Archive for October, 2012

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

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:

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:


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 Further information regarding the program and their partnership with can be found at

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,, 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 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.

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:

Attention: Human Resources
1776 D. St., NW
Washington D.C., 20006-5303
Fax: (202) 737-5702