Thursday, January 6, 2011

Memorial Grant to Assist Young Genealogists Attending 2011 SCGS Jamboree

Genealogy Blogger Denise Levenick has her eye on the future.  The future of genealogy research depends on young people being introduced to the joys of family history.  And her new Memorial Grant is a wonderful step toward accomplishing that goal.

When I saw Denise at the Family History Expo in Pleasanton last October she pulled me aside to share the details of her plans.  I was pleasantly surprised to see Denise at the Expo as her dear mother and conference companion had passed just a few months before.  Denise explained that it was on her heart to honor her mom by setting up a memorial grant to assist young genealogists who want to attend one of the biggest genealogy events of the year - the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree held each June in Burbank, CA.  

As a previous guest on my podcast Family History: Genealogy Made Easy (Episode 39) she had made an impression on me with her enthusiasm, sense of humor, and humility.  She's a lovely lady who is putting her heart into action.  Please take a few moments to read the following information and consider how you can help make a difference for a budding genealogist.

January 5, 2011 – Student genealogists interested in attending the 2011 Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree are invited to apply for the 2011 Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant established by friends and family to honor Suzanne’s Freeman’s lifetime of service to young people and to assist young genealogists seeking to advance their genealogical education. 

Suzanne Freeman was the mother of blogger and writer Denise Levenick, The Family Curator, and a life- long volunteer who worked with many youth organizations in the capacity of leader, organizer, and administrator. She also developed a strong interest in family history, and enjoyed the growing number of young student genealogists. At the time of her death in Tucson, Arizona August 28, 2010, Suzanne was 
still searching for her elusive Winsor cousins. 

Genealogy bloggers came to know Suzanne the past two years at the SCGS Jamboree where she enthusiastically joined the GeneaBlogger Welcome Bag project, assisting in the assembly and distribution of gifts to attending genealogy bloggers.  

To honor her support of the SCGS Jamboree, the first Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant will be awarded to a student attending the 2011 Jamboree. The grant includes a check for $500 toward conference expenses. 

Applicants need not be a currently registered student, but must have been a enrolled at a college, university, or secondary school within the last twelve months, and be between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five.  

Complete guidelines and application are available online at The Family Curator blog . Deadline for applications is February 15, 2011; the award recipient will be announced March 1, 2011.  

Suzanne Winsor Freeman was born January 5, 1933 in Olathe, Kansas to Arline (Kinsel) and Frank Ammi Brown, and grew up in Orange and Santa Ana after her family moved to California in 1937. She purchased property in Green Valley, Arizona in 1982 and became a full-time Arizona resident in 1997. 

The Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Fund honors her love of service and of family history. The purpose of the fund is to assist young genealogists by offering grants to advance their genealogical education, including funds to attend genealogy conferences and workshops. 

Suzanne enjoyed researching family history online and frequently posted queries that resulted in new family connections. She supplied stories and anecdotes for, the blog written by her daughter Denise Levenick, and also appeared as a guest blogger at   

Donations to the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Fund may be made at any Wells Fargo Bank c/o Wells Fargo Bank, Green Valley, Arizona 520/625-1222. 

For More Information Contact: Denise Levenick,, 626/688-8974. 
Suzanne Winsor Freeman Obituary: and Green Valley News 

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