Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research.

AncestryProGenealogists Scholarship Program (applications due by 31 December) is open to aspiring or practicing professional genealogists.

The AncestryProGenealogists Scholarship Program provides four scholarships that will cover tuition, round-trip standard economy airfare (Ancestry may substitute appropriate ground transportation for awardees who live within 300 miles of the applicable institute), and hotel expenses for one individual each to attend one of the four institutes listed:

The scholarships will be awarded to qualified applicants who demonstrate a commitment to genealogy as a profession, a desire for professional development, and the ability to communicate that commitment in writing.

AncestryProGenealogists is the official research firm of, the world’s largest online resource for family history. With family history experts, lecturers, and award-winning authors, AncestryProGenealogists has the expertise to provide a wide range of services, from finding a single document to untangling complicated family trees.

Abbreviated Rules

Applicants are asked to submit the following via the AncestryProGenealogists online form or mail:

  1. Applicant's Full Name
  2. Email
  3. Mailing Address
  4. Phone Number
  5. Institute Preference: Rank the four U.S.-based genealogical institutes based on your preference for attendance, from highest (1) to lowest (4): Gen-Fed, GRIP, IGHR, or SLIG. For GRIP, IGHR, and SLIG, specify which course you would like to take. Gen-Fed offers only one course.
  6. Resume: Your current resume, irrespective of any genealogical experience.
  7. Essay: Describe your experience to date, aspirations as a genealogical professional, and how attending your top-choice institute/course will benefit your career. Essay must be no less than 500 and no more than 700 words.

Application form will be available November 1, 2017. Applications may be submitted on or after November 1, 2017. Electronic entries must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, December 31, 2017. Mailed items must be postmarked by December 31, 2017 and received no later than January 5, 2018. A panel of AncestryProGenealogist professionals will review and select by January 31, 2018, four winning essays from the pool of eligible entries. The Grand Prize winner will receive tuition to his or her first choice institute, plus travel and hotel costs, up to a maximum of $2,000. The Second, Third, and Fourth Prize winners will receive tuition, plus travel and hotel costs, up to $2,000 for each awardee, to their first choice institute, unless already chosen by a higher place awardee, in which case the next applicable and available choice will apply. The judges’ decisions with respect to the selection of the awardees and the interpretation of the Official Rules will be final. The names of the four selected recipients will be announced on by March 1, 2018. Official Rules available here.

By submitting your application, including any personal information contained therein, you attest that the information provided is true and correct and that the essay is original work by you. You also agree to be bound by the Official Rules and consent to the collection and use of your personal information in accordance with Ancestry’s Privacy Statement, available here, which provides in part that Ancestry or AncestryProGenealogists may contact you via the information you’ve provided for other future opportunities sponsored by Ancestry or AncestryProGenealogists. Please see the Official Rules before submitting your application.

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Application Address

Upload applications using the online form:

Or send printed applications to:

Scholarship Program
c/o AncestryProGenealogists
324 S. State St., Suite 100
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Application Timeline

  • Applications due December 31, 2017.
  • Recipients notified on or after January 31, 2018.
  • Announcements made March 1, 2018.

Qualifications and Limitations

  • Applicants must be aspiring or practicing professional genealogists.
  • Applicants must be at least the age of majority in their state of residence at time of entry.
  • Applicants must be residents of the 50 United States, and Washington D.C. Void where prohibited by law, and void for residents of all U.S. overseas territories, commonwealths, possessions, and military locations.
  • Applicants may submit only one application for this year’s contest.
  • Winning applicants must know and have all pre-requisites for a course. Please see the applicable institute’s website for information on courses and pre-requisites.
  • Scholarship is not available to employees of Ancestry, Alliance Sweepstakes, or any of their respective affiliated companies, their immediate family members or members of their households.

Recipient Responsibilities

  • Recipients, upon notification of scholarship award, must provide AncestryProGenealogists a current photograph and short biographical sketch (maximum 100 words) for publicity purposes.
  • To receive an award, recipients must sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability and Publicity Release
  • Recipients are asked, upon completion of the institute, to provide AncestryProGenealogists a description of their institute experience (general information, key learnings, notable experiences, etc.), of 100 to 250 words, for publicity purposes.
  • Any scholarship funds received under this program are not excludable from a recipient’s income. Accordingly, recipients are responsible for reporting and paying all applicable local, state, and/or federal income taxes. Winners will receive a Form 1099 for the applicable prize amount.

2017 AncestryProGenealogists Scholarship Winner

Denyce PeytonCongratulations to Denyce Peyton winner of the AncestryProGenealogists Scholarship for IGHR. She will be taking Course Three: Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis with Judy Russell in July.

Denyce Peyton has engaged in genealogical research since 1994, working as a professional researcher since 2004. She serves a diverse clientele through family research, research plans, analysis and report writing, including a specialty in African American research. Her geographic focus areas include Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and southeastern states, with occasional work in Washington, California, Canada and United Kingdom. She conducts research through on-site visits to respective archives, libraries, historical societies and court houses, and by utilizing online genealogical resources. Denyce is a member of the National Genealogical Society, Association of Professional Genealogists, Ohio Genealogical Society and Kentucky Historical Society.

Denyce is looking forward to attending a course at IGHR for the opportunity to engage in a week of focused learning relative to genealogy methodology and processes, and she views the coursework and experience of learning from and with genealogist peers as a truly valuable opportunity for her to enhance her skills and knowledge. She said, “Attendance at this renowned genealogy institute has been a long-term goal for me.”

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