Free Webinar: How to Survive and Thrive as a Genealogy Professional

August 20th, 2014

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.

About the Presenter:
Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A., is a freelance writer, instructor, and internationally recognized lecturer, specializing in Slovak/Eastern European genealogical research, writing your family history, and using the Internet to trace female and immigrant ancestors. Lisa is the author of nine books, including the award-winning Three Slovak Women, and hundreds of magazine articles. Lisa serves as a contributing editor for Family Tree Magazine, and teaches online courses for Family Tree University and The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. She is a frequently invited speaker for national conferences, genealogical/historical societies, and webinars. An avid genealogist for 25 years, Lisa also chronicles her family history adventures on her blog, The Accidental Genealogist (

Free Webinar: Careers in Genealogy — Lineage Specialist

August 20th, 2014

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.

About the Presenter:
Darcie Hind Posz, CG, is a full-time professional genealogist and writer. She is currently the President for the National Capital Area Chapter of the APG and serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Professional Genealogists. She resides in Washington, D.C., were she is employed as the Genealogist of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of the XVII Century and in the past was a genealogist at the NSDAR. She is a member of the Descendants of the Illegitimate Sons and Daughters of the Kings of Britain.

APG Now Accepting Applications for APG Young Professional Scholarship

June 23rd, 2014

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?

Download the application here. Applications should be submitted to the APG office by 22 July 2014. Send applications to APG Executive Director Kathleen W. Hinckley, CG, at

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!


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.

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 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 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 (, 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 (


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

Corey Oiesen
Communications Officer
Association of Professional Genealogists


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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 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  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 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 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

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 (

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.


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.


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 If you’re not already a member of APG, visit Join APG for more information.