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

APG Announces 2 Free Webinars on DNA Topics

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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PC-based attendees
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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

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

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

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

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

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.

APG Roundtable, August 28, 2012 at FGS in Birmingham

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)

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

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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