JewishGen Awarded the Seton Shields Genealogical Award

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

Please join me in congratulating JewishGen for being awarded the November 2012 Seton Shields Genealogical Award. This award is granted by award-winning genealogist Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak
( that is not a typo--she married someone not otherwise related with same last name).

In granting the award, Megan stated:  "JewishGen is a valuable resource I've used many times over the years. If you have any Jewish heritage or have ever used the popular Steve Morse website (, you're already familiar with all JewishGen has to offer, including countless databases and many other tools and resources. If not, I encourage you to visit and explore".

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The monthly Seton Shields award is granted in the name of Megan's late mother.

About the Seton Shields Award:

If you represent an organization which serves the genealogical community at large - or if you serve a smaller community (perhaps you produce a family newsletter, host a website, organize reunions or some such thing) -- and find yourself shy of necessary funds, please consider filling out the form to apply for a small grant.  Megan will review all submissions and periodically select one for a donation.  Megan's goal is one per month.
Submissions will remain active candidates for six months from the date of receipt. She has awarded 150 such grants since May 2000.
To learn more about the Seton Shields award and perhaps apply for one go to:

I do not know the amount of the awards--but since Megan is funding them herself expect that they are in the smaller range.

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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