APG Announces Free Webinar

April 15th, 2014

Careers in Genealogy: House Historian
Thursday, April 17, 2014  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!

Free and open to the public!

http://www.gotomeeting.com/register/511679153

 

APG Professional Management Conference Call for Speakers

March 28th, 2014

The Association of Professional Genealogists will hold the 17th annual APG Professional Management Conference on Thursday and Friday, 8-9 January 2015, at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, just prior to the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.

CALL FOR SPEAKERS
APG is now accepting presentation and workshop proposals for the 2015 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 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-owning topics
  •   Speaker or lecturer training
  •   Client relationships
  •   Certification/Accreditation
  •   Organization and/or time management
  •   Research reports and other genealogical writing
  •   Technology or social media for professionals
  •   Topics relevant to students interested in genealogical careers

Successful proposals will offer innovative, unique, and out-of-the box approaches to topics and to presentation/teaching methods – while still being relevant to professional genealogists. Classes centered on case studies 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 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. Individuals submitting multiple proposals will be considered to teach multiple classes. Proposals from non-APG members will be considered as well.

Submit proposals via e-mail to admin@apgen.org either in Microsoft Word or PDF format. Proposals are due by Saturday, 26 April 2014, 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 topic proposed (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. Keynote speakers will receive a $550 all-inclusive honorarium, and all non-workshop proposals will be considered for keynote spots. APG does not pay separate travel expenses or hotel costs.

Association of Professional Genealogists Names Kimberly T. Powell President

November 27th, 2013

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

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).

 

Media Contacts:

Kathleen W. Hinckley, CG
Executive Director
Association of Professional Genealogists
P.O. Box 535, Wheat Ridge, CO 80034-0535
Phone: +1-303-465-6980
email: admin@apgen.org

Corey Oiesen
Communications Officer
Association of Professional Genealogists
email: corey@genealogyheroes.com

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Registration Now Open for PMC 2014 Embracing Innovation and Opportunity

October 22nd, 2013

Early-bird registration for the 2014 Professional Management Conference (PMC), “Embracing Innovation and Opportunity,” is now open online at www.apgen.org/conferences. The two-day conference will be held at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City on 10–11 January 2014.

PMC offers interactive, relevant guidance in advanced genealogical research skills and in business practices relevant to today’s professional and advanced genealogists. Featuring 8 classes and 3 hands-on workshops, PMC offers a wide variety of fresh ideas about how professionals conduct genealogy:

  • Brand and business building
  • Professional-grade DNA studies
  • Working with entertainment and corporate clients
  • Writing for a variety of audiences
  • And many more

Register Today for APG PMC 2014

PMC attendance is open to APG members and non-members. Attendees may choose to attend the full conference or a single day. Early-bird pricing ends 6 January 2014. Registration is now available at www.apgen.org/conferences  as are pricing and program details. Details about Virtual PMC will come later this year.

Speakers and Topics

Ten genealogical speakers with wide-ranging expertise will cover topics in keeping with this year’s theme of “Embracing Innovation and Opportunity”:

-          D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS — Friday Keynote — New Industries, New Worlds: Working for Entertainment and Corporate Clients

-          Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL —  Saturday Keynote –  “Good Name in Man or Woman”: Protecting a Professional Reputation

-          J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA — Lights! Camera! Connection! Will Genealogy-Based TV Improve My Business?

-          Claire V. Brisson-Banks, MLIS, AG — The Pursuit from Genealogy Hobbyist to Professional

-          Harold Henderson, CG—Workshop — The Story of Jethro’s Story: The Making of a NGSQ Article

-          Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, CG — Gaining Recognition in the Genealogical Community: Climbing the Professional Ladder

-          Melissa Johnson — Discovering and Communicating Your Unique Value: Personal Branding for Professional Genealogists

-          Angela Packer McGhie — (1) Writing a Genealogy Business Plan and (2) Networking for Genealogists: Making Connections Online and In-Person

-          CeCe Moore — Workshop — Advanced DNA for Professionals

-          Mary Penner — Workshop — It’s Not a Report. It’s Not a Summary. It’s a Genealogical Narrative!

