Founded in 2010 to encourage young genealogists to pursue their family history, the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Student Genealogy Grant includes a $500 cash award and free registration to the popular Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree in Burbank, California. A generous private contribution allowed the Grant Committee to recognize two outstanding young genealogists in 2012, A.C. Ivory of Salt Lake City, Utah and Elyse Doerflinger of Lomita, California.
Since being awarded the Student Genealogy Grant in 2012, A.C. Ivory has graduated from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, traveled internationally, and pursued a career as a professional genealogist.
A.C. worked at AncestryProGenealogists while attending college and was recently promoted to Associate Product Manager. In this capacity, he continues to train new employees and develop internal products used by the firm’s genealogists.
In recent months A.C. has enjoyed traveling to England and Ireland to train new employees, and was able to visit two of his ancestral home towns and 1850’s homes during his time overseas.
“Over the last six months,” A.C. notes, “I have made an effort to spend more time doing my own genealogy, not just genealogy for clients at work. I try to go to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City each Wednesday to conduct my own research. I am finding many gaps and missing records I have yet to obtain, but I thoroughly enjoy doing research on my own family.”
The grant funds allowed A.C. to add new research books and subscription services to his research toolbox and to develop several family genealogy websites, including Generation Ivory for the Ivory Family Association.
A.C. is a popular genealogy conference speaker specializing in technology, Mac computer skills, and innovator topics; be sure to stop and greet him when you see him at your next event.
Learn more about the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Student Genealogy Grant and encourage young genealogists to apply.