APG 2015 Election Results

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Association of Professional Genealogists Elects Billie Stone Fogarty President

Executive Committee, Board Members, and Nominating Committee Elected for the Next Term

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 6 November 2015 – Today the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) announced election results for its 2016-17 executive committee, as well as for nine board members, and two nominating committee members. Billie Fogarty, M.Ed., of Oklahoma City was elected president. An APG Life Member, Fogarty has served in many different capacities within the organization. She recently completed her fourth year as president of the Genealogical Speakers Guild. A frequent speaker at national conferences, she is also active on the regional, state, and local levels in advancing genealogical research and open records access as a state liaison for the Records Preservation and Access Committee. She has worked diligently for the Oklahoma Genealogical Society, with seven terms as president.

“What an exciting time to be a professional genealogist!” said Billie Fogarty, APG President Elect. “Our chosen field continues to make significant strides with APG standing strong beside us. The talent of the elected board members plus the dedication of members working at all levels in the chapters and committees will ensure that we make positive contributions to the goal of promoting the highest ethical standards for genealogy.”

Fogarty will succeed Kimberly T. Powell of Oakdale, Pennsylvania, who will continue on the board as APG Past President.

“We thank Kimberly for her service,” said Kathleen W. Hinckley, CG, APG Executive Director. “Among her many contributions to the organization, Kimberly was instrumental in developing the APG webinar series, a successful educational program that showcases our members and furthers genealogical learning. She passes the baton to Billie Fogarty, a proven leader in the field and longtime advocate for APG. I look forward to working with her, the new executive committee, and the new board.”

APG Executive Committee
Catherine Desmarais, CG, of Vermont, was elected for a second term as APG Vice President. She is a professional genealogist and works on U.S. Army military repatriation cases. She serves on the board of the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy and is a co-founder of the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research.

Amy E. K. Arner, of Pennsylvania, will serve as APG Secretary. Arner specializes in Western Pennsylvania research and editing genealogical works. A current board member, she was previously president of the Great Lakes Chapter of APG. In 2015, she received APG’s Grahame T. Smallwood Jr. Award of Merit. She serves as chair of APG’s Publications Advisory Committee and proofreads the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly.

Sandra Hildreth Ball, CPA, of Utah, was elected as APG Treasurer. She holds a Masters in Accountancy and spent most of her career in financial services at a large nonprofit. She also has served as treasurer for her local Red Cross, the Community Services Council, and more. A longtime genealogist, she has published three books and a journal article in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register.

APG members elected the following board members for two-year terms:
Region 1 West: Barbara Ball, CG, of Arizona, is a professional genealogist with a background in GIS (geographic information systems) analysis. She would like to serve as an advocate for the genealogists in areas where access to large archives is difficult and research opportunities scarce.

Region 2 Midwest: Cari Taplin, CG, of Texas, is a past president of the Boulder Genealogical Society and has also served as on board or committee positions with the Austin Genealogical Society, Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies, and the Federation of Genealogical Societies. She has had articles published in the Boulder Genealogical Society Quarterly, Digital Genealogist, and the NGS Magazine.

Region 3 Southeast: Clarise (Fleck) Soper, CG, of Mississippi, specializes in Mississippi and Alabama genealogy and is the corresponding secretary for the Mississippi Genealogical Society. She, with others in 2012, founded the Jasper County (Mississippi) Genealogical and Historical Society and served as its first president. She is also a volunteer coordinator for the ProGen Study Group Program.

Region 4 Northeast: Vicki Wright, J.D., of New York, is a genealogist and family historian who grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota. She holds a Certificate in Genealogical Research from the Boston University Center for Professional Education. She is an alumna of ProGen Study Group 11 and is a member of several societies, including the Minisink Valley Historical Society, the Orange County (New York) Genealogical Society, and the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society.

Region 5 Canada: Christine Woodcock, of Ontario, is the Scottish-born, Canadian-raised owner of Genealogy Tours of Scotland. She blogs, lectures, edits several newsletters, and is a past editor of British Connections. She chairs the Scottish Special Interest Group of the Ontario Genealogical Society and is responsible for planning the annual Symposium on Scottish Genealogy as well as a webinar series promoting the skills of experts in Scottish research.

Region 6 Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales: Fiona Fitzsimons is a genealogist and a director for Eneclann, a Trinity College Campus company, and findmypast Ireland. She was invited by the White House to present to First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters the Irish roots of President Barack Obama. Her research credits include more than 20 television episodes, including Who Do You Think You Are? and PBS’s Faces of America and Finding Our Roots. Her goal for APG is to promote the study of Irish family history worldwide.

Region 7 International: Benjamin Hollister of Australia specializes in German research, as well as specialist services such as digital photo restoration and collection management. He has a background in training and corporate management and has served on the board of the South Australian Genealogy and Heraldry Society. Committed to ongoing professional development, Benjamin has completed several graduate certificates in leadership, management, and applied history and heritage studies.

APG members elected three at-large board members:
Sharon Atkins of Arizona is a genealogist with a background in marketing and sales. She is a cofounder of GenBiz Solutions and the author of several books and guides on genealogy and other topics. She is immediate past president of the Arizona Council of Professional Genealogists.

Valerie Elkins of Utah manages a successful genealogy research company and serves as an International Research Specialist for the Family History Library. For the Utah Genealogical Association, she has served on the board of directors, as publicity chair, and on the executive board. For APG, she has a particular interest in encouraging more involvement and representation for more countries, ethnic groups, and cultures.