Visit www.apgen.org/conferences for full lecture details and speaker biographies and to register to attend PMC 2014.

Hotel and Airfare Discounts

PMC attendees can receive special hotel pricing at the Radisson and up to 10% off Delta airline tickets. Visit www.apgen.org/conferences for further discount details.

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy

PMC 2014 is being held two days before the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), held 13-17 January 2014 at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City. SLIG offers a full week of genealogy instruction with national experts. SLIG program details and registration are available at www.SLIG.ugagenealogy.org.

Upcoming Free APG Webinars October to December 2013

September 25th, 2013

Mark your calendars! APG has a great lineup of webinars and speakers planned for the next several months, brought to you by the APG Professional Development Committee. Register soon to reserve your spot.

Duct Tape Marketing for Genealogy Professionals
Tuesday, 22 October 2013 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Thomas MacEntee
No fancy charts or analytics here; no theories or complicated MBA stuff either. Participants will learn how to build an effective genealogy marketing campaign using free or low-cost resources, many of them online. The focus will be on resources as well as tips and tricks to pull together a solid marketing initiative for your genealogy business.
Register here

Behind the Camera: Professional Genealogists & TV
Thursday, 14 November 2013 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: D. Joshua Taylor
When the production company calls, how do we as professionals react? Learn the behind the scenes tips to working with television production companies, including examples of real life situations and the “pros” and “cons” of taking on these important clients. Topics covered will also include setting expectations, reporting, delivery, and ethics.
Register here

“Terms and conditions may apply” — Contract Law and the Internet
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Judy G. Russell, CG
Websites have fine print too. And it’s the fine print that answers questions like: Why can I use this newspaper clipping from this service, and not that clipping from that service? What happens if I allow someone else to use my account on that website? If I get into a dispute with a genealogical service provider, can I sue them? This webinar will review the basics of website terms and conditions (“terms of use” or “terms of service”) and what they mean for the genealogist.
Register here

Please share this invitation on relevant mailing lists, with your local society, or with anyone else who might have an interest. 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 (lovegenealogy@gmail.com)

APG Professional Development Committee
Kimberly Powell (Chair), Melanie Holtz, and Beverly Rice

APG Hosts Webinar on Autosomal DNA

April 7th, 2013

An Autosomal DNA Primer: Sex Doesn’t Matter Any More

Join us on April 30, when Judy Russell will present An Autosomal DNA Primer: Sex Doesn’t Matter Any More. This free webinar is part of the ongoing APG Professional Development webinar series sponsored by the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), and is open to both members and non-members.

Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 9:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time

Description: A plain English introduction to autosomal DNA for non-tech types. Learn how this newest type of DNA testing works across gender lines to tell you more about your deep genetic past and help you find cousins to share your genealogy with today.

Presenter: Judy G. Russell, CG

A Certified Genealogist with a law degree, Judy G. Russell blogs as “The Legal Genealogist” and writes and speaks on a variety of genealogy topics.

Register: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/328306193

APG Announces Free Webinar

April 7th, 2013

Developing Research Plans While Staying on Track in a Modern World
Join us on April 9, where J. Mark Lowe will present Developing Research Plans While Staying on Track in a Modern World. This free webinar is part of the ongoing APG Professional Development webinar series sponsored by the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), and is open to both members and non-members.

Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 9:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time

Description: Take a closer look at working genealogy research plans and modern technology used by busy professionals. Mark will share practical examples using modern technology, as well as a step-by-step process. Learn how to make effective plans that promote tight, conclusive work, whether for clients, or for your personal research. Acceptable professional standards, resources and examples will be emphasized.

Presenter: J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

J. Mark Lowe is a full-time professional genealogist, author, and lecturer and researches primarily in original records and manuscripts throughout the South.

