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APG Roundtable, August 28, 2012 at FGS in Birmingham

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Records Access: the Art of Advocacy
APG Roundtable
Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Join us for the APG Roundtable immediately following the APG Annual Meeting, on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, at
7:00 PM in the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, Ballroom XII.

Learn what you and/or your chapter can do to help preserve the records so crucial to our profession and ensure
our access to those records in the future! It is not always about confrontation. The legwork, correspondence, and
behind-the-scenes activities are critical, guiding bills from their inception, in and out of committees, to their ultimate enactment or defeat. This is where APG can have an enormous impact on legislation that threatens us all.

Mark your calendar now! It promises to be a lively discussion, followed by some role-playing to demonstrate situations
you may encounter along the way. You will not want to miss this outstanding panel of experts:

Thomas MacEntee, Moderator (Chicago, Illinois)

Thomas MacEntee is a professional genealogist specializing in technology and social media to improve genealogical
research and to interact with others in the family history community. As the creator of GeneaBloggers.com, he has organized
and engaged a community of over 2,500 bloggers. He serves on the Board of Directors of FGS and has worked with their
Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC) in hosting and broadcasting programs on FGS Radio and his own
Geneabloggers Radio to raise awareness of records-access issues for genealogists. In December 2011, he created Occupy
Genealogy (http://www.occupygenealogy.com) in an effort to mobilize the genealogical community into action on issues critical
to the profession, and the movement has acquired nearly 1,000 followers on Facebook.

Alvie Davidson, CGSM (Lakeland, Florida)

Alvie Davidson is a retired U. S. Naval Reserve Security Group member, a licensed private investigator and Certified Genealogist,
SM specializing in heir-searching, missing persons, and probate research. He serves on APG’s Advocacy Committee and has worked
extensively with RPAC on the issue of records preservation and access.

Teri Flack (Austin, Texas)

Teri Flack is the chair of the Texas State Genealogical Society’s Records Preservation and Access Committee. She also serves as
state liaison to the national RPAC and has been a featured guest on Blog Talk Radio. Teri has also worked with the “Texas Court
Records Preservation Task Force,” a group that has been assessing court record conditions and how to preserve those records for
the future. Teri will graduate in December from Texas State University with a master’s degree in Public History. She volunteers at the
Texas State Archives on a project to preserve and make accessible to the public over 1,000 volumes of Galveston County records from
the 19th and 20th centuries. Teri has also served on the FGS Board of Directors.

Polly Kimmitt, CGSM (Shrewsbury, Massachusetts)

Polly Kimmitt is the president of the Massachusetts Genealogical Council, formed in 1980 as the umbrella organization representing
Massachusetts genealogists, historical societies, and individuals who are concerned about records preservation and free and unfettered
access to civil records. MGC serves as the records access watchdog for the Massachusetts Legislature regarding access issues. Polly is
also past president of the New England Chapter of APG, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for FGS.

Kelvin L. Meyers (Dallas, Texas)

Kelvin Meyers is an experienced forensic genealogist and a founding member of the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy.
He currently contracts with attorneys, the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, and heir-searching companies. Kelvin lectures throughout
Texas and Oklahoma, and at Samford University’s Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research in Birmingham, Alabama. He serves on APG’s
Advocacy Committee and is a past president of the Lone Star Chapter.

We hope to see you there!

APG Discussion Group: General Business (August 11, 2:00pm)

Monday, July 30th, 2012

APG is pleased to announce a new APG Discussion Group Meeting (formerly Mentorship Meeting)! All meetings are open to APG Members as well as non-members of APG. Please feel free to share this with anyone you feel would like to join these meetings.

The access instructions for the meeting are below. The meeting room will open 15 minutes prior to the scheduled starting time. The meeting room holds a maximum of 25 attendees so access will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Discussion Groups are meant to be a discussion on a particular topic, not lectures or webinars. Please come prepared with your questions. It is through the give and take of these discussions that the best learning experiences will occur.

WHEN: Saturday, 11 August 2012, 11:30 a.m. EDT

TOPIC: APG Discussion Group – General Business

SESSION LEADER: Beverly Rice, CG

1. Please join my meeting, Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 11:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time.

https://www1.gotomeeting.com/join/115676377

2. Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) – a headset is required. Or, call in using your telephone.

Dial +1 (773) 897-3000

Access Code: 115-676-377

Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting. Please enter this access pin as it allows the session mentor to work with your audio, if needed.

