Archive for August, 2012

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,

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

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, 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 ( 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!