SETON SHIELDS GRANT AWARD!

199 GRANTS AWARDED SINCE MAY 2000!

It's my turn to give back to the genealogical community!

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What Do You Mean by “Genealogical Grants”?

Genealogical societies, local and specialized libraries, and avid genealogists are always short of the funds they need to access or buy appropriate research resources, acquire computers and other equipment, get collected information into print, digitized, and/or online, and pursue other projects. I’d like to take a tiny step toward addressing this problem.

If you represent an organization which serves the genealogical community at large – or if you serve a smaller community (perhaps you produce a family newsletter, host a website, organize reunions or some such thing) — and find yourself shy of necessary funds, please consider filling out the form below to apply for a small grant. I will review all submissions and periodically select one for a donation. My goal is one per per quarter. Submissions will remain active candidates for six months from the date of receipt. Hint: I find myself drawn to innovative ideas that can serve as a model to others! Why not give it a go?

I’m just one person, so I can only give small amounts, but I’m operating on the optimistic principle that every little bit helps. For the few minutes it takes to complete this form, you may be able to buy that handful of books or that scanner that’s been on your wish list for so long.

What’s the Catch?
There is none. Honest. I have had so much fun with genealogy for three decades and have benefited from the help of countless other genealogists. Now it’s my turn to give back to the genealogical community.

Read More about Megan’s Seton Shields Genealogical Grant program in this Wall Street Journal article.

Latest Seton Shields Genealogical Grants

January – March 2017

Westside Cemetery Preservation Association

This quarter, I awarded a grant to the Westside Cemetery Preservation Association to support their work of restoring and cleaning up the gravesites of African American slaves 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.

You can read more about the work of the Westside Cemetery Preservation Association in this newspaper article.

If you would like to join me in supporting the work with WCPA is doing, please consider donating via their GoFundMe campaign.

To apply for a Seton Shields grant, fill out and submit the form here.

October – December 2016

Statue of Liberty MuseumAs 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.

If you have Ellis Island ancestors and/or would simply like to join me in supporting this project, there’s information about how you can contribute here.

To apply for a Seton Shields grant, fill out and submit the form here.

July – September 2016

Long Island GenealogyThis 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 and the grant will help with these. If you’d like to join me in supporting the service they provide to researchers, you can donate at their site (you’ll find a donation button near the top of the home page).

Review Awards From The Past Fourteen Years

View all Grant Awards from 2014 – 2016
View all Grant Awards from 2007 – 2013
View all Grant Awards from 2000 – 2006

Seton Shields Grant Application

* Who is Seton Shields?

My remarkable mother. Naming this grants program after her is one small way to keep her memory alive, though she’s no longer with us.

Seton Shields and family

Irish America – “Photo Album: The Shields Family” by Megan Smolenyak
and Irish America Digital Magazine [Page 96] – “My Irish Mother” by Megan Smolenyak