NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Local History Librarian, Jennifer Daugherty, at the New Hanover County Public Library, has been awarded the Jean Thomason Librarian Scholarship to attend the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR). Begun in 1962, IGHR draws over 200 genealogists together each year for a week of intensive study of genealogical sources and methods. The Institute will meet June 7-12, 2015 at the Samford University Library in Birmingham, Alabama.
Daugherty will take the Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis course at IGHR, and looks forward to expanding her ability to assist and train local genealogists. The Jean Thomason Scholarship will cover the cost of her tuition. Established in 2007, the scholarship is awarded annually to one student, and anyone currently employed in a library may apply.
Jennifer Crowder Daugherty holds a Master of Library Science from Indiana University-Bloomington and a Bachelor’s in English from Eastern Kentucky University. While in graduate school she was chosen for a Fellowship Opportunity at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History Archives. Previously a Local History Librarian at Cumberland County Public Library in Fayetteville, North Carolina, she is now the Special Collections and Local History Librarian at New Hanover County Public Library in Wilmington, North Carolina. She serves as the Vice President of the Old New Hanover Genealogy Society and the Publicity Chair of the North Carolina Genealogy Society. She has presented at state and national conferences. The emerging field of DNA and genealogical studies is of special interest to her.
New Hanover County Public Library supports New Hanover County’s strategic goals for intelligent growth and economic development by offering access to technology, information resources, and special collections relating to regional history and cultural heritage. For more information about these special archival collections please contact Jennifer Daugherty at (910) 798-6305.