Eric Stroschein of Washington runs a genealogical research firm with his wife, Karen Stroschein, and is a 26-year veteran of the Seattle Fire Department. Eric is the current chair of APG’s Advocacy Committee. He serves as an APG representative on the Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC) for the Federation of Genealogical Societies and is also a state representative for the RPAC. He is past-president of the Puget Sound Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Elected to one-year terms on the nominations committee are: J. H. (Jay) Fonkert, CG, of Minnesota, a professional genealogist and lecturer who has served on the APG board since 2010, and Darcie M. Hind Posz, CG, of the District of Columbia, a professional genealogist and writer who serves as president of the National Capital Area Chapter of APG.

“Congratulations to our new and returning board members,” said APG President, Kimberly T. Powell. “It has been an honor to serve the members of APG, and to work with such an outstanding, passionate group of board members. Please join me in thanking Kathy Hinckley, my fellow executive committee members, and our retiring board members, for the time and talent they have gifted to all of us in the genealogy community. I’m proud of what the board has and continues to accomplish, and look forward to APG’s continued commitment to increasing public awareness of and trust in professional genealogists, and advancing the genealogical profession. I’m excited to see where the new board takes us under Billie’s leadership.”

Retiring from the board:

  • Kenyatta D. Berry
  • J. H. (Jay) Fonkert, CG
  • Michael Goldstein
  • Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, CG
  • Valerie Eichler Lair
  • Joan Peake
  • Darcie M. Hind Posz, CG
  • Janice Prater
  • Tina Sansone
  • Louise St Denis

About the Association of Professional Genealogists
The Association of Professional Genealogists (www.apgen.org), established in 1979, represents more than 2,700 genealogists, librarians, writers, editors, historians, instructors, booksellers, publishers, and others involved in genealogy-related businesses. APG encourages genealogical excellence, ethical practice, mentoring and education. The organization also supports the preservation and accessibility of records useful to the fields of genealogy and history. Its members represent all fifty states, Canada, and thirty other countries. APG is active on LinkedIn, Twitter (www.twitter.com/apggenealogy), and Facebook (www.facebook.com/AssociationofProfessionalGenealogists).

PMC 2016 – Call for Speakers – Deadline 13 September 2015

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The Association of Professional Genealogists will hold the 18th annual APG Professional Management Conference on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 22–24 September 2016, at the Allen County Public Library in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

CALL FOR SPEAKERS
APG is now accepting presentation and workshop proposals for the 2016 APG Professional Management Conference. PMC classes and workshops should challenge professional genealogists to increase their genealogical research skills, evaluate their current business, and meet the demands of the twenty-first-century client. Classes will be one (1) hour in length; workshops two (2) hours.

Topics of Interest
Proposals should focus on topics relevant to experienced and/or transitional professional genealogists, but they do not need to be specifically genealogical. Ideas to consider include, but are not limited to:

– Advanced genealogical-research skills or methodology
– Business skills and technology
– Speaker or lecturer training
– Genealogical writing and publishing
– Client relationships and communication
– Certification/Accreditation
– Organization and/or time management
– Marketing and branding strategies
– Career paths and/or creative use of traditional skills

Successful proposals will offer innovative, unique, and out-of-the box approaches to topics and to presentation/teaching methods. Classes which feature case studies/practical examples, or which offer hands-on learning, are encouraged as they offer powerful learning opportunities for attendees.

Attendee Demographics
The overwhelming majority of PMC attendees have been involved with genealogy for more than 10 years. Nearly a quarter hold advanced college degrees. Almost all attendees offer genealogical-research services for clients, and a majority are also speakers/lecturers and writers/authors. Many hold or have held leadership positions in local and national societies and/or APG.

Successful proposals will recognize attendees’ professionalism and accomplishments and seek to take their skills to the next level.

Submission Details
Classes and workshops must be new and original; not to be presented prior to the 2016 PMC other than at the local level. Individuals submitting multiple proposals will be considered to teach multiple classes. Proposals from non-APG members will also be considered.

Submit proposals via e-mail to admin@apgen.org in PDF format. Proposals are due by Sunday, 13 September 2015, and should include the following information:

– Name, address, telephone, and e-mail address of speaker
– Title of the class or workshop
– Summary of the class or workshop (less than 100 words)
– Detailed description of the class or workshop (not to exceed 1,000 words)
– Explanation of how the class or workshop meets demands faced by professional genealogists (roughly 50–75 words)
– Speaker biography highlighting speaker’s qualifications or expertise in proposed topic (approx. 100 words)
– List of presentations given in the last 18 months, including topic and location
– Whether you would be willing for your presentation to be recorded and broadcast for the Virtual PMC

Speaker Compensation
Selected speakers will receive a complimentary PMC registration, PMC syllabus, lunch, and a $400 all-inclusive honorarium for a one-hour class presentation or a $650 all-inclusive honorarium for a two-hour workshop presentation. Royalty payments for syllabus sales and recordings of the streamed sessions following the conclusion of the PMC will be in addition, if relevant, and will be spelled out up-front in the contract. Keynote speakers, should one or more be chosen, will receive a $550 all-inclusive honorarium. All non-workshop proposals will be considered for keynote spots. APG does not pay separate travel expenses or hotel costs.

Association of Professional Genealogists Announces Membership Discounts

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Support for Younger and Retiring Generations of Professional Genealogists

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 15 April, 2015 − The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) today announced membership discounts for younger and retiring professionals. Individuals under the age of 30 are eligible for a 50 percent discount on the yearly membership price. Those over the age of 74, who have been a member for at least 20 years, may also receive the 50 percent discount.

“We want to keep APG membership accessible, while continuing to increase the value we bring to our members,” said APG President Kimberly T. Powell. “This discount will support young professionals just coming into the field, as well as our loyal, long-time members who have given so much to our community.”

