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  • 19 Oct 2022 by APG Webmaster

    The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the world’s largest association for the genealogical profession, is pleased to name Michelle Dwyer Cohen of Poulsbo, Washington, as its next Executive Director. Cohen succeeds Kathleen W. Hinckley, CG, who will retire on 31 January 2023 after 27 years as Executive Director.

     

    Cohen brings more than thirty years of project management experience to her new role, as well as a familiarity with the world of genealogy. A former Executive Director with JP Morgan Chase, she managed a global team of project managers responsible for implementing multi-million-dollar projects for various divisions within the Global Investment Bank.

     

    "We are delighted to announce the hiring of Michelle Dwyer Cohen as our next Executive Director,” said APG President Annette Burke Lyttle. “Michelle is an accomplished executive with extensive experience in organizational management and membership engagement on an international level. We are excited to have her on board.” Cohen is a graduate of Cornell University (BA, Cum Laude) and New York University (MBA, Marketing and International Business).

     

    Read the full press release at https://silkstart.s3.amazonaws.com/5bfd981e-12c7-4248-9fbd-5773735d0c6e.pdf.

  • 18 Oct 2022 by APG Webmaster

    APG is proud to offer a series of live virtual presentations aimed at educating and promoting the professional growth of our members. All programs are presented on the Zoom platform and are free to members and the public. Closed captioning will be available. APG members can access recordings of past webinars in the Member Portal. The final two webinars of the year are:

     

    8 November 2022
    Organizing Your Genealogical Education and News Alerts
    Kelli Bergheimer
    5:00pm - 6:30pm EST; 22:00pm London; 23:00pm Amsterdam; 9:00am (12/16) Sydney

    With so many conferences, events, and webinars, how can you organize your genealogical education? Develop an education folder, make a yearly focused plan, build a document with conference and webinar links, track upcoming events, due dates, webinar links, and news alerts. Consider a digital notebook to keep your syllabi and organize your next institute course. Closed captioning will be available.

     

    Register

     

    15 December 2022
    Workshop: Creating a Five-Year Plan Shellee Morehead

    5:00pm - 7:00pm EST; 22:00pm London; 23:00pm Amsterdam; 9:00am (12/16) Sydney

    Thinking about the next five years may seem daunting but having a road map to your professional goals helps you focus on achieving them, regardless of the changes around you. In this workshop, we will begin with a vision of where you want to be in five years, set goals, imagine what your job might look like, and learn how to build a manageable plan. Closed captioning will be available.

    Register

     

  • 15 Oct 2022 by APG Webmaster

    On-demand recordings from the 2022 Virtual Professional Management Conference (PMC) are now available! If you missed this year’s conference or want to rewatch any sessions, you can purchase on-demand access at https://www.playbackapg.com/apg2201  and view the sessions at your convenience through April 30, 2023. Closed captioning is available for all recordings.

    There are several options for ordering on-demand recordings from this year’s PMC:

     

    --Individual sessions can be ordered for $20 each. Click the “All Sessions” tab to browse sessions and select your choices. Available to view immediately upon purchase on your Dashboard.

    --Full conference package: Order all 21 conference recordings for $300. Available to view immediately upon purchase on your Dashboard.

    --“Pick 5” or “Pick 10” packages: Customize a group of sessions that fit your interests by choosing 5 sessions ($80) or 10 sessions ($140). When you select either of these options at checkout, you will receive an e-mail from the Playback Now Customer Experience Team with the link to select your sessions. Upon submitting your 5 or 10 selections, please allow up to 24-48 hours to add the selections to your account. You will be notified once your sessions are available to view.

     

    To view a list of sessions or to order, visit https://www.playbackapg.com/apg2201.

  • 16 May 2022 by APG Webmaster

    The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) welcomes you to our second virtual Professional Management Conference (PMC).

     

    Join us 21–24 September 2022 on the Whova platform – an all-in-one, dynamic, and interactive platform for the 2022 Virtual PMC How to Pivot: Genealogy in a Changing World.

     

    David Rencher, AG®, CG®, FUGA, FIGRS, will open the PMC with his keynote presentation on the future of professional genealogy. Over the course of 3½ days, choose from 21 presentations and three workshops by 23 well-known genealogy professionals including Judy G. Russell, JD, CG®, CGLSM, J. Mark Lowe, FUGA, Cathie Sherwood, Paul Woodbury, AG®, and Colleen Robledo Greene, MLIS. The program includes topics on business management, education, accounting/finance, DNA, technology, and speaking.

     

    Sessions will be 75 minutes each, a 60-minute presentation allowing for in-depth exploration of the topic, followed by a 15-minute question and answer period. Closed Captioning will be available via live Zoom captioning and on the recordings.

     

    Be sure to tune in during the dedicated times for socializing and networking and join the fun of Speed Networking and Round Table Sessions.

     

    The member price for full PMC registration is $175.00. In accordance with their commitment to inclusiveness, the APG Board of Directors has set a lower PMC registration price than in previous years. There is no reduction in the quantity of or quality of the PMC offerings – just simply attractive member pricing, making it more affordable for members to attend.

     

    Workshops

    APG is pleased to offer three workshops this year. Each workshop will be 2½ hours long providing plenty of time for interactive, and actionable learning. There is a nominal fee of $20.00 per workshop, in addition to the PMC registration fee. Workshop attendees must be registered for the PMC in order to participate. Seats will be limited, please see workshop descriptions for capacity numbers.

     

    If an attendee chooses one or more workshops, they will still have the ability to view any missed sessions as recordings.

     

    Recordings

    All sessions (except workshops) will be recorded. A total of 15 sessions can be viewed in real time during the PMC and the remaining 6 sessions or any missed sessions can be viewed as recordings for up to 30 days after the PMC. Closed Captioning will be available on the recordings.

     

    After the conclusion of the PMC presentations will be available for individual sale until 15 April 2023 with personal viewing access until 30 April 2023.

     

    Visit  https://www.apgen.org/cpages/2022-pmc-program for the complete Program. 

     

    Go to https://www.apgen.org/events/2022-professional-management-conference to register.

     

  • 09 May 2022 by APG Webmaster

    Clients expect a professional genealogist to have skills, experience and knowledge in a wide variety of areas: repository research, historical laws, nuances of record types in your locality or area of specialty, DNA, time management and organization skills, and strong communication skills.

     

    The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) is an international not-for-profit 501(c)(6) professional organization that helps young professionals improve their genealogy proficiency and experience through ongoing training and practice by focusing on Genealogical Skills and Knowledge, Connections, and Business Skills.

     

    APG offers a 50% discount on the annual membership to all young professionals under 30. Young professionals also receive the benefits of a full membership; including leadership and networking opportunities, discounts, access to APG Quarterly and archives, and more.

     

    Whether you are working towards a career in genealogy or taking your passion for family history research to the next step, APG helps young professionals prepare for success.

     

    Young Professional Membership: $60 annually (payable online)

     

    Apply online at apgen.org/join.

     

  • 07 Mar 2022 by APG Webmaster

    Did you want to submit a proposal for the 2022 Virtual Professional Management Conference but needed more time, or did you enjoy RootsTech so much that you have completely lost track of time? Well, we have good news for you! The deadline for proposal submissions has been extended through 13 March 2022. So don’t fret, you’ve still got some time to get those submissions in!

    For more information visit our website

    Ready to submit? Visit https://www.apgen.org/cpages/pmc-proposals  

    Questions? apgpmc@apgen.org

  • 10 Feb 2022 by APG Webmaster

    Deadline Quickly Approaching!
    APG Call for Presentations for the
    2022 Virtual Professional Management Conference
    How to Pivot: Genealogy in a Changing World

     

    The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) will hold its 23rd annual Professional Management Conference (PMC) How to Pivot: Genealogy in a Changing World on the 21st – 24th September 2022. The PMC will be held virtually on an all-in-one, dynamic, and interactive platform providing a plenitude of features, attendee engagement, and networking.

     

    Call for Presentations

    APG is now accepting proposals for creative, interactive, and actionable learning presentations geared towards changes within the world of professional genealogy. Proposals from international members are encouraged.

    PMC presentations are longer than the traditional format of 50 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of questions, to allow in-depth exploration of a topic.

    • Lectures are 75 minutes, which includes time for questions from attendees.
    • Workshops or Panel Discussions are 150 minutes (2.5 hours) which includes time for activities or class interaction.

    Suggested Topics:

    Suggested topics focused on the theme How to Pivot: Genealogy in a Changing World include, but are not limited to:

    • Changes in research methodology
    • Diversifying your product offerings
    • Changes due to the Covid-19 pandemic
    • Tools to improve workflow
    • Project management software
    • Creating and using templates
    • Business formation
    • Mentoring
    • Advanced marketing and publicity strategies
    • Social media marketing
    • Rewriting your business plan
    • Shifting a client from potential to actual
    • Managing a business with employees or subcontractors
    • Creating client friendly reports (not academic-style research reports)
    • Ethical considerations
    • Beyond basic accounting – i.e., best practices for accepting non-cash payments and best practices for working internationally and with different currencies

    Submission Details: 

     APG prefers new and original presentations geared to professional genealogists. Prospective speakers may submit up to four (4) proposals (lectures, workshops, or panels). APG will consider proposals from non-APG members.

     Proposals must include the following:

    • Name, address, phone number, and email address of the presenter(s)
    • Title of the presentation or workshop
    • Summary of the presentation or workshop
    • Detailed description of the presentation or workshop
    • How does the presentation or workshop meet the demands and changes faced by professional genealogists? (50 to 75 words)
    • Presenter(s) biography
    • Presenter experience: list of presentations given in the last 18 months, including topic, audience, and location, live or virtual.
    • Indicate whether or not you are willing to have your presentation recorded for possible broadcast and/or sale. (Granting permission does not guarantee your presentation will be recorded or broadcast.)

    Click here for online submission form. Please complete the form and include a PDF attachment including all the above requirements. One proposal per submission. