Librarian Scholarship

In Honor of Charlotte Freels Duvall

The Florida State Genealogical Society is dedicated to the promotion of excellence in genealogy in our state and support of Florida public libraries. We are pleased to offer a greater opportunity for the education of librarians who serve genealogical patrons.

Charlotte Freels Duvall for many years has provided $200 for the librarian scholarship. FSGS adds an additional $300 to make a total of $500 available to any Florida librarian who is serving genealogy patrons. This scholarship is for attending a state or national conference or an institute of genealogical research to help further education in genealogical research and services.

If your library serves genealogy patrons, we hope we can encourage you to apply for our scholarship and increase your education to better serve your patrons. A completed application should be returned with a letter of recommendation from your Library Director that includes an assurance that you will be given professional leave to attend the seminar of choice. Email the awards chair for questions regarding this award. Applications should be received by January 1st of the award year.

Below you will find a list of conferences and institutes we believe will assist you in making a decision. All of these educational programs provide brochures well in advance. Contact the organization if you would like to be on their mailing list. There are also many other conferences and instructional courses offered year-round. All genealogy publications such as The Florida Genealogist, The Genealogical Helper, Heritage Quest, The Forum, The National Genealogical Quarterly, and other local Florida society quarterlies and newsletters announce them on a regular basis.

This scholarship may be applied to the FSGS conference and the balance must be applied to one other seminar, conference or institute. You will be required to send a report to the FSGS board after you attend your chosen event.

Click here for an FSGS Scholarship Application (PDF Format)

Click here for an FSGS Scholarship Application (Microsoft Word form)

View a list of past scholarship recipients.

Suggested List of Genealogy Educational Programs

  • Federation of Genealogical Societies, PO Box 830220, Richardson, TX 75083-0220. Conference is held each year in a different city. This is an umbrella organization for all genealogy societies. They attract over 1500 people to their conference and provide many vendors. A Librarians Serving Genealogists (LSG) lecture series is provided.
  • Genealogical Institute of Texas, PO Box 832856, Richardson, TX 75083-2856. Usually held in July. Instructional courses for beginners to advanced researchers.
  • Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, Harwell G. Davis Library, 800 Lakeshore Dr, Birmingham, AL 35229. Held in June at Samford University. Features multiple-track selections during a week-long institute aimed at all skill levels of genealogical research, including special topics.
  • National Genealogical Society, 4527 17th St, North Arlington, VA 22207-2399. Conference is held each year in a different city. A Librarians Serving Genealogists (LSG) lecture series is provided.
  • National Institute on Genealogical Research, PO Box 14274, Washington, DC 20044-4274. An extensive week-long program, usually in July, that focuses on federal and pre-federal records held at the National Archives. They also provide a scholarship.
  • Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, PO Box 1144, Salt Lake City, UT 84110-1144. Held in January of each year. Offers extensive use of the facilities of the Family History Library and provides 7 genealogy tracks, one specifically designed for librarians.