Archives.com Announces Grant to Fund Family History Projects

Archives.com

[Editor's note: the following press release was received from Archives.com. This sounds like a great way for genealogical and historical societies to get funding for worthwhile projects!]

Archives.com Announces Grant to Fund Family and Cultural History Projects

Program to Assist Groups and Individuals with Historical Preservation

PALO ALTO, CA — January 13, 2011 – Archives.com, an Inflection brand, today announces its Grant Program, a major initiative to assist individuals and communities with family, communal, and cultural research and preservation projects. The Archives.com Grant will help people and organizations take on historically significant projects that positively impact their family or community.

“Since inception, Archives.com has sought to create a simple and affordable family history research experience for users,” said CEO Matthew Monahan. “Now we are going one step further by establishing the Archives.com Grant Program so that valuable research projects do not perish due to lack of funding. We aim to level the playing field so that anyone can embark on the preservation projects that matter to them because family history shouldn’t be a hobby solely for the rich and famous.”

Grant recipients may come from all walks of life, and may be individuals or community-based organizations. Specifically, Archives is seeking any project that contributes to the promotion and advancement of family history research and preservation. Examples include projects related to document preservation, artifact restoration, record transcription, and promotion of historical events.

Grant recipients will be chosen monthly and awarded up to $1,000 to fund their project. Archives encourages every person or organization in the U.S. to apply, whether a newbie, hobbyist, expert, or community group, like a historical society, library, or archive.

“Archives is excited to continue investing in the community, as we believe there are few things more important than the exploration and preservation of our history, culture, and heritage,” said Director of Product Joe Godfrey. “Undoubtedly, the Archives.com Grant Program will prove to be an important resource for a diverse group of family historians and organizations.”

Archives.com provides more than 2 million monthly visitors with an array of powerful tools, expert advice, and access to a database of over 1.1 billion records. If you would like to learn more about the Archives.com Grant Program, please visit the application page. All are encouraged to apply and forward this important opportunity to friends, family, or colleagues.

About Archives.com

Archives.com is a leading family history Web site that makes discovering family history simple and affordable. The company has assembled more than 1.1 billion historical records – birth, death, marriage, divorce, census, obituary, immigration, military and more – all in a single location, and makes them available at a price that’s up to 80 percent less than the leading competitor. Archives also partners with other leading family history websites to provide integrated record collections, discounted memberships, official certificates and other special promotions – providing a comprehensive resource for researching your family history. Archives.com is free to try for seven days, allowing anyone to explore the benefits of membership without risk or obligation. For more information and to start discovering your family history, please visit www.Archives.com.

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NEHGS – Upcoming Research Tours

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[Editor's Note: the following information was received from the New England Historic Genealogical Society and remember it is never too early to plan your research trips for 2011!]

Winter Weekend Research Getaway – Effective Use of Technology

NEHGS Weekend Research Getaways combine personal, guided research at the NEHGS Research Library with themed educational lectures to create a unique experience for every participant. Personal consultations with NEHGS genealogists throughout the program allow visitors to explore their own genealogical projects, under the guiding hand of the nation’s leading family history experts.

Our Winter Research Getaway, “Effective Use of Technology,” offers a variety of lectures surrounding “best practices” in using technology including researching online, software, and other topics relevant to any genealogist.

January 27, 2011 9:00AM – January 29, 2011 5:00PM
New England Historic Genealogical Society
99-101 Newbury St.
Boston MA, 02116
www.AmericanAncestors.org

English Heritage Long Weekend

Discover the rich heritage of London with NEHGS in February 2011. This unique long weekend will feature memorable events led by renowned scholars George Redmonds and John Titford, including talks, a guided tour of historic London churches, a visit to the College of Arms, optional side visits, special guests, and dinner at an exclusive private club. The weekend also includes up to three full days at Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE! — the largest family history event in the world. Space is extremely limited. In addition to events, the NEHGS English Heritage Long Weekend includes six nights lodging at the Hilton London Kensington Hotel, located at 179–199 Holland Park Avenue, London, daily coach service, and daily English breakfast for five days, and two additional group meals. Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from the Hilton London Kensington Hotel and optional activities and all other meals not included in scheduled tour events. Refer to www.AmericanAncestors.org for more information about the trip and accommodations.

February 22, 2011 – February 28, 2011 12:00PM
London, England

Washington, D.C. Research Tour

Research in the repositories of the nation’s capital with NEHGS as we return to Washington, D.C. Researchers will visit the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Library, Library of Congress (LOC), and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) during this intensive week of guided research, individual consultations, lectures, and group meal events. Featured consultants include Henry B. Hoff, David A. Lambert, and Rhonda R. McClure. Refer to www.AmericanAncestors.org for more information about the trip and accommodations.

March 6, 2011, 3:00PM – March 13, 2011, 12:00PM
Washington, D.C.

Allen County Public Library Research Tour—Fort Wayne, Indiana

Join NEHGS for our inaugural visit to Fort Wayne, Indiana, as we explore one of the world’s largest genealogical collections at the Allen County Public Library (ACPL). Fort Wayne has been dubbed the “Best Read City” by Places Rated Almanac as ACPL holds more than 350,000 printed volumes and more than 513,000 items of microfilm and microfiche. Consequently, ACPL is a destination for every genealogist. The tour includes individual consultations, group meals, lectures, and other events. Please refer to our website, www.AmericanAncestors.org, for more information about the trip and accommodations.

May 22, 2011 3:00PM – May 29, 2011 11:00AM
Allen County Public Library
900 Library Plaza
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Weekend Research Trip to Albany, New York

Searching for ancestors from New York State? Join NEHGS as we explore the vast resources of the New York State Archives. The weekend includes individual consultations, lectures, and a group dinner. Featured consultants include Henry B. Hoff, editor of the Register, and Christopher C. Child, Genealogist of the Newbury Street Press. Please refer to www.AmericanAncestors.org for more information about the trip and accommodations.

July 13, 2011 3:00PM – July 17, 2011 11:00AM;
Albany, NY

For additional information contact education@nehgs.org or call 1-888-286-3447

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Support the Birdie Monk Holsclaw Memorial Fund

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[Editor's Note: As mentioned by both Dear MYRTLE and Paula Stuart-Warren in their blogs, I want to get the word out on this very worthy fund-raising project for the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies - and a great way to remember a great genealogist, Birdie Monk Holsclaw. Here is the text as gathered from Cari Taplin's Facebook page (Cari is organizing this effort).]

Birdie Monk Holsclaw (1948-2010) was a Certified Genealogist from Longmont, Colorado. She was very active in the genealogical community not only locally but nationally as well. She was most known for her mentoring spirit and knowledge of the latest technological gadgets. She often lectured and, among other things, taught classes at Samford University. She was active in many societies always bringing her cheerfulness and sharing her knowledge everywhere she went.

The books from Birdie Monk Holsclaw’s private collection are being auctioned at eBay. They being sold to raise money for the Birdie Monk Holsclaw Memorial Fund, administered by the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies (CCGS), the purpose of which is to support genealogical education and volunteerism through three avenues:

  • to sponsor the NGS Birdie Monk Holsclaw Memorial Lecture at the annual NGS Conference in the States
  • to provide a scholarship to Samford University’s Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research
  • to acknowledge a living volunteer with the Birdie Monk Holsclaw Memorial Award to be awarded by CCGS at the annual seminar

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