Palmdale Student Awarded Memorial Grant


For Immediate Release

Anthony Ray, a junior majoring in Music at West Coast Bible College in Lancaster, California was introduced Friday night at the 2011 Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree in Burbank as this year’s recipient of the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant.

Anthony received a $500 cash award and full registration to the genealogy conference where he was a first-time attendee. The 2011 Grant is the first awarded by the Memorial Fund founded in 2010 to assist young genealogists seeking to advance their genealogical education. The SCGS Jamboree supported the program by contributing a free registration to the recipient.

The oldest of seven children, Anthony’s interest in family history was sparked in 2003 by stories told at the funeral of his great-grandfather, and the photographs shared by aunts and uncles.

“One photo in particular stands out in my mind,” he notes. “It was a photo of my second great grandfather, Sherman Shoup, who just happened to be a musician, composer, and music teacher; he was exactly what I am studying to become right now.”

Anthony Ray heads the cemetery indexing project of the Antelope Valley Genealogical Society and is a volunteer researcher assisting with Hispanic research at the Palmdale Family History Center. He was a recent speaker at the annual conference of the Old Spanish Trail Association. His family heritage includes Hispanic, English, Scottish, German, and African American roots.

The Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Fund was established to honor Suzanne Freeman’s lifetime of service to young people and to assist young genealogists seeking to advance their genealogical education. She was an enthusiastic attendee of the SCGS Jamboree and at the time of her death in Tucson, Arizona August 28, 2010, was still searching for her elusive Winsor cousins. Donations to the fund may be made through PayPal. For more information, contact Denise Levenick