Donna Fund

The charitable arm of Connecticut Professional Genealogists Council.

Penny Hartzell presents books to Reference Librarian, Diana Preece, Milford Library, 1 June 2022

The Donna Holt Siemiatkoski Acquisition Fund was established in memory of the first CPGC president. The fund continues as a lasting tribute to Donna’s memory and her work and carries a 501 (c)(3) designation.

Contributions are made to the fund by individual donors and through CPGC fundraising efforts. CPGC conducts Ancestor Road Shows to raise money for the fund.

The fund gives annual awards of genealogy publications to Connecticut genealogical repositories including the Connecticut State Library, Connecticut Historical Society, Godfrey Memorial Library, and multiple local public

Awards given for 2022 were gifts of three books on DNA and Genealogy Standards to twenty-seven libraries in Connecticut. The books gifted were:


Jennifer Zinck presents Books to Mel Smith & Jeannie Sherman of the Connecticut State Library

Advanced Genetic Genealogy: Techniques and Case Studies by Debbie Parker Wayne
The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy by Blaine Bettinger
Genealogy Standards Second Edition Revised by the Board for Certification of Genealogists

Grants Awarded 2003-2022

Connecticut State Library 2003, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018
Connecticut Historical Society 2005, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013
Godfrey Memorial Library 2004
Twenty-seven libraries receive gifts of three books on DNA and Genealogy Standards 2022
Nineteen libraries receive Court Records resource book 2006
Twelve libraries receive Revolutionary War Town Records two-volume book set 2011
Six libraries receive the seven-volume Welles Genealogy 2007

To learn more about Donna and the fund, download the brochure or contact our Donna Fund Chair at

Donate to the Donna Fund