Nov 4

Pictured: Abigail Budzynski, Adult Services Assistant Department Head, Tim Jarzemsky, Library Director, and Leslie Drewitz, Local History AssistantWe're excited to announce the most recent Grant recipient: the Bloomingdale Public Library in Bloomingdale, Illinois. The library will use the grant to further their oral history project, which aims to record and preserve the memories of Bloomingdale community members.

The Village of Bloomingdale, home to about 22,000 people, is located 28 miles west of Chicago. The library's oral history project will be especially valuable to Bloomingdale as it will preserve memories of older community members that might otherwise be lost forever. The project, which had been delayed due to budget constraints, will be able to continue thanks to the $1,000 grant. Read More »

Jul 22

CAAGRI founder and CEO Paula D. RoysterThe latest Grant was awarded to The Center for African American Genealogical Research, Inc. (CAAGRI), a non-profit organization that works to reconnect African families torn apart by the slave trade. CAAGRI's methods incorporate both traditional genealogy and DNA studies, which will help people around the world to trace their roots back to Africa.

They also are engaged in an ongoing project to digitize the holdings of the the Public Records and Archives Administration (formerly the National Archives) in Ghana. This project started in April 2010, and over one million records have been digitized thus far. The goal is... Read More »

Jun 27

On Saturday June 25th, participated in the most recent episode of FGS Radio - My Society, an Internet radio show presented by the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS). Host Thomas MacEntee interviewed Product Manager Julie Hill, discussing the Grant Program.

To listen to the interview click here.

We're excited to continue to get the word out about this valuable program - which has already donated $6,000 dollars in 2011.

The Grant funds family history and historical preservation projects, awarding up to $1,000 dollars monthly to an individual or organization. This is a great opportunity... Read More »

Jun 22

JGSWS President Nancy AdelsonArchives has awarded the latest $1,000 dollar grant to the Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State (JGSWS). The grant funds will allow the organization to begin a project to digitize the Jewish Transcript, a newspaper which holds a wealth of information on the Washington State Jewish Community. This is an endeavor they've wanted to begin for many years, but never had sufficient resources before today.

The Jewish Transcript (now called JT News) has been in publication for 120 years. The pages hold vital records, like birth, marriage, and death announcements, Bar and Bat Mitzvah information... Read More »

May 20

Sullivan's Historic Cemetery Association. Pictured: Rovena Owens, Ed Huff, Jeanie Heath, Louise Huff, Clay Martin, Linda Smith. Not Pictured: William Wood, Linda Gambrell, Father McInernyAt the NGS Conference Archives gave participants the opportunity to apply for a $1,000 dollar grant to fund a family history project. We received over 100 applications, but could only pick one. We were particularly struck by one proposal submitted by Linda Smith, archivist for the Sullivan's Island Historic Cemetery Association.

The Sullivan's Island Historic Cemetery is located on Sullivan's Island, South Carolina near Charleston. Linda notes, "My family has lived on Sullivan's Island for over 100 years. This old cemetery serves as a gateway to the island history which is being lost as the population on the island changes." Read More »

May 16

NGS 2011On Saturday, one lucky NGS participant was chosen as the recipient of a special Grant award. The winner was Linda D. Smith of Sullivan's Island Historic Cemetery Association. Sullivan's Island is located off the coast of South Carolina, not far from downtown Charleston. This small non-profit organization is committed to the preservation of an historical graveyard, which is the resting place for a number of Civil War soldiers.

The organization will use the $1,000 dollar award for much needed tombstone restoration, grave identification, and fencing. These repairs will help relatives to find the graves and connect with their ancestors... Read More »

May 11

Are you in Charleston, SC this week? If so, you're in luck! Archives is making a special a special $1,000 grant award at the NGS conference! The mission of the Grant is to help fund important individual and communal initiatives that contribute to the promotion and advancement of family history research and historical preservation. These might be projects to preserve historical documents, restore culturally significant artifacts, transcribe records, promote... Read More »

Apr 26

Prospect House Founder Jay Johnson with Archives Grant certificate.Today, awarded the Prospect House Museum a $1,000 grant to fund a community event to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The Prospect House Museum, located Battle Lake, Minnesota, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of this historic house and its priceless Civil War memorabilia. Founder Jay Johnson's great grandfather "Cap" Colehour built the Georgian-style mansion in the early 1880's. Several years ago, Johnson discovered... Read More »

Mar 24 just announced The James Preservation Trust as our February grant winner. To read the full press release, click here. We're happy to support such an interesting project. The James Preservation Trust has already done significant work tracing Jesse James' lineage, but the grant will enable them to reach new heights in their research. Expressing his appreciation President Eric James said, "..having [the grant] will allow us to do the... Read More »

Feb 25

We are pleased to introduce the second grant recipient for January 2011. Myron is an avid family historian, who will take his research to new heights with the grant award. Background: Myron McGhee is a librarian by profession based in Atlanta, Georgia. His personal research seeks to explore the possible relationship between his African American ancestors and a neighboring white family of the same name. This investigation builds... Read More »

Feb 15

CCHGS group photoLast week we announced the two grant winners for January 2011. One of those recipients was the Columbia County Historical & Genealogical Society (CCHGS), and here we will provide a more detailed introduction to their project and how they plan to use the grant funds. Several members of the CCHGS standing committee holding the grant certificate. Back row: Nina Feltser, Donna Laubach, Cary Rhodomoyer; Front row: Andre Dominguez,... Read More »

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