Membership Information
Membership in APG includes a subscription to the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly journal, eligibility for chapter membership, a free directory listing, voting rights, and a discount to the annual Professional Management Conference. For more information:
https://www.apgen.org/catalog/memberships.html .

About the Association of Professional Genealogists
The Association of Professional Genealogists (www.apgen.org), established in 1979, represents more than 2,800 genealogists, librarians, writers, editors, historians, instructors, booksellers, publishers and others involved in genealogy-related businesses. APG encourages genealogical excellence, ethical practice, mentoring and education. The organization also supports the preservation and accessibility of records useful to the fields of genealogy and history. Its members represent all fifty states, Canada and thirty other countries. APG is active on LinkedIn, Twitter (www.twitter.com/apggenealogy), Facebook, and Google+.

Association of Professional Genealogists Announces Election Results

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Ten Board Members and Two Nominating Committee Members Join to Support World’s Largest Professional Organization for Genealogy

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 12 November 2014 — Today, the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) unveiled the results of its election of new board members and two nominating committee members. APG membership elected 10 at-large representative board members for two-year terms, 2015–2016. Two nominating committee members were chosen for the 2015 term. The newly-elected board members include:

Ruy Cardoso, CG, (Massachusetts) is a professional genealogist specializing in New England and Portuguese research. He brings to the board 30 years of experience as an actuary and 20 years in genealogy. He is active in the New England APG Chapter and is the founder of a long running local genealogy club.

Luana Darby (Utah) is a professional genealogist, author, and speaker with more than 25 years of experience in U.S., Canadian, and German records. She serves as APG’s conference booth and has held executive-level positions at the Utah Genealogical Association and other groups.

Bruce Durie, PhD (Scotland) was reelected to the APG Board. He is considered one of Scotland’s top genealogists. He started and directed the Genealogical Studies Programme at the University of Strathclyde and is now a fellow there. He has authored 30 books on family and local history and is known for his BBC Radio series, “Digging up Your Roots,” now in its 8th season.

Billie Stone Fogarty, (Oklahoma), a professional genealogist, was reelected to the APG Board. She is a frequent speaker and lecturer at national conferences and has served as president of the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the Oklahoma Genealogical Society.

Jan Gow, QSM, FSG (New Zealand) was reelected to the APG Board. She is a longtime member of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists, having served in many offices and capacities. She has been honored with several awards, including the Australasian Federation of Family History Societies award for meritorious service to Family History and the Queen’s Service Medal. She was elected a Fellow of the Society of Genealogists in London in 2012.

Diane Gravel, CG, (New Hampshire) a professional genealogist and lecturer, was reelected to the APG Board. She has been very active in APG, serving on the board, several committees, and as a past president of the New England Chapter of APG. She is Vice President of the New Hampshire Society of Genealogists and is on the faculty of the 2015 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.

Kathryn Lake Hogan (Ontario, Canada) is a professional genealogist, speaker, and author specializing in Canadian research. She has written 15 research guides and authored Digging Your Canadian Roots. She is a graduate of the National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

Yvette Hoitink, (Netherlands) is a professional genealogist and speaker specializing in the Netherlands, and authors the popular blog Dutch Genealogy. In addition to client work, she leverages her background in computers and information technology to provide consulting services for archives and other organizations in the heritage sector.

Deborah Hooper, CG, (Delaware), a professional genealogist, was reelected to the APG Board. She completed the Boston University Genealogical Research Program and was the 2011 Walter Lee Sheppard Jr. prize winner, an award presented to exceptional students in the Advanced Methodology track at Samford University’s Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research.

Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG, FUGA (North Carolina) was reelected to the APG Board. Craig is a well-known genealogy educator, author of 13 books and numerous articles, and is owner of Heritage Books, Inc. A Grahame T. Smallwood Award recipient, Craig has been active in APG since he joined, holding office and serving on the APG Board and on numerous committees. He played an instrumental role in the formation of the Virtual APG chapter in Second Life and is helping to develop the APG Writer’s group.

Nominations Committee: Harold Henderson, CG, (Indiana) is a professional genealogist and writer who has authored numerous books and articles. He has served two terms on the APG board and chairs the APGQ Advisory Committee. He wites the Midwest Microhistory blog. Melanie D. Holtz, CG, (North Carolina) is a full-time professional genealogist and co-administrator of the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research. She has served APG in many capacities and currently works on the APG Professional Development Committee.

“We congratulate and welcome our new and returning board members,” said APG President, Kimberly T. Powell. “We look forward to their passion, expertise and contributions as we continue to grow the organization. We also thank the nominations committee for putting together such a strong slate, and our retiring board members for their service.”

About the Association of Professional Genealogists
The Association of Professional Genealogists (www.apgen.org), established in 1979, represents more than 2,700 genealogists, librarians, writers, editors, historians, instructors, booksellers, publishers and others involved in genealogy-related businesses. APG encourages genealogical excellence, ethical practice, mentoring and education. The organization also supports the preservation and accessibility of records useful to the fields of genealogy and history. Its members represent all fifty states, Canada and thirty other countries. APG is active on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

APG Now Accepting Applications for APG Young Professional Scholarship

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Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) Now Accepting Applications for APG Young Professional Scholarship

APG to Honor Student and/or Young Professional with Strong Interest in Developing a Career in Genealogy

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 27 October 2014—The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) is now accepting applications for the APG Young Professional Scholarship. Requirements have been revised to reflect current economic and educational trends and to be more inclusive of young parents, military personnel, home school candidates, students, and those currently employed between the ages of 18-29. The scholarship goes to a student and/or young professional who aspires to a professional career in genealogy. The scholarship includes a registration for the APG Professional Management Conference (PMC) and a stipend of up to $1,000 to defray costs of travel and lodging at the conference. The winner will be announced in January 2015 for attendance at the APG PMC 2016, date and place to be announced at a later date.

