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Ryan Taylor Scolarship Fund
NEED FUNDS FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES? This may be right for you...

SCHOLARSHIP: Three $500 scholarships are available. These awards will be applied towards courses in the Certificate in Genealogical Studies program offered jointly by the University of Toronto, Faculty of Information Studies, PLC and the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. ( This scholarship will not be awarded in cash.

PREREQUISITE: Applicant must be enrolled or have completed at least one course in the Certificate in Genealogical Studies program.

DEADLINE DATE FOR APPLICATION: Postmarked on or prior to December 31st, current year.

PREVIOUS APPLICATIONS: If you submitted an unsuccessful application in the past, you can re-apply for this scholarship. If you have previously won this scholarship, you may re-apply every three years.

APPLICATION: Part A of your submission can be hand printed. All other parts of your
submission are to be typed using Times New Roman or a similar font, 12 font size, double spaced and printed on only one side of letter-size paper. Your name and contact information must appear on all pages in the top right hand corner. Three copies of your submission are to be mailed to:

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies
ATTN.: Louise St Denis
92 Ashbury Boulevard
Ajax ON L1Z 1N1

Applications will be judged on the content of the submissions and the presentation style (including spelling and grammar). Your submission will NOT be returned.

NOTE: Entries that do not follow the guidelines provided in the application, will not be considered. Applicants cannot appeal the decision. The decision of the judges will be final.

Scholarship Application Form
This link to the Application Form is a pdf document. If you have difficulty opening this document, or you would prefer to have this form sent by mail, please call our office, toll free at 1-800-580-0165.


Faculty Members:
Over the last few years, certain instructors have requested that their author Royalties be added to the Ryan Taylor Scholarship fund. Thank you very much for this action...


Scott Andrew Bartley- West Roxbury, Massachusetts
Arlene Borgstede- St Albert, Alberta
Doris Bourrie- Thornhill, Ontario
Althea Douglas- Ottawa, Ontario
Muryl Andrewjciw Geary- Vancouver, British Columbia
Beverly Whitaker- Kansas City, Missouri

Dear Family, Friends, Library Patrons, Society Directors and Genealogy Supporters:

We thank you very much for your donation in the Ryan Taylor Scholarship Fund. You have helped to not only keep Ryan's memory alive, but you have also helped to continue his desire of teaching individuals proper techniques and unique methods of researching their ancestors.

For all donations $25.00 and over, a tax receipt was issued directly from the University of Toronto. If you have not received your receipt, please do not hesitate to contact us.


The National Institute for Genealogical Studies
Louise St Denis, Managing Director


