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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Jimmy B. Parker Scholarship Awarded for SLIG 2018

The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy is pleased to announce Ellen Blakeslee as the winner of the Jimmy B. Parker Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy scholarship for 2018. The competition was strong and many candidates submitted worthy applications. The committee determined that Ms. Blakeslee's application exemplified the culture of giving back to the community as demonstrated by Jimmy B.Parker.

After 16 years as an Over-the-Road tractor trailer driver, Ellen retired to follow her
Ellen Blakeslee
passion for genealogy. With 39 years of research experience gained in her spare time, 
Ms. Blakeslee started her own genealogy business but still finds time to actively volunteer in her community in Georgia.  She volunteers for the Newton County Library Heritage Room, the Newton County Historical Society Archives and the Family History Center in Conyers, while also editing Jeans and Genes, the quarterly newsletter for the Rockdale County Genealogical Society. She also serves as Treasurer for the Georgia Chapter of Association of Professional Genealogist (APG). 

Ellen credits her mother with her passion for genealogy. She used to take her as a young child from cemetery to cemetery, sharing stories and introducing her to her ancesters.

Ms. Blakeslee will be attending Course 1 entitled “Taking Your Research to the Next Level.” She plans to use the knowledge she gains to continue her volunteer work and expand her teaching skills in the genealogical community.



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