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APG Announces Free Webinar

Sunday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Monday, 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

Wednesday, 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

APG Announces 2 Free Webinars on DNA Topics

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

We hope you can join us for the following free webinars, part of the APG Professional Development Webinar Series. Please feel free to share this invitation on relevant mailing lists, with your local society, or with anyone else who might have an interest. APG webinars are open and free for both members and non-members to attend live. Webinars are also recorded, and the recordings made available to APG members on the Members Only page of our website for any member who is unable to attend the live session or just wants to review the material again.

DNA Explained: An Intro to DNA for Genealogists
Tuesday, 30 October 2012 — 9:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
Presented by Roberta Estes

Join us to learn how DNA can be used for genealogical research. You’ll learn about how DNA testing works for both males and females, including an introduction to Y-DNA, mtDNA, and autosomal DNA. We’ll make science understandable, and by the end of this lecture, you’ll be putting together your own genealogical DNA test plan. Have a pedigree chart handy for quick reference.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/659356625

Yikes, My DNA Results are Back! Now What???
Thursday, 29 November 2012 — 9:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
Presented by Roberta Estes

Have results but aren’t sure what to do with them? This webinar will walk you through how to interpret your results and get the most out them. This presentation covers both Y-line and mitochondrial DNA. Autosomal DNA results will also be discussed in a future webinar.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/317067593

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System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

iPhone, iPad and Android attendees
Download the free GoToMeeting app in the App Store

And yes, we are mixing up the days of the week these are offered – as requested. We hope you enjoy them!

The APG Professional Development Committee

Job Opening – SAR Operation Ancestor Search Project Manager

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

The National Society, Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) is seeking an Operation Ancestor Search (OAS) Project Manager based at their headquarters located at 1000 South 4th Street, Louisville, KY 40203. Additional information about the organization can be found at http://www.sar.org/. Further information regarding the program and their partnership with Ancestry.com can be found at http://www.sar.org/News/Ancestrycom-Supports-NSSAR-Operation-Ancestor-Search

Operation Ancestor Search (OAS) project started with the DC Chapter of the SAR working with returning vets at the Walter Reed Hospital. SAR members volunteer at hospitals and work with both the vets and in some cases family members on helping the soldiers focus on something other than their injuries by using genealogy as that tool. The program’s official sponsor, Ancestry.com, partnered with the SAR from the very beginning to provide wounded warriors with resources through their online and software services.

The program has been so successful and has spread to a second location in TX. This past year the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) has developed this as a national program to roll out to other VA/Fisher home locations. Additional information about this project can be obtained through the SAR office or “Wounded Warriors: Building a Bridge to the Past” published in SAR Magazine, Fall 2011 pp. 8-9.

Candidates should have the following skills:

  • Good writing, speaking and organization skills
  • Experience in developing and writing strategic strategies
  • Ability to develop and maintain partnership relationships
  • Managing multiple sites and tasks
  • Self-starter, reliable, and detailed oriented person
  • Basic knowledge in using numerous and popular databases to create reports and documents such as Excel, Microsoft Word, and PowerPoint for starters
  • Working with developing promotional materials for the OAS project
  • Some travel may be required to promote and work with others on the OAS project
  • Preference is given to veterans but all are encouraging to submit their resume
  • Position is based at the SAR headquarters

All interested parties should submit their resume to edsearch@sar.org or mail to OAS Search Team, 1000 South 4th Street, Louisville, KY 40203.

Help Wanted: Genealogist

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution has an immediate full-time opening for a Genealogist in the Registrar’s Office. Primary responsibilities focus on examining and evaluating lineage-based information provided on DAR membership applications or supplemental applications, and corresponding with prospective members or Chapter Registrar if further documentation is needed.

Qualifications
Previous experience in conducting genealogical research is required. The successful candidate must be able to analyze and evaluate lineage information, be detail oriented and resolve issues from conflicting data, and be able to write clear and concise letters explaining difficult research problems, including providing suggestions to the applicant for further research. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, including the ability to adapt quickly to proprietary databases, is essential.

Limited overtime hours possible during board weeks, (April, June, October and December) however, must be available to work overtime hours during one week of annual meeting.