Allen County Public Library, Employees - Fort Wayne, Indiana
Maureen Anderson - Sudbury, Ontario
Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) Ontario Chapter - Toronto, Ontario
Terry Baker - Orillia, Ontario
Catherine L. Barrette - Nepean, Ontario
Rosalie Beauchamp - Naughton, Ontario
Gloria S. Boudreau - Newmarket, Ontario
British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) - Ottawa, Ontario
Marney M. Cathers - Vancouver, British Columbia
Anne Chapman - Caledonia, Ontario
Morley Chesher - Oshawa, Ontario
Christine Frances Corston - Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Barbara Fox - Oshawa, Ontario
Bessie F. Gannon - Oshawa, Ontario
Judith M. Gauthier - Scarborough, Ontario
Betty Gazdik - Oshawa, Ontario
Carol Germa - Sudbury, Ontario
Sandra Guillaume - Toronto, Ontario
Robert R. Halfyard - St. Catharines, Ontario
Hamilton Civic Hospital's School of Nursing, Class of 1963 - Caledonia, Ontario
Laura M. Hanowski - Regina, Saskatchewan
Leona V. Hauck - Waterloo, Ontario
Susan J. Hoffman - Kitchener,Ontario
Norma M. Huber - Kitchener,Ontario
Patricia J. Hursti - Nepean,Ontario
Paul Jones - Toronto,Ontario
Brenda Dougall Merriman - Toronto,Ontario
Donna Metcalfe - Ottawa,Ontario
Richard Mills - Kitchener, Ontario
Warren E. Mizener - Nepean, Ontario
Ian Montgomery - Ottawa, Ontario
Sharon Murphy,Timelines Genealogical Research - Port Hope, Ontario
Cheryl Nailor - Markham, Ontario
D. Nailor - The Woodlands, Texas
John Nesbitt - Waterloo, Ontario
Jacqueline Norris - Guelph, Ontario
Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS), Provincial - Toronto, Ontario
OGS Halton Peel Branch - Streetsville, Ontario
OGS Hamilton Branch - Hamilton, Ontario
OGS Nipissing District Branch - North Bay, Ontario
OGS Ottawa Branch - Ottawa, Ontario
OGS Waterloo Region Branch - Kitchener, Ontario
OGS Wellington County Branch - Guelph, Ontario
OGS York Region - Richmond Hill, Ontario
June Partridge - Haliburton, Ontario
Gwyneth R. Pearce - Toronto, Ontario
Shirley R. Presland - Port Dover, Ontario
Ronald A. Reynolds - Pembroke, Ontario
Muriel Rogers - Burnaby, British Columbia
Wray Roulston - Toronto, Ontario
Barbara Samson-Willis - Campbellford, Ontario
Shirley Sills - Brantford, Ontario
Jean M. Smart - Lindsay, Ontario
H. Marie Smibert - Etobicoke, Ontario
Leonard G. & Carol Snell - Waterdown, Ontario
Louise St Denis - Toronto, Ontario
Donna E. Stairs - Nepean, Ontario
Laurena Storey - London, Ontario
Douglas Taylor - Ottawa, Ontario
R. Velma Taylor - Ottawa, Ontario
Donald T. Vanstone - Toronto, Ontario
Jane E. Watt - Mississauga, Ontario
Shirley E. Weatherbee - Oakville, Ontario
Susan Webb - Ottawa, Ontario

Ronald Ryan Taylor
DIED: September 25th, 2006
Thanks Ryan for all you have shared over the years. You will be missed...

Ryan Taylor was born in Oshawa, Ontario and educated at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa. He has worked as a librarian since 1972 in Manitoba, Ontario and Indiana. For some time he held a position in the Kitchener Public Library, Kitchener, Ontario. From 1994 to 2006 he was a genealogical librarian at the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

He first became interested in genealogy in 1964 and worked on a series of family histories, both his own and other peoples'.

He has written extensively on genealogical and historical topics. Since 1993 he has written the "Tracing Your Roots" feature in The Record (Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario) and has an on-line column. He was the founding editor of the newsletter of the Canadian Federation of Genealogical and Family History Societies (1988-90) and a regular columnist in Kitchener Downtown Alive. Since 1982, he has been active in the Ontario Genealogical Society, serving as chairman of Waterloo-Wellington branch 1984-85 and as editor of its newsletter. He became reviews editor of Families, the OGS journal in 1984 and was its overall editor, 1988-1997.

In 1981 he founded the oral history programme of the Kitchener library. In its first decade, the program recorded the memories of more than 600 Waterloo County individuals on 900 cassettes. He broadcasted "Bookmark", a review programme, on CFCA-FM in Kitchener from 1983 to 1992, and was co-host of "Branching Out", a genealogical phone-in television show in Fort Wayne, 1997-1999.

He was the English family history instructor at the British Institute of the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History in Salt Lake City in 2001 and at the Research Academy in Salt Lake City for the National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

He lectured extensively on genealogical and historical topics, particularly British and Ontario research and methodology. As well as accepting speaking engagements in Canada from St. Johnís to Campbell River, he has spoken at American national conferences and in several states. In his spare time, Taylor was interested in reading fiction and biography, listening to vocal music, and enjoying the obituaries in the London Times.


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