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Thursday, February 21, 2019

And the Distinguished Service Award Goes to LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson!


     LaBrenda received the Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her service to UGA and SLIG. LaBrenda was instrumental in helping to develop the commemorative Martin Luther King Jr. event that kicked off the SLIG Academy. Additionally, LaBrenda was the coordinator of SLIG’s first African-American research course. This was quite timely, since 2019 marks the 400th anniversary of the first recorded arrival of Africans to an English colony in Virginia.

     Also working behind the scenes, LaBrenda has lent her expertise of reviewing SLIG’s policies on professional behavior that were codified and published on the website. LaBrenda’s assistance ensured that all the policies were reviewed and published in one place and was particularly instrumental with the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct section. This contributed to SLIG moving forward as a leader in the industry on these issues.

     LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson is an author and lecturer who focuses on African American families with roots in the South; she also serves as a facilitator on the faculty of the Boston University Online Genealogical Program. LaBrenda became a board-certified genealogist in 2015 and was elected as a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists in 2016. She earned a BA in government from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, and both a Law degree and a Master of Laws degree from New York University School of Law.

     While practicing law, LaBrenda authored several editions of her family history as well as two church histories. She has been published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, among other genealogical publications. In 2016 LaBrenda published A Guide to Researching African American Ancestors in Laurens County, South Carolina and Selected Finding Aids, a book that was widely acclaimed as a model for research in South Carolina and other states. Other publications can be found on her website.
     Congratulations, LaBrenda!

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Congratulations to John Philip Colletta on the Silver Tray Award!


     This award is given for scholarly contributions to the field of genealogy and family history. Since 1988, it has traditionally been given for publication efforts.

     This year the award was presented to John Philip Colletta, PhD, FUGA. John is not new to the UGA or the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. John was the coordinator this year for "Writing a Quality Family Narrative." Dr. Colletta has been teaching students how to write and publish quality family narratives and histories at SLIG since 1998 (SLIG's third year).

     John Philip Colletta is one of America’s most popular genealogical lecturers. Knowledgeable, experienced, and entertaining, he resides in Washington, DC. For twenty years, while laying the foundation for his career in genealogy, he worked half-time at the Library of Congress and taught workshops at the National Archives.

     Today Dr. Colletta lectures nationally, teaches at local schools, and conducts programs for the Smithsonian Institution’s Resident Associate Program. He is a faculty member of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (Athens, GA), the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and Boston University’s Certificate in Family History program. He has also been an instructor and course coordinator for the National Institute on Genealogical Research (Washington, DC), the Genealogical Institute of Texas (Dallas), and the Genealogical Institute of Mid-America (Springfield, IL).

     His publications include numerous articles, both scholarly and popular, two manuals — They Came in Ships: A Guide to Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor's Arrival Record and Finding Italian Roots: The Complete Guide for Americans — and one “murder-mystery-family-history,” Only a Few Bones: A True Account of the Rolling Fork Tragedy and Its Aftermath. It tells the story of Colletta’s great-great grandfather, Joe Ring, who moved his family from Buffalo, New York, to Rolling Fork, Mississippi, after the Civil War. When Joe Ring’s country store burned to the ground with five unfortunate victims sleeping upstairs, the incident was investigated as mass murder, robbery and arson.

     Dr. Colletta appears frequently on podcasts and local and national radio and television. He is featured in Episode Four of Ancestors, the ten-part KBYU-TV series, as well as its sequel. He has received many professional honors, including fellowship in the Utah Genealogical Association and distinguished service awards from the Dallas Genealogical Society and the National Society, Daughters of Colonial Founders and Patriots.

     Congratulations, John! 

Friday, February 15, 2019

Congratulations to the latest FUGA - Karen Mauer Jones!


     This award is given in recognition of distinguished contributions and on-going commitment to the field of genealogy of national or international scope, evidenced by any combination of publications, teaching and speaking, or leadership of major genealogical organizations over a significant period of time.

     This year the award was presented to Karen Mauer Jones, CG, FGBS. Karen is not new to the UGA or the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. Karen was the coordinator this year for the New York course, which has been an offering over the years since 2014.

     Karen has been active in the genealogical field as an editor, author, lecturer, and professional genealogist, specializing in upstate New York, and recently retired as the editor of The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. She was named a fellow of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society in November 2012. She holds an MA in museum studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Museum Studies (State University of New York, Oneonta) and a BS (honors) in history (State University of New York, Oneonta). She has served on the Education Committee of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society since 2011. She has served APG as a Regional Vice President (1993-1994) and as Director (1993-1996 and again from 2009-2010). She has also served the genealogical community as Director and Vice President of Administration for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) from 1992 to 2002; National Conference Chair of the 1997 FGS conference in Dallas, Texas; Chair of the FGS Public Relations Committee, 1992-1998.

     As the owner of Frontier Press, a genealogical and historical bookstore, Karen has authored articles in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, as well as the two-volume set of The Kentucky Gazette: Genealogical and Historical Abstracts, 1787-1820, the two-volume set of Pioneer Ohio Newspapers: Genealogical and Historical Abstracts, 1793-1818 (winner of the 1989 Salmon P. Chase Award, Council of Ohio Genealogists), and The Maryland Gazette: Genealogical and Historical Abstracts, 1727-1761 (winner of the 1991 Norris Harris Award, Maryland Historical Society)

     Congratulations to Karen!