Register: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/253441921

Recordings Also Available
For APG members who cannot attend on April 9, a recording of the webinar, along with the handout, will be made available in the Members Section of the APG website at http://www.apgen.org. If you’re not already a member of APG, visit Join APG for more information.

Early-Bird Deadline Approaching for APG 2013 Professional Management Conference

February 12th, 2013

The early-bird deadline is approaching the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) 2013 Professional Management Conference (PMC), to be held 19-20 March in Salt Lake City. The deadline for registration discounts is Friday, 15 February.

The event will be held in Salt Lake City on the 19th and 20th of March, 2013, the two days prior to the RootsTech conference (http://www.rootstech.org).

This year’s theme is, “Building a Successful Business.” Speakers will be:

Workshop: Overcoming Research Barriers—An Interactive Case Study;
Variables in Professional Genealogists’ Approaches to Research;
Client Reports: Dos, Don’t, and Maybes

Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS

Order in the Court: Hands-on with Court Records;
More Than the Begats: Using the Law to Spice up a Research Report

Judy G. Russell, J.D., CG

Launching an Effective Marketing Campaign
Thomas MacEntee

Video Marketing: Killer YouTube Strategies
Lisa Louise Cooke

The Best Educational Plan for You: The Workshop
Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL

Organization for Genealogy Speakers
Jean Wilcox Hibben, Ph.D., M.A., CG

APG will also hold at reception and roundtable from 6:30–8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, 20 March, which is open to members and non-members.

Register Now for APG PMC 2013
Attendance at PMC is open to members and non-members. Attendees may choose to attend the full conference or a single day. Details on pricing and the conference sessions are available at http://www.apgen.org/conferences/index.html.

Association of Professional Genealogists Unveils Election Results

November 19th, 2012

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

WESTMINSTER, Colo., November 19, 2012—Today, the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) unveiled the results of its 2012 election of new board members and two nominating committee members. APG membership elected 10 board members for two-year terms, 2013–2014. Two nominating committee members were chosen for the 2013 term. The newly-elected board members include:

Region 1 – West: Sheri Fenley (California) is a professional genealogist and historical researcher from Stockton, California. She is the editor of the San Joaquin Genealogical Society’s newsletter and author of the popular blog The Educated Genealogist, which was voted as one of Family Tree Magazine’s Top 40 Blogs. Beverly Rice, CG, (Oregon) is a teacher and lecturer in historical and genealogical topics. As well as serving on the APG Board, Beverly has held office as secretary and treasurer. She currently works on the Professional Development and Redistribution committees.

Region 2 – Midwest: Harold Henderson, CG, (Indiana) is a professional genealogist and writer who has authored numerous books and articles. He serves as moderator of the Transitional Genealogists Forum, on the publicity committee for the 2013 Federation of Genealogical Societies national conference, and writes the Midwest Microhistory blog. Kelvin Meyers (Texas) is a fifth generation Texan and, for the past 25 years, a professional genealogist and speaker. He is a former president of the Lone Star Chapter of APG and serves on the board of the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy

Region 3 – Southeast: Melanie Holtz, CG, (North Carolina) is a full-time professional genealogist with 18 years of experience within the genealogy community. She has served APG in many capacities and currently works on the APG Professional Development Committee and is vice president and director of programs for the North Carolina Chapter of APG. Craig Roberts Scott, CG, (North Carolina) is a well-known genealogy educator, author of 11 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.

Region 4 – Northeast: Diane Gravel, CG, (New Hampshire) is a professional genealogist and lecturer with nearly 20 years professional experience. 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 co-editor of its New Hampshire Families in 1790 project. Deborah Hooper (Delaware) has been a professional genealogist for the past five years and is the editor of the ProGen Study Group newsletter. 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.

