The moment when a simple post-it from my Aunt Bea was the best gift I could hope for...and set the stage for happy moments in Christmas seasons to come.
It was 1999-2000 and I was positively giddy. I couldn’t believe that I was getting to make a living doing what I loved and so much good fortune had come my way so swiftly. I decided to find a way to give back and that’s what prompted me to launch a genealogy grants program.
I’m happy to announce that the 222nd (and final!) grant has been awarded to Rosie Rowley. Grant funds will be used to buy a portable scanner with a document feeder to assist with the creation of a digital index of local newspapers on cards.
I’m delighted to announce that the 221st grant has been awarded to Olivia Dorsey of Digital Black History. Grant funds will be used to help cover the costs of running the Digital Black History website.
Trish Hackett Nicola of ChineseExclusionFiles.com has been awarded the second of two grants in Q1 2020. Grant funds will be used to help cover the costs of running the ChineseExclusionFiles website.
The first of two grants in Q1 of 2020 has been awarded to Nicka Sewell-Smith of BlackProGen LIVE. Funds will help to cover the costs of the platform used to host twice monthly live broadcasts.
The second of two grants in Q4 of 2019 was awarded to the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. Funds will assist with an oral history initiative the Center is kicking off this year.
The first of two grants in Q4 of 2019 was awarded to Tami Mize of ConferenceKeeper.org, where you'll find a fabulous free online calendar of genealogy events organized by date and location.
This quarter’s grant was awarded to mitoYDNA, a group which has created a web-based database, where users can upload Y-DNA and mitochondrial DNA, as well as utilize DNA matching, analysis and tools to help further their genealogical research.
May of next year will be the 20th anniversary of my grants program, and since next year will be 2020, I thought that might be a fitting time to wrap up. 20 years in 2020. I'm sharing this decision now so that any folks who've been considering applying for a grant but haven't yet done so will have a heads up that the clock is now ticking.
The second of two grants Q1 2019 has been awarded to The Historical Society of Harford County. Grant funds will assist with purchase of the materials necessary to process and store the 1,088 letters in the collection of the late Nancy Webster Barnes, which was recently donated for genealogists and historians to research and explore.
The first of two grants this quarter has been awarded to Regina Dillard. Grant funds assisted with the cost of Y-DNA testing of the only two men of her grandmother's generation left in the family who could be tested, ages 86 and 72.