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Budding Genealogists

Genealogy is a hobby that can be approached at many levels, from casual searching through professional-level research. Because it is so collaborative, with one researcher building on previously-compiled information, the need for trained researchers is always growing. They provide the entire community with living, breathing expertise in sorting through the many types of records that we face every time we research even one ancestor.

To help expand the ranks of professional genealogists,, LLC (formerly the Broderbund genealogy unit of Mattel Interactive) has continued its tradition of awarding scholarships to individuals who are pursuing formal genealogy education, or who are in the process of becoming Accredited Genealogists or Certified Genealogists.

"Millions of people are now tracing their roots, and many of them will need guidance and assistance from professional researchers," said Rob Armstrong, Chief Executive Officer of "We've been awarding scholarships to deserving individuals for several years in order to help the genealogy community develop additional qualified professional researchers to meet the growing demand."

"I want to preserve our country's history because each individual's personal history makes up the history of this wonderful nation"

Pamela Lilly
scholarship recipient

More than $5000 in scholarships were awarded on November 18 to the following individuals:

  • Jeanne Bloom - Chicago, IL
  • Susan Decker - Lexington, NE
  • Carol Ekdahl - Salt Lake City, UT
  • Judy Jones - Sandy, UT
  • Echo King - Provo, UT
  • Pamela Lilly - Weirton, WV
  • Sue Melvin - Westminster, CO
  • Jason Peterson - Northridge, CA
  • Kathryn Pope - Provo, UT
  • June Vaughan - Humble, TX

Applicants were required to submit proof of their application to the Board for Certification of Genealogists or the Accreditation Program of the Family History Department, or to show proof of enrollment in genealogy-related courses. All qualified applications were put into a pool, and the winners were randomly selected.

"I want to preserve our country's history because each individual's personal history makes up the history of this wonderful nation", said Pamela Lilly, a scholarship recipient, who will use her scholarship toward becoming a Certified American Lineage Specialist.

Over the past several years, in addition to the development of award-winning genealogy Web sites and products, has demonstrated a strong commitment to the overall pursuit of genealogy through its support of multiple efforts within the genealogy community. In addition to scholarships, we have given financial support to many national genealogy societies and also several smaller, local organizations to further efforts in their own communities. For more information about next year's program, watch for details in the spring of 2000.

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