This is a full-time position stationed at the NSDAR headquarters. No telecommuting or relocation assistance offered.

In order to be considered an applicant, candidates must include a sample analysis in narrative form with appropriate source citations, including primary research findings and documentation, of genealogy or family research performed, along with a cover letter and resume, or NSDAR employment application to:

NSDAR
Attention: Human Resources
1776 D. St., NW
Washington D.C., 20006-5303
Fax: (202) 737-5702
E-mail: resumes@dar.org

Date Change for Avoiding Misunderstandings Webinar

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

APG has changed the date of September’s scheduled webinar to 9:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Monday, 24 September 2012, to avoid a conflict with the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. Our presenter, Jean Wilcox Hibben, CG, has graciously adjusted her schedule to accommodate this change.

We hope that this change in date and time does not adversely affect those of you who have already registered for the webinar, and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. The webinar will be recorded and made available on the APG website for members unable to attend the live presentation. If you have previously registered, your registration information and webinar link are still valid, and you will also receive notice from GoToWebinar of the change in date and time.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Kimberly Powell at lovegenealogy@gmail.com.

The APG Professional Development Committee

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Avoiding Misunderstandings: Communication Skills for Professional Genealogists
Monday, September 24, 2012 at 9:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Presented by Jean Wilcox Hibben, CG

Learn some of the ways to avoid misunderstandings when dealing with clients (and prospective clients), booking organizations, archivists and librarians, and others professional genealogists communicate with in the operation of their businesses.

https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/858709608

APG Recognizes 5 Members for Achievements in the Genealogy Profession

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Today at the 2012 Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Conference in Birmingham, Alabama., the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) honored five of its members for their contributions to the field of genealogy. APG President Kenyatta Berry presented the awards at today’s luncheon, which featured APG board member Mary Penner, who presented, “Top Ten Reasons to Not Write Your Family History.”

Those honored with awards included:

Gordon Gray received the Grahame T. Smallwood, Jr., Award of Merit, an award honoring personal commitment and outstanding service to the APG. Gray served on the APG Board of Directors from 2006–20011; and was elected Treasurer twice, during the presidential terms of Jake Gehring and Laura Prescott. Gordon was responsible for working with the IRS to issue Employer Identification Numbers (EIN) for the APG chapters and worked with the chapters to gather financial information and worked on establishing procedures.

 Janet Robyn Worthington, JP, NZRN, Dip. FHS, FSAG, was awarded the APG Professional Achievement Award. The award, created in 2007, recognizes exceptional professional achievement and ethical behavior with contributions to the field of genealogy. Worthington is a long-standing APG member and has been leader in the field of genealogical research and practice in Australia for the past 30 years. She served as a Councillor (1984–2008), Vice-President (1992–1996, 2005–2008), and Honorary Secretary (2007–2008) of the Society of Australian Genealogists, the oldest genealogy society in Australia, from 1984 until her retirement at the end of 2008. She continues to be a Benefactor of the Society and to support its work behind the scenes, and was elected Fellow of the Society in 1992. She has authored numerous books and articles.

Certificates of appreciation were awarded to three members. Mary Penner, was recognized for her outstanding service and significant contributions to APG, including her work on the newsletter, the Profession Issues Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee, and the membership working group. Harold Henderson, CG, was presented the certificate in recognition of his exceptional dedication to APG, especially for going well above and beyond in his service as Chair of the APGQ Advisory Committee.

Eileen M. O’Duill, CG, also received a certificate. She has served on the APG board for eight years and was instrumental in organizing APG’s participation in Who Do You Think You Are in London? Live conference in London.

“Congratulations to our award recipients,” said APG President Kenyatta D. Berry. “We are pleased to honor these volunteers for their outstanding service to the organization and to the field of genealogy.”

APG Interview

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

WHO:  Kenyatta Berry, APG President

WHAT: Interview Jane E. Wilcox, host of the Forget-Me-Not Hour: Your Ancestors Want Their Stories to Be Told

WHEN: Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 9 p.m. EDT

WHERE: Online live or on-demand after the interview,

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/janeewilcox/2012/08/16/association-of-prof-genealogist-kenyatta-berry

Tune in to learn more about the APG,and its activities.