Meeting ID: 115-676-377

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Tuesday July 31, APG Discussion Group: Writing

Monday, July 30th, 2012

APG is pleased to announce a new APG Discussion Group Meeting (formerly Mentorship Meeting)! All meetings are open to APG Members as well as non-members of APG. Please feel free to share this with anyone you feel would like to join these meetings.

The access instructions for the meeting are below. The meeting room will open 15 minutes prior to the scheduled starting time. The meeting room holds a maximum of 25 attendees so access will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Discussion Groups are meant to be a discussion on a particular topic, not lectures or webinars. Please come prepared with your questions. It is through the give and take of these discussions that the best learning experiences will occur.

WHEN: Tuesday, 31 July 2012, 9:00 p.m. EDT

TOPIC: APG Discussion Group – Writing

SESSION LEADER: Harold Henderson, CG

1. Please join my meeting, Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 9:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time.

https://www1.gotomeeting.com/join/128858424

2. Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) – a headset is required. Or, call in using your telephone.

Dial +1 (404) 891-0552

Access Code: 128-858-424

Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting. Please enter this access pin as it allows the session mentor to work with your audio, if needed.

Meeting ID: 128-858-424

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Free Webinar: Avoiding Misunderstandings: Communication Skills for Professional Genealogists

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

As part of the ongoing APG Professional Development Webinar Series, APG has scheduled another  free webinar on Wednesday, 26 September 2012, 8:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Jean Wilcox Hibben, CG will present part 2 of Avoiding Misunderstandings: Communication Skills for Professional Genealogists. The webinar is open to both APG members and non-members. The webinar will also be recorded, with the recordings uploaded to the APG Members Only area as a benefit to APG members.

Almost everyone has had the experience of saying something that is perfectly clear in one’s own mind but, when received by the listener, is translated into something completely different. Of course, the mis-communication can be something as simple as the listener being hard of hearing, a language barrier, or some external noise that is interfering with the message or the means by which the message is conveyed. However, sometimes it can be a choice of words, tone of voice, or something less obvious like the receiver’s own biases or preconceptions. “I cannot get that information in anything less than three weeks” can be interpreted as “I can have it for you in less than three weeks.” 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.

About the Presenter

A Board Certified Genealogist?, Jean Wilcox Hibben has been involved in family research for over 30 years. She is a member of the National Genealogical Society (NGS), the Genealogical Speakers Guild (where she serves as secretary), various societies in the areas where she does research, and the Corona Genealogical Society (where she serves as President). Jean is a Board member for the Association of Professional Genealogists and serves as President of the Southern California Chapter. She is also the blog and webmaster for the Riverside Folk Song Society and maintains her own website with information about her presentations, CDs, projects, etc.: www.circlemending.org.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

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

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APG Announces Free Webinar: Here I Am! Marketing Your Professional Services

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

APG is sponsoring a free webinar on Wednesday, 22 August 2012, 9:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The webinar is open to both APG members and non-members. The webinar will also be recorded, with the recordings uploaded to the APG Members Only area as a benefit to APG members. This webinar is part of the ongoing APG Professional Development Webinar Series.

Here I Am! Marketing Your Professional Services

Presenter: Diana Crisman Smith

How can anyone else know how wonderful you are if you don’t tell them? There is a market for genealogical services, but it is not unlimited. If you want someone to hire you to do what you love, you must make yourself known and convince them that you are the person to take care of their needs. It may seem a daunting task, but there are some tricks you can use to maximize your reach.

About the Presenter

Diana Crisman Smith is active in numerous genealogical organizations, serving as current or past Board member of ISFHWE (International Society of Family History Writers and Editors); the Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG); and the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), as well as local organizations. She serves as a lay volunteer at the Westlake Family History Center, where she has spent more than twenty years assisting patrons with research issues, especially Scandinavia and the Midwest United States. She and husband, Gary, operate Smith Genealogy Services (http://dianagarysmith).

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

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Genealogist Opening at NSDAR

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

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 provide 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.