“It is exciting to see so many young people involved in genealogy, and we are thrilled to be able to support an up-and-coming professional genealogist with this scholarship,” said Kimberly T. Powell, APG President. “Our APG Professional Management Conference offers a unique opportunity to learn more about the business of genealogy and explore advanced genealogical topics, while networking with other professionals. We look forward to receiving many applications.”

APG Youth Scholarship Eligibility and Application Details
Eligible applicants are between the ages of 18 and 29 as of 1 January of 2015. This is open to a student, young professional, young parents, military personnel, home school, and currently employed individuals. You may apply for yourself, or on behalf of a worthy candidate.

Applications should contain the following: name; address; main contact phone number; email address; school name and/or school address (if applicable); list of extracurricular activities (including student organizations and volunteer activities); a general letter of recommendation; a letter of recommendation from an individual who has witnessed the applicant’s interest in genealogy; and short answers (500 to 750 words) to two questions. The questions are:

1) Discuss a specific record collection, media, digital source or other resource that has significantly changed your perspective about family history or research strategy along with the pros and cons of that record source, and how you used it to resolve a genealogical problem.

2) What do you envision a genealogical career will encompass in the next five years and how do you see yourself involved then?

See the blog posting at www.apgen.org for the application. Applications should be submitted to the APG office by 23 November 2014. Send applications to APG Executive Director Kathleen W. Hinckley, CG, at admin@apgen.org.

Virtual PMC 2015 Registration Now Open

The following is from APG:

Registration is now open for the 2015 Virtual Professional Management Conference at https://virtualpmc2015.eventbrite.com.

The largest Virtual PMC to date offers TWO full days — that’s 9 total sessions — of PMC’s must-have instruction streamed live to your computer or mobile device. Choose from the full Virtual PMC line up, one-day only, or individual sessions. All registrations include 3-month’s access to recordings of the same sessions!

THE VIRTUAL PMC LINE UP

Thursday, 8 January 2015

  • 10:45-11:45am MST — Taxes and the Professional Genealogist, James M. Beidler
  • 1:15-2:15pm MST — Finding the Law, Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL
  • 3:00-4:00pm MST — Mind Maps for Genealogy, Ron Arons, MBA
  • 4:15-5:15pm MST– DNA and Genealogical Proof, Angie Bush, MS

Friday, 9 January 2015

  • 8:15-9:15am MST — Get Paid for Your Passion: Setting Fees, Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL
  • 9:30-10:30am MST — Finding Your Niche: Matching Passion, Professionalism & Pecuniary Interest, James M. Beidler
  • 10:45-11:45am MST — How to Have Difficult Conversations with Clients and Colleagues, Christina Grover
  • 1:15-2:15pm MST — Time Management: Successfully Balancing the Demands of Our Many “Clients,” Angela Packer McGhie
  • 3:00-5:15pm MST — Genealogy Professionals Needed: Help Adoptees Discover their Genealogical Roots with DNA (workshop), CeCe Moore

Visit www.apgen.org/conferences/classes.html for class descriptions and speaker bios.

Register now for Virtual PMC 2015 at https://virtualpmc2015.eventbrite.com

REGISTRATION BUNDLES
Create a Virtual PMC package to meet your development needs! Choose from full-conference or single-day options or select only the individual sessions that you want to view. You will receive access to the live streaming of the sessions you register for as well as 3-months’ access to recordings of those same session. (Recordings will be available online beginning 5 February 2015.)

The Virtual PMC 2015 registration packages are:

Full VPMC — Thursday and Friday
Gives you access to all 9 Virtual PMC classes streamed live on Thursday 8 January 2015 and Friday 9 January 2015, a downloadable PDF of the full conference syllabus, and 3 months of access to recordings of all 9 sessions.

Thursday Only
Get access to the 4 Virtual PMC classes streamed live on Thursday 8 January 2015, a downloadable PDF of the full conference syllabus, and 3 months of access to recordings of all 4 sessions.

Friday Only
Access to the 5 Virtual PMC classes streamed live on Friday 9 January 2015, a downloadable PDF of the full conference syllabus, and 3 months of access to recordings of all 5 sessions.

DNA Bundle
Gives you access to Angie Bush’s “DNA and Genealogical Proof” on Thursday, January 8, and CeCe Moore’s “Genealogy Professionals Needed: Help Adoptees Discover Their Genealogical Roots with DNA” workshop on Friday, January 9, syllabus materials for both presentations, and 3 months of access to the recordings of the 2 sessions.

Live Streaming of Individual Sessions
Receive access to the live stream of a specific individual session, syllabus materials for the individual session, and 3 months of access to the recording of the individual session.

PMC Digital Syllabus
You can also purchase a downloadable version of the PMC 2015 Syllabus. The syllabus is available only with a purchase of a VPMC session or bundle. Some VPMC registrations include a full digital syllabus, see descriptions above. Please note that download is not immediate, a link will be sent to you via email.

Register for Virtual PMC today at https://virtualpmc2015.eventbrite.com.

Virtual PMC registration is a benefit of APG membership and is open only to members of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Virtual PMC registration closes 6 January 2015.

Click here to learn more about APG membership and to apply online. I’ve been a member for over 30 years, and recommend it to my readers.