International Region 5A:  Bruce Durie, PhD FSAScot FCollT FIGRS FHEA OLJ, (Scotland) has been a working genealogist for almost 20 years. He started and directed the Genealogical Studies Programme at the University of Strathclyde and now teaches genealogy at the Universities of Edinburgh and Dundee. He has authored more than 25 books on family and local history. He is also known for his BBC Radio series, “Digging up Your Roots.”

 International Region 5C: Jan Gow, QSM, FSG (New Zealand) is a past APG Board member and 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 in the 2012 New Year’s Honours List for service to genealogy research. She was elected a Fellow of the Society of Genealogists in London in June.

Nominations Committee: Ellen Rohr (Wisconsin) is a professional genealogist and a staff librarian at a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, area library. She brings 12 years of project management and leadership experience in the information technology field. She lectures on genealogy topics and maintains several genealogy websites. Ellen serves on the board of the Global Alliance of Genealogy Professionals. Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG, (Illinois) is a professional genealogist specializing in German-American and Midwest research, as well as reading German script. She is a grader for the National Genealogical Society’s Home Study Course and serves as co-president and webmaster of the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists in Mount Prospect, Illinois.

“Congratulations to our new and returning board members,” said APG President, Kenyatta D. Berry. “We look forward to their ideas and support in building this growing organization. We also thank our new committee members and our retiring board members for their service.”

Retiring from the board are:

  • Amy E. K. Arner
  • Diane Giannini, CG
  • Donald W. Moore, CG
  • Eileen O’Duill, CG
  • Mary Penner
  • Carole Riley, FHS
  • Debbie Parker Wayne, CG

 

About the Association of Professional Genealogists

 The Association of Professional Genealogists (www.apgen.org), established in 1979, represents more than 2,600 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).

 Media Contacts:

Kathleen W. Hinckley, CG

Executive Director
Association of Professional Genealogists
P.O. Box 350998, Westminster, CO 80035-0998
Phone: +1-303-465-6980, fax: +1-303-456-8825

email: admin@apgen.org

Corey Oiesen

Communications Officer

Association of Professional Genealogists

email: corey@genealogyheroes.com

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APG Announces Details for 2013 Professional Management Conference

October 24th, 2012

All-Star Speakers to Address Strategies for Building a Successful Business

WESTMINSTER, Colo., 24 October 2012 – The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) today unveiled the details of its upcoming Professional Management Conference (PMC). Top genealogical speakers will address this year’s theme, Strategies for Building a Successful Business. Tom Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS, will kick off the event with a workshop and lectures on Tuesday, while Judy Russell, J.D., CG, will open day two of the event with a hands-on workshop on court records. The event will be held in Salt Lake City the 19th and 20th of March, 2013, the two days prior to the RootsTech conference.

“Given the success of last year’s conference, as well as the breadth of this year’s theme, we have expanded the event to a day and a half,” said APG President Kenyatta D. Berry. “We are excited by our speakers’ topics and are pleased that we have been able to continue offering fresh, exciting conferences that help our members develop their businesses.”

Speakers and topics include:

Workshop: Overcoming Research Barriers—An Interactive Case Study;
Variables in Professional Genealogists’ Approaches to Research;
Client Reports: Dos, Don’t, and Maybes
Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS

Order in the Court: Hands-on with Court Records;
More Than the Begats: Using the Law to Spice up a Research Report
Judy G. Russell, J.D., CG

Launching an Effective Marketing Campaign
Thomas MacEntee

Video Marketing: Killer YouTube Strategies
Lisa Louise Cooke

The Best Educational Plan for You: The Workshop
Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL

Organization for Genealogy Speakers
Jean Wilcox Hibben, Ph.D., M.A., CG

APG will also hold at reception and roundtable from 6:30–8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, 20 March, which is open to members and non-members.

Register Now for APG PMC 2013
Attendance at PMC is open to members and non-members. Attendees may choose to attend the full conference or a single day. Details on pricing and the conference sessions are available at http://www.apgen.org/conferences/index.html