Don’t miss two days of classes and workshops designed to help you embrace the newest innovations and opportunities in the professional genealogy field. This page gives you access to:
|Early Bird (before 6 January 2014)||Late and At-the-Door Registration|
|Member Price||Non-Member Price||Student Discount**||Member Price||Non-Member Price||Student Discount**|
|Full Conference Fri & Sat||$125||$175||$95||$145||$195||$115|
|Friday, 10 January 2014|
|1:00 - 2:30pm||Conference Welcome
Kimberly Powell, APG President
New Industries, New Worlds: Working for Entertainment and Corporate Clients
D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS
While many genealogists are experts at communicating with individual clients, calls from corporations and production companies are increasing within our field. Uncover how best to work with these new industries, while providing a thorough—and ethical—final product.
|2:45 - 3:45pm||Workshop: The Story of Jethro's Story: The Making of a NGSQ Article
Harold Henderson, CG
A finished article in a top-tier genealogy publication normally shows some ways of cracking a tough research problem. But it necessarily omits much of the research, writing, editing, and agonizing that went into its creation. Workshop attendees will review and discuss the logic, structure, writing, editorial process, and more of a recent National Genealogical Society Quarterly article. Not all professionals will write for NGSQ or similar publications, but the writing and thought habits needed for such articles make it other genealogical writing and editing easier.
Prerequisite: Presenter asks that attendees read the article "Jethro Potter’s Secret: Confusion to Conclusion in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, and Michigan," by Harold Henderson in the June 2013NGSQ twice prior to this workshop.
|Lights! Camera! Connection! Will Genealogy-based TV Improve my Business?
J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA
With a variety of television programming focused on genealogical research, how should today’s professionals target their audience and connect to the community to gain marketing points. Learn several techniques successful at attracting research clients with both commercial, cable, and public-television programs. Develop a strategy that connects to the people who are looking for you.
|4:00 - 5:00pm||Gaining Recognition in the Genealogical Community: Climbing the Professional Ladder
Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, CG
How does one climb the "corporate ladder" of the professional genealogy community? What are the secrets to being recognized in the genealogy world? It is not as difficult as it may seem. This interactive presentation will focus on joining organizations, volunteering, using unique skills to help the "cause," and much more. With the increasing popularity of genealogy, the field needs professionals willing to step into leadership, educational, and preservation roles. Are you one of those people?
|7:00 - 8:30pm||PMC Reception
Join APG for a conference reception, an excellent opportunity to meet APG leadership and to network with colleagues. The dessert reception will be held from 7:00-8:30pm at the Radisson Hotel Downtown. All PMC attendees, SLIG attendees, and APG members are invited to attend.
|Saturday, 11 January 2104|
|9:00 - 10:30am||Day 2 Welcome
Kimberly Powell, APG President
"Good Name in Man or Woman"– Protecting a Professional Reputation
Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
A professional genealogist’s stock-in-trade is reputation, and in few other occupations is success or failure as dependent on the professional’s good name. Discover how contract language together with intellectual property laws can minimize risks of ethical disputes with clients over your work product, help ensure that the integrity of that work product is maintained, and provide maximum protection for your business name and reputation.
|10:45 - 11:45am||Workshop: Advanced DNA for Professionals - Hour 1: How Professionals Conduct a DNA Study
Thanks to the increasing visibility of DNA in the media, the demand for professionals who can interpret DNA test results is exploding. Attendees will learn to develop a testing plan to meet the unique needs of specific projects, including discussion of various company’s test offerings.
Prerequisite: Due to time constraints, the basics of Y-DNA, mtDNA, and atDNA tests will not be covered. Participants are asked come with a foundational knowledge of all three tests
|Networking for Genealogists: Making Connections Online and in Person
Angela Packer McGhie
Genealogists often work in isolation, but networking with colleagues can benefit your career and business in a variety of ways, including increased opportunities for research, lecturing, writing, and even full-time job openings. Discover a variety of networking examples and suggestions that will give attendees a toolbox of options to meet their various needs.
|11:45am - 1:15pm||Lunch Break|
PMC Luncheon: Saturday’s lunch is open to all PMC attendees. Meals cost $26 per person and must be ordered by 6 January 2014. Meal choices are Grilled Chicken or Eggplant Parmesan (Vegetarian). If you have any special dietary requirements, please (1) register and pay for the Vegetarian meal option and (2) send a request outlining your needs to email@example.com.
The PMC lunch is an excellent opportunity to become acquainted and network with members of APG from across the country.
|1:15 - 2:15pm||Workshop: Advanced DNA for Professionals - Hour 2: Hands-on Analysis of DNA Study Test Results
Receive hands-on instruction in accurately analyzing DNA results from the three major companies and learn the methodology expert genetic genealogists use to organize the vast amount of data that comes with conducting studies. (Hour 2 will build on instruction given in Hour 1.)
|The Pursuit from Genealogy Hobbyist to Professional
Claire V. Brisson-Banks, AG
Just what is a genealogical hobbyist as opposed to a professional genealogist? Discover a step-by-step process facilitating the transition from one to the other, including business plans, types of businesses, costs involved, legal protection, business licenses, business logo registration, and more.
|2:30 - 3:30pm||Workshop: It’s Not a Report. It’s Not a Summary. It’s a Genealogical Narrative!