Please send a cover letter and resume including a writing sample and a sample or portfolio of genealogy/family research performed, to:

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

Association of Professional Genealogists Announces Election Results

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

WESTMINSTER, Colo., November 16, 2010—The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) announced today the results of its 2010 election of new board members and committee members. In a general election voted upon by APG members, 10 board members were elected for two-year terms, 2011 –2012. Two nominating committee members were chosen for the 2011 term. The newly-elected board members include:

Region 1 – West: Mary Penner (New Mexico) has been elected to a second term on the board. She chairs the Professional Issues Committee, has lectured at two APG Professional Management Conferences and has been a frequent contributor to several genealogy publications. Beverly Rice, CG (Oregon) is a past APG treasurer and secretary and currently works on the APG Roundtable committee. She is a trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists and is the director of American Studies for the National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

Region 2 – Midwest: Harold Henderson (Indiana) is a professional genealogist and writer who has authored numerous books and articles. He serves on the board of his county genealogical society and writes the Midwest Microhistory blog. Debbie Parker Wayne, CG (Texas) is a founding member of APG’s Lone Star Chapter and has managed publicity for the APG Professional Management Conference for the past two years. She is the webmaster for many sites, including that of the ProGen Study Group.

Region 3 – Southeast: Diane Giannini, CG (Virginia), serves on the board of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society and is past-president of the Charles County Maryland Genealogical Society. She has written for Digital Genealogist and NGS News Magazine. Donald W. Moore, CG (Virginia), elected to a second term, is past president of the Virginia Beach Genealogical Society, incumbent vice president of the Virginia Genealogical Society and editor of its newsletter. He has also written for Digital Genealogist and has provided reviews to several genealogical publications.

Region 4 – Northeast: Amy E.K. Arner (Pennsylvania), elected to a third term, is a professional genealogist specializing in Western Pennsylvania, the past-president of the Great Lakes Chapter and a proofreader for the APG Quarterly. Kimberly T. Powell (Pennsylvania), author of several books, has written and blogged about genealogy for About.com for more than 10 years. She conducted research for the PBS show, Faces of America.

International Region 5A: Eileen O’Duill, CG (Ireland), elected for a third term, specializes in international probate research and has lectured at national conferences in the United States and in Ireland. She has worked on programs to grow APG’s presence internationally.

International Region 5C: Carole Riley (Australia), elected for a second term, is a genealogist based in Sydney who specializes in New South Wales, including convicts, migration, probate and more.

Nominations Committee: Brent Morgan (Virginia) is the chair of the Society of Civil War Families of Ohio and is the registrar for the Richmond, Virginia Chapter Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). Gena Philibert Ortega (California) is the genealogy community director for FamilyLink, where she is newsletter editor for WorldVitalRecords and manages GenealogyWise. She has authored more than 100 articles published in a wide range of genealogy publications. She serves as vice president for the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

About the APG
The Association of Professional Genealogists (http://www.apgen.org), established in 1979, represents more than 2,400 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, local and social history. Its members represent all fifty states, Canada, and thirty other countries.

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, e-mail: admin@apgen.org

Corey Oiesen
Communications Officer
Association of Professional Genealogists
email: corey@genealogyheroes.com
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APG to Participate in London’s Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE 2011 Conference and Exhibition

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

World’s Largest Professional Genealogical Association to Educate International Market on Need for Professional Genealogists, Standards and Ethics

WESTMINSTER, Colo., September 21, 2010—The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) announced today that it will participate in the Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE 2011, The National Conference, this coming February in London, U.K. APG will exhibit at the event, with the goal of educating new audiences on the benefits of hiring professional genealogists who adhere to genealogical standards and ethics.

APG president Laura Prescott and APG executive director Kathleen Hinckley, CG, will represent the organization at the show. “The APG represents more than 2,000 professional genealogists in more than 30 countries,” said Prescott. “The Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE conference will give APG an opportunity to meet approximately 15,000 family history enthusiasts and educate them about our mission and the availability of our members to serve them.”

The APG’s international committee has been exploring the growing need for professional genealogists in markets outside of North America. The committee, with members in England, India, Ireland, Israel and the U.S., examines opportunities to share the APG message and promote international awareness of, and interest in, professional genealogical services. The upcoming exhibition will be the APG’s first conference presence outside of North America.

About the Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE 2011 Conference and Exhibition
The Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE 2011 conference, the U.K.’s largest and most comprehensive family history event, will be held February 25?27, 2011 at London’s historic Olympia Exhibition Centre. The conference, held since 2007, was created in response to overwhelming interest in the U.K.’s television show Who Do You Think You Are?, now in its seventh season. The show features nearly 200 exhibitors and more than 100 seminars and workshops. Celebrities from the U.K. show will also appear. See http://www.whodoyouthinkyouarelive.co.uk for more information.

