join me in supporting them.
Cecilia Chien was told by her father that her family was descended from a king of the 10th century. She began investigating her roots in 2002 and discovered that she is a 38th generation descendant of King Chien (852-932) who founded a prosperous kingdom in the Yangzi delta. Her goal is to write an account, “1,000 Years of a Chinese Family,” an odyssey back to the land of her parents. She will be visiting China this year to further her research. Cecilia requested and received funding to cover half of her round-trip airfare to Shanghai for her fieldwork.
This quarter, as all of the requests were modest, I’m awarding four Seton Shields genealogy grants – one each to the Morgan County Public Library, the Scott County Historical Society, Oak and Laurel Cemetery Preservation, and in support of 'The Rising' film.
This week, we have the story of former U.S. President George H. W. Bush's WWII escape from cannibals, a look at Leah Chase, the Queen of Creole Cuisine, a very fun video in which Saoirse Ronan and Stephen Colbert pronounce 'ridiculous' Irish names, and much more!
This quarter, I'm awarding two grants--one to Rich Custer to support his work preserving Carpatho-Rusyn records and the other to help defray the initial costs of a book series produced by the White Lake Area Historical Society that will showcase area families and notable people, places, and events.