APG Offers Limited-Time Discount on New Membership & PMC Registration

The following news release is from APG:

Unique, Professionally-Focused Educational and Networking Opportunity for Those Interested in Genealogy; Savings for New Registrations Runs One Week Only

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 22 October 2014 −The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) today announced a discounted, limited-time bundle that includes 1-year membership in APG and registration to APG’s Professional Management Conference (PMC) being held in January 2015. This week only—Wednesday 22 October to Wednesday, 29 October 2014—registrants can receive a new APG membership plus full-conference registration for PMC for $245, which is $20 off the cost if purchased separately.

Themed “Professional-Grade Genealogy,” the conference will be held 8–9 January 2015 at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. Register for this special bundle at www.apgen.org/conferences/special.html.

“Membership in the Association of Professional Genealogists is key to the educational and networking needs of professional genealogists,” said APG President Kimberly Powell. “APG’s Professional Management Conference pairs advanced lectures with unique networking opportunities, appealing to the needs of professionals of all skill levels. If you’re new to professional genealogy or know someone interested in APG membership, this week’s offer makes now an excellent time to join.”

PMC 2015 – A Must-Attend Event

The 2015 PMC is the only genealogical conference focused on providing professional genealogists with opportunities for networking, advanced education, and professional and business development:

Keynote by Tim Sullivan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ancestry.com, who brings a unique perspective on business, genealogy, and the professional genealogists’ vital role in the industry. Ancestry ProGenealogists is a Diamond-Level PMC sponsor.

15 breakout sessions offer training on key topics for professional genealogists: DNA, time management, genealogical standards, citation writing, having difficult conversations, setting fees, adoption research, and professional writing and speaking.

Lunch with FamilySearch’s Chief Genealogical Officer, David Rencher, AG, CG. PMC Diamond-Level sponsor FamilySearch is supplementing the cost of lunch on Thursday, 8 January — making this plated lunch just $10 per person! Seats are limited and open only to PMC registrants.

New in 2015, PMC Poster Sessions offer one-of-a-kind networking opportunities by providing PMC attendees with an informal, interactive opportunity to showcase research, share work, and exchange ideas.

Complimentary attendee-benefits from PMC Platinum-Level sponsors: One-year subscription to online data-backup service BackBlaze (value $50). Registration to online course “Business Skills: Business Administration” from The National Institute for Genealogical Studies ($89 value).

The annual APG member meeting and the complimentary APG reception.

And MUCH more!

Register today for PMC 2015 and a 1-year APG membership at www.apgen.org/conferences/special.html. The website also includes full conference details, class descriptions, speaker bios and more.

The new-member-and-PMC-registration offer will run from 22—29 October 2014 and applies only to applicants who are not currently members of APG (and/or have not been for the past two years). Applicants must sign up for APG membership and a full PMC registration to receive the discount.

Breakout Sessions Will Include:

  • Thomas Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS—You’ve Got Options: Many Ways to Cite Right (3-hour workshop)
  • Angie Bush, MS—DNA and Genealogical Proof
  • CeCe Moore—Genealogy Professionals Needed: How Adoptees Discover their Genealogical Roots (2-hour workshop)
  • Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL—Finding the Law
  • Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL—(1) Measuring Yourself against Standards: A Practical Guide for Improving Your Skills (2-hour workshop) and (2) Get Paid for Your Passion: Setting Fees
  • Angela Packer McGhie—Time Management: Successfully Balancing the Demands of Our Many “Clients”
  • Kimberly Powell—Organizing Your Research and Writing with Scrivener
  • James M. Beidler—(1) Finding Your Niche: Matching Passion, Professionalism, and Pecuniary Interest and (2) Taxes and the Professional Genealogist
  • Anastasia Harman—Professional Writing Foundations: 5 Ways to Improve Your Writing Today (2-hour workshop)
  • Ron Arons, MBA—Mind Maps for Genealogy
  • Thomas MacEntee—Self-Publishing for Genealogists
  • Billie Stone Fogarty, MEd—So You Want to be a Genealogical Speaker
  • Christina Grover—How to Have Difficult Conversations with Clients and Colleagues

About the Association of Professional Genealogists
The Association of Professional Genealogists (www.apgen.org), established in 1979, represents more than 2,700 genealogists, librarians, writers, editors, historians, instructors, booksellers, publishers and others involved in genealogy-related businesses. APG encourages genealogical excellence, ethical practice, mentoring and education. The organization also supports the preservation and accessibility of records useful to the fields of genealogy and history. Its members represent all fifty states, Canada and thirty other countries. APG is active on LinkedIn, Twitter (www.twitter.com/apggenealogy) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/AssociationofProfessionalGenealogists).

Upcoming FREE Live APG Webinars – Aug. 23 & Sept. 16

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The following was received from the APG Professional Development Committee:

Mark your calendars! Don’t miss the following upcoming APG webinars brought to you by the APG Professional Development Committee. Register soon to reserve your spot. The first webinar is scheduled for this coming Saturday. You can also stay on top of upcoming APG professional development webinars and discussion groups on our website — they are listed on the main Members Only page as soon as you log in.

Careers in Genealogy: Lineage Specialist
Saturday, 23 August 2014 11:00 AM Eastern
Lineage and hereditary societies are a great motivator and a backbone of the family history community. This lecture will focus on supplementing income by properly preparing lineage applications for clients and on the experience of working for a lineage society.
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/348821849

One Size Doesn’t Fit All: How to Survive and Thrive as a Genealogy Professional
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 9:00 PM Eastern
When it comes to the genealogy professional, one size does not always fit all. This webinar will provide an overview of the many ways you can earn a living as a genealogy professional—as a writer, speaker, educator, and researcher—and have fun doing it. Tips for finding assignments/contracts, building skills and professional relationships, and diversifying your income stream will also be provided.
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/852890217

These webinars are free for both APG members and non-members to attend live, so please share on relevant mailing lists, with colleagues, on social media, etc. We want people to have a chance to experience what APG has to offer!