About the APG
The Association of Professional Genealogists (http://www.apgen.org), established in 1979, represents more than 2,000 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, local, and social history. Its members represent all fifty states, Canada, and thirty other countries.

Media Contacts:
Kathleen W. Hinckley, CG

Two New Chapters Support Real and Virtual Communities

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) announced today that its board has approved two new chapters for the organization. The Northland Chapter will serve members from Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The board also approved the organization’s first virtual chapter, to be held in Second Life. Both chapters have commenced operations as of today.

“We welcome these new chapters and the support they will provide to our members,” said APG President Laura Prescott. “These chapters will benefit underserved geographies, both real and virtual. The board and executive committee discussed at length the implications of chartering a virtual chapter and felt that it would be an exciting and effective alternative for members who don’t have a local chapter or who cannot attend meetings in real life.”

Northland Chapter to Cover Much Ground
The Northland Chapter serves a broad region of northern states that are not currently served by an APG chapter. Chapter organizers, Sandy Mochal Thalmann, sandy@authenticorigins.com, and Jay Fonkert, CG, jfonkert@aol.com, have centered the operation in the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.

Virtual Chapter in Second Life Provides a New Outlet for Professional Collaboration
The Second Life APG Chapter meets in Second Life and is open to all members anywhere in the world with Internet access, who may use their Second Life avatar personas. The chapter plans to meet monthly to preview and critique presentations in progress, discuss research resources, and share ideas about professional business practices and standards. Tami Glatz, or Genie Weezles in Second Life, is the contact, tglatz@gmail.com.

Association of Professional Genealogists Awards Five Members for Contributions to the Field of Genealogy

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Today at the 2010 Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Conference in Knoxville, Tenn., the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) honored five of its members for their outstanding achievements in the field of genealogy. APG President Laura Prescott presented the awards at today’s luncheon, which featured Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FNGS, FASG, FUGA, who presented, “Writing Genealogy: Are You a Saint, Sinner, or Bumfuzzled Soul?”

Christine Rose, CG, CGL, FASG, received the APG Professional Achievement Award. The award, created in 2007, recognizes exceptional professional achievement and ethical behavior with contributions to the field of genealogy. Rose has more than three decades of experience in serving genealogical organizations and societies as a researcher, lecturer, author, columnist and volunteer. She has served on the faculty of the National Institute of Genealogical Research (NIGR) in Washington, D.C., and on the faculty of The Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) at Samford University, as both an instructor and coordinator. Rose is the author of several genealogy books including, Courthouse Research for Family Historians: Your Guide to Genealogical Treasures and Genealogical Proof Standard: Building a Solid Case.

APG also awarded Alvie L. Davidson, CG, the Grahame T. Smallwood Jr. Award of Merit, an award honoring personal commitment and outstanding service to the APG. A professional genealogist and private investigator, Davidson served on the APG Board of Directors from 2003?2008, and was elected again in 2010. He has served on numerous committees and is currently booth chair, organizing member volunteers to answer questions at the APG booth during conferences.

Diana Crisman Smith received the APGQ Excellence Award, which recognizes exceptional articles submitted to the organization’s quarterly magazine. Smith provided an article on writing for each issue in 2009, including “Ready for Prime Time? Tips for Making Your Writing Fit for Print” and “How is Your Writing? Enter a Writing Contest and Find Out.”

Certificates of appreciation were also presented in recognition of outstanding contributions to APG, by a member or a non-member. Angela Packer McGhie was recognized for her leadership as president of the APG National Capital Area Chapter, as well as for her educational efforts in coordinating the ProGen Study Groups, directing her local Family History Center and in initiating a workshop featuring Thomas Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG.

Polly Kimmitt, CG, received a certificate of appreciation for her activities as president of the New England Chapter of APG in 2009. During her tenure, Kimmitt was responsible for spurring an increase in meeting attendance and chapter memberships and motivated the organization to design a chapter logo, brochure and new interactive website. Under her leadership, the chapter created a booth and presence at the New England Regional Genealogical Conference and its featured Ancestors Road Show. The chapter credits Kimmitt’s energy and guidance in helping it be named “Golden Chapter” at the APG Gathering of the Chapters at the 2009 National Genealogical Society Family History Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina.

“We congratulate today’s award recipients,” said APG President Laura Prescott. “As the world’s leading professional organization of family history and related professionals, the APG celebrates excellence and ethics in the genealogy profession. These recipients have distinguished themselves in many ways and have strengthened APG as a result. They are models for what it means to be a professional genealogist.”