Your client wants a genealogical narrative that incorporates all of your thorough and expansive research. That's great, but how do you write a genealogical narrative that won't cause your client's enthusiasm for his long-forgotten ancestor to turn into sleep-inducing boredom when reading your narrative? In this workshop, we'll learn about how to structure a riveting narrative. We'll practice drafting; we'll offer and receive feedback; and we'll practice revising. Come ready to write!
|Discovering and Communicating Your Unique Value: Personal Branding for Professional Genealogists
Melissa A. Johnson
As entrepreneurs relying primarily on their individual reputations to do business, professional genealogists need to ensure that their personal brands are seen and heard the way they want them to be. Particularly in an expanding marketplace with increasing competition, professional genealogists need to target their audiences and stand out from the crowd. Learn how to discover your unique value, differentiate yourself, communicate your personal brand, and maintain and evaluate your branding efforts..
|3:45 - 4:45pm||Writing a Genealogy Business Plan
Angela Packer McGhie
Genealogists are more likely to reach their goals and succeed in business if they have a clear vision for their company. This presentation will walk participants through creating (or updating) a personal business plan and defining their company vision, goals and objectives.
Radisson Hotel Downtown
Participants of PMC and/or SLIG can receive discounted rates at the Radisson Hotel -- $87 single or double occupancy, $97 triple, $107 quad. The special conference rate is available from Sunday, 5 January, through Tuesday, 21 January, so feel free to come early or stay a few days longer to explore Salt Lake City or the Family History Library.
In additional to the convenience of staying at the conference hotel, the property features complimentary high-speed internet, pool and fitness center, and refrigerators in each room. The Radisson’s on-site restaurant offers a daily breakfast buffet, a recently updated menu for lunch and dinner, and room service.
Reservations may be made online at www.radisson.com/saltlakecity/slgenealogy or by entering the promotional code SLIG after selecting Salt Lake City and your preferred dates at www.radisson.com. Once you have secured the PMC/SLIG rate page, you may sign in with your Carlson Points number if needed. Alternately, you may call world-wide Radisson reservations, 1-800-967-9033, or the conference hotel directly, 801-531-7500.
Delta Airlines Discount
Delta airlines offers PMC participants a 10% discount on full/non-restricted fares and a 5% discount on discounted/restricted fares when flying within the United States or Canada (not all fares are eligible and some restrictions apply). The discount is available on travel from 5 January 2014 through 25 January 25, 2014.
Reservations and ticketing are available at www.delta.com. Select Meeting Event Code and enter NMG6T in the box provided on the Search Flight page. Reservations may also be made by calling Delta Meeting reservations at 800-328-1111 Mon-Fri 7am-7pm CDT; however, a booking fee applies to telephone reservations.
Whether booking a discounted fare or not, identifying yourself with the event code listed above will assure continued discounts for PMC participants in the future.
Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy
The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) is 13-17 January 2014 – two days after PMC – at the Radisson Hotel Downtown Salt Lake City. SLIG features 10-12 genealogical tracks taught by the field’s foremost experts, offering students at least twenty hours of in-depth instruction on their topic.
Salt Lake City Bus Tour
Join PMC and SLIG participants on a 5-hour bus tour of Salt Lake City on Sunday morning, 12 January. The fully guided tour begins with a live viewing of the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s Music and the Spoken Word broadcast and features a dutch-oven-style lunch at This Is the Place Heritage Park.
Harold Henderson, CG, a professional writer and genealogist, has published more than 50 genealogy articles in publications such as National Genealogical Society Quarterly, American Ancestors Journal, and the NGS Magazine.
Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, CG, was lead researcher for Genealogy Roadshow and is a national speaker, an author, director of Corona, California, FamilySearch Center, and an APG Board Member.
Melissa Johnson, a professional genealogist, writer, and editor, has worked as a communications and marketing consultant to government agencies and corporations. She is the Reviews Editor for the APG Quarterly.
Former APG President J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA, is a full-time professional researcher who has worked on Who Do You Think You Are?, African American Lives 2, Faces of America, uneXplained, and more.
Angela Packer McGhie is the ProGen Study Program administrator, a course coordinator for SLIG, and instructor at IGHR and GRIP. She currently serves on the APG education committee and has published in the APG Quarterly.
Professional genetic genealogist CeCe Moore is the DNA consultant for PBS’s Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. She is co-administrator of FTDNA’s "Adopted Project" and lead genealogy advisor to 23andMe.
Genealogist and 4-time ISFHWE award-winning author Mary Penner specializes in turning ancestral tidbits into cohesive stories and narratives. She won first place in the 2012 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards for best biography.
The Legal Genealogist, Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, provides expert guidance through the murky territory where law, history, and genealogy intersect. She is a BCG Board of Trustees member.
D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS, is the Lead Genealogist for findmypast.com and President of FGS. Joshua has been a featured on Who Do You Think You Are? (US) and Genealogy Roadshow.
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