Webinars are also recorded, and the recordings made available to APG members on the Members Only section of our website for any member who is unable to attend the live session or just wants to review the material again. If you have any questions, or would like to suggest a topic and/or speaker you would like to see for future webinars, please feel free to email me anytime — Kimberly Powell (president@apgen.org)

APG Professional Development Committee
Melanie Holtz (Chair), Sheri Fenley, Jean Wilcox Hibben, Kimberly Powell and Craig Scott

Registration Now Open for 2015 APG’s Professional Management Conference

The following is from APG:

DNA, Genealogical Standards, Setting Fees, and Adoption Research among 16 Sessions Offered over 2 Full Days

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 30 July 2014 −The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) today opened registration and announced the theme and speakers for its 2015 APG Professional Management Conference (PMC). The theme for the event, now in its 18th year, is “Professional-Grade Genealogy.” Thirteen speakers from a variety of backgrounds will cover key topics for professional genealogists, including DNA, time-management, genealogical standards, citation writing, having difficult conversations, setting fees, adoption research, and professional writing and speaking. PMC is the only genealogical conference focused on instruction for the professional genealogist, providing opportunities for networking as well as professional and business development. The event will be held the 8-9 January 2015 at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah.

“As genealogy continues to grow as a profession, so must educational opportunities designed for the professional,” said APG President Kimberly Powell. “To accommodate the need for professional education and offer the networking opportunities our attendees enjoy, we have expanded APG’s Professional Management Conference program to two full days. We are also offering some new aspects to the event to engage and involve attendees.”

What’s New at APG’s PMC 2015
This year’s event includes 16 sessions held over two full days, including four workshops and many topics that offer practical advice for business owners. Also new this year will be PMC Poster Sessions, unique networking opportunities providing professional genealogists with an informal, interactive opportunity to showcase research, share work, and exchange ideas. See www.apgen.org/conferences for deadlines and instructions on submitting proposals for a Poster Session.

Register Now for APG’s PMC 2015
Attendance at PMC is open to APG members and to non-members. Attendees may choose to attend the full conference or a single day. Early-bird pricing ends 15 October 2014. Details on pricing and the conference sessions are available at www.apgen.org/conferences. Registration for virtual access to select sessions (Virtual PMC) will open later this year.

Speakers and Topics Will Include:

Thomas Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS—Three-part Workshop: You’ve Got Options: Many Ways to Cite Right

Angie Bush, MS—DNA and Genealogical Proof

CeCe Moore—Workshop: Genealogy Professionals Needed: How Adoptees Discover their Genealogical Roots

Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL—Finding the Law

Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL—(1) Workshop: Measuring Yourself against Standards: A Practical Guide for Improving Your Skills (2) Get Paid for Your Passion: Setting Fees

Angela Packer McGhie—Time Management: Successfully Balancing the Demands of Our Many “Clients”

Kimberly Powell—Organizing Your Research and Writing with Scrivener

James M. Beidler—(1) Finding Your Niche: Matching Passion, Professionalism, and Pecuniary Interest

(2) Taxes and the Professional Genealogist

Anastasia Harman—Workshop: Professional Writing Foundations: 5 Ways to Improve Your Writing Today

Ron Arons, MBA—Mind Maps for Genealogy

Thomas MacEntee—Self-Publishing for Genealogists

Billie Stone Fogarty, MEd—So You Want to be a Genealogical Speaker

Christina Grover—How to Have Difficult conversations with Clients and Colleagues

A Week of Genealogy

APG’s PMC kicks off more than a week of genealogical activities in Salt Lake City. Beginning after PMC, genealogists can enjoy Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), also held at the Hilton Hotel SLIG features week-long, in-depth instruction on more than 10 genealogical subjects. More details available at www.SLIG.ugagenealogy.org.

About the Association of Professional Genealogists
The Association of Professional Genealogists (www.apgen.org), established in 1979, represents more than 2,700 genealogists, librarians, writers, editors, historians, instructors, booksellers, publishers and others involved in genealogy-related businesses. APG encourages genealogical excellence, ethical practice, mentoring and education. The organization also supports the preservation and accessibility of records useful to the fields of genealogy and history. Its members represent all fifty states, Canada and thirty other countries. APG is active on LinkedIn, Twitter (www.twitter.com/apggenealogy) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/AssociationofProfessionalGenealogists).

Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) Now Accepting Applications for APG Young Professional Scholarship

The following is from APG:

APG to Honor Student and/or Young Professional with Strong Interest in Developing a Career in Genealogy

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 23 June 2014—The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) is now accepting applications for the APG Young Professional Scholarship. Requirements have been revised to reflect current economic and educational trends and to be more inclusive of young parents, military personnel, home school candidates, students, and those currently employed between the ages of 18-29. The scholarship goes to a student and/or young professional who aspires to a professional career in genealogy. The scholarship includes a registration for the APG Professional Management Conference (PMC) and a stipend of up to $1,000 to defray costs of travel and lodging at the conference. The winner will be announced in August 2014 for attendance at the APG PMC 2015, which will take place in Salt Lake City on 8–9 January 2015.

“It is exciting to see so many young people involved in genealogy, and we are thrilled to be able to support an up-and-coming professional genealogist with this scholarship,” said Kimberly T. Powell, APG President. “Our APG Professional Management Conference offers a unique opportunity to learn more about the business of genealogy and explore advanced genealogical topics, while networking with other professionals. We look forward to receiving many applications.”

APG Youth Scholarship Eligibility and Application Details

Eligible applicants are between the ages of 18 and 29 as of 1 January of 2014. This is open to a student, young professional, young parents, military personnel, home school, and currently employed individuals. You may apply for yourself, or on behalf of a worthy candidate.
Applications should contain the following: name; address; main contact phone number; email address; school name and/or school address (if applicable); list of extracurricular activities (including student organizations and volunteer activities); a general letter of recommendation; a letter of recommendation from an individual who has witnessed the applicant’s interest in genealogy; and short answers (500 to 750 words) to two questions. The questions are:

1) Discuss a specific record collection, media, digital source or other resource that has significantly changed your perspective about family history or research strategy along with the pros and cons of that record source, and how you used it to resolve a genealogical problem.

2) What do you envision a genealogical career will encompass in the next five years and how do you see yourself involved then?

See the blog posting at www.apgen.org for the application. Applications should be submitted to the APG office by 22 July 2014. Send applications to APG Executive Director Kathleen W. Hinckley, CG, at admin@apgen.org.

Upcoming APG Webinars & New “Careers” Series!

The following is from the Association of Professional Genealogists. Note that the live-streaming webinars are FREE to anyone.:

Mark your calendars! APG has the following webinars and speakers planned for April and May, brought to you by the APG Professional Development Committee. Register soon to reserve your spot. The first webinar is this Thursday!

Careers in Genealogy: House Historian
Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Marian Pierre-Louis
Have you ever considered expanding your services by including House History research? It can be a great way to supplement your business. You might even discover you want to focus on house histories exclusively. In this talk we’ll cover the similarities and differences of house history research to genealogy. We’ll explore the educational background needed and the main records groups used. Finally, we’ll have a discussion of the many different types of clients and products that can be the source of your revenue. Come discover if house history research is in your future!
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/511679153

Careers in Genealogy: Forensic Genealogist
Monday, May 19, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Michael S. Ramage, J.D., CG
Are you curious about the fast-growing field of forensic genealogy? Forensic genealogist Michael S. Ramage, J.D., CG, will share what led him to specialize in the field of forensic genealogy, and review some of the different types of work which require the expertise of a forensic genealogist. The webinar will also review some of the items individuals need to consider before offering forensic services, including experience, education, credentials, skill sets, and marketing.
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/776089056

Where Genealogists Go Wrong on the Internet
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter Marian Pierre-Louis
There are some common mistakes that many genealogists make when developing on online presence whether through email, social media, a blog or their website. From lack of consistency in building a brand to using the wrong image size, Marian Pierre-Louis will help get you back on track. If you would like to have your online presence evaluated (and used in the presentation) send Marian an email. APG members can also submit specific questions on this topic to Marian in advance at rambles@fieldstonehistoricresearch.com.
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/722814729

These webinars are available and free for APG members and non-members to attend live. Webinars are also recorded, and the recordings made available to APG members on the Members Only section of our website for any member who is unable to attend the live session or just wants to review the material again. If you have any questions, or would like to suggest a topic and/or speaker you would like to see for future webinars, please feel free to email me anytime — Kimberly Powell (president@apgen.org)

Association of Professional Genealogists Names Kimberly T. Powell President

The following was received from APG:
APG
Executive Committee, Board Members, and Nominating Committee Elected for the Next Term

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 27 November 2013 − Today the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) announced election results for its 2014–2015 executive committee, as well as for nine board members, and two nominating committee members. Kimberly T. Powell of Oakdale, Penn. was elected president. Powell has been the genealogy expert for About.com since 2000 and is the author of several genealogy books. She is the chair of APG’s Professional Development Committee and currently serves as APG vice president. She will succeed Kenyatta D. Berry of Santa Monica, Calif.

“I am honored by this opportunity to continue to serve APG, and excited to work with such a talented and enthusiastic group of board members,” said Powell. “APG has played a pivotal role in advancing the genealogical profession, and I commit to honoring those who have paved the way by continuing to increase public awareness of and trust in professional genealogists, to support our members at all stages of their genealogical careers, and to increase openness, networking, and collaboration within our organization.”

Catherine Desmarais, CG, of Vermont was elected APG vice president. She is a professional genealogist and works on U.S. Army military repatriation cases. She serves on the board of the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy and is an APG Quarterly Advisory Committee member.

Janice S. Prater of Denver, Colo. will serve another term as secretary. Prater is the editor of the International Society of British Genealogy and Family History’s quarterly publication and is treasurer for the Colorado Chapter of APG. Joan Peake of West Virginia was elected for a second term as APG treasurer. She is also president of the Fayette County Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania and member of the Great Lakes Chapter of APG.

APG members elected the following board members for two-year terms:

Region 1 West: Jean Wilcox Hibben, Ph.D., M.A., CG, is a past president of the Southern California Chapter of APG, 1st vice president of the Corona Genealogical Society, and vice president of the Genealogical Speakers Guild. She was the lead researcher for the first season of Genealogy Roadshow.

Region 2 Midwest: Valerie Eichler Lair of Minnesota has been a member of APG since 1991. She is the president of APG Heartland Chapter and a member of the APG Northland Chapter.

Region 3 Southeast: Tina Sansone of Tennessee is vice president of the Second Life APG Chapter and is a director for the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors
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Region 4 Northeast: Darcie M. Hind Posz of the District of Columbia serves as president of the National Capital Area Chapter of APG. She is a professional genealogist and writer.

Region 5 Canada: Louise St. Denis has been managing director of The National Institute for Genealogical Studies for the past 16 years. She was the founding president of Toronto’s Société Franco-Ontarienne d’Histoire et de Généalogie and a founding member of Ontario’s APG chapter.

Region 6 Ireland, N. Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales: Fiona Fitzsimons is a genealogist and a director for Eneclann and Findmypast Ireland. She has provided research for First Lady Michelle Obama and for televisions shows Who Do You Think You Are? and PBS’s Faces of America and Finding Our Roots.

Region 7 International: Michael Goldstein of Israel has been elected for another term. Michael traces roots worldwide, specializing in forensic, Jewish, and Holocaust research.

APG members elected two at-large board members. Amy E. K. Arner of Pennsylvania is a professional genealogist and proofreader of the APG Quarterly. J. H. Fonkert, CG, of Minnesota is a professional genealogist and lecturer and has served on the APG board since 2010.

Elected to one-year terms on the nominations committee are: Debra Braverman, a New York City-based professional genealogist, and Laura Prescott, a past president of APG and a full-time professional genealogist based in New Hampshire.

About the Association of Professional Genealogists
The Association of Professional Genealogists (www.apgen.org), established in 1979, represents more than 2,700 genealogists, librarians, writers, editors, historians, instructors, booksellers, publishers, and others involved in genealogy-related businesses. APG encourages genealogical excellence, ethical practice, mentoring and education. The organization also supports the preservation and accessibility of records useful to the fields of genealogy and history. Its members represent all fifty states, Canada, and thirty other countries. APG is active on LinkedIn, Twitter (www.twitter.com/apggenealogy), and Facebook (www.facebook.com/AssociationofProfessionalGenealogists).

Call for APG Luncheon Lecture Proposals – FGS 2014 Conference

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Word has been received that APG is looking for a lecturer for the APG Hosted luncheon during the FGS Conference in San Antonio, Texas, August 27-30, 2014.

DEADLINE: Sunday, 17 November 2013

APG invites members to submit proposals for a luncheon presentation that would be of interest to aspiring and/or experienced professionals.
APG offers an honorarium of $250 for the 20-30 minute presentation.

Proposals should include:

  • Speaker’s full name, address, telephone, and e-mail address
  • Lecture title, not to exceed 10 words
  • Short summary of the lecture, not to exceed 30 words
  • Brief speaker biography, not to exceed 25 words

Send proposals to the APG office via e-mail to admin@apgen.org

APG Announces New Chapters

The following is from APG:

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APG Celebrates its First Chapters Outside of North America, Offers Members a New, Virtual Option

The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) today announced that it added seven new chapters in 2013. The new chapters will provide underserved geographic areas with programs aimed at the professional genealogist. APG now boasts 29 chapters worldwide.

“It’s so exciting to see our members recognize the value of chapter membership, at home and abroad,” said Diane Gravel, CG, chair of the APG Chapter Review Committee. “Over the past year, APG has made tremendous strides in providing educational and professional development opportunities to its members. But chapters can address local issues and offer a variety networking opportunities not possible at national and international levels.”

The new chapters are:

Australasian Chapter: This chapter will serve Australia and New Zealand. The group plans to meet regularly by web conference, with possible face-to-face meetings and programs.

Britain, Ireland, and the Isles Chapter: Beyond serving its members, this chapter is uniquely positioned to work with and assist colleagues and clients from North America and Australasia.

Chicago Chapter: The chapter officially formed in early 2013 (as a relaunch of an inactive chapter) and has already met in person at genealogy conferences and workshops. It is holding a meeting 16 November with the Chicago Chapter of the Association of Personal Historians.

Greater Philadelphia Area Chapter: The new chapter replaces the inactive Philadelphia chapter, expanding its geographic boundaries to support more members in eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Delaware. The chapter meets quarterly at the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, with remote options available for members unable to attend in person.

Kentucky Chapter: The chapter began meeting early this year and has attracted more than 30 members from Kentucky and neighboring states. The group meets by web conference and, when possible, in person. The chapter will exhibit at the 2014 National Genealogical Society Family History Conference.

New Jersey Chapter: The chapter formed in August and will meet each year in January, April, July, and October at the Grabas Institute for Continuing Education in Edison, NJ. The chapter maintains a Google Groups mailing list for 43 members.

Virtual Chapter: The APG Virtual Chapter offers another opportunity for chapter involvement to those for whom traditional chapters are not an option. Chapter members communicate via email, hangouts, webinars, and other means which eliminate the geographical boundaries usually associated with chapter membership.

APG members may belong to more than one chapter, and may join a virtual one such as the Virtual Chapter or the Second Life APG chapter. Members interested in joining these or any APG chapters will find more information on the APG website: http://www.apgen.org/chapters/index.html .

Kathleen W. Hinckley, CG
Executive Director
Association of Professional Genealogists

Call for Presentations – APG Track at RootsTech, Salt Lake City, February 6, 2014

The following is from Kathleen W. Hinckley, CG, Executive Director, Association of Professional Genealogists
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The Association of Professional Genealogists announces a Call for presentations at RootsTech 2014, Salt Lake City, Utah. The focus of the conference is on technology in the field of genealogy. APG will be sponsoring a track of four lectures on Thursday, February 6, 2014.

Presentations are 60 minutes including a ten minute question and answer period and should be topics covering advanced uses of technology in the genealogical field. The focus should be on new technology, or new and creative uses of technology. These lectures would be of interest to both aspiring and/or experienced professionals.

APG offers an honorarium of $250 for the 60 minute presentation.

Proposals should include:
• Speaker’s full name, address, telephone, and e-mail address
• Lecture title
• Short summary of the lecture, not to exceed 40 words
• Brief speaker biography, not to exceed 50 words

Send proposals to the APG office via e-mail to admin@apgen.org.

DEADLINE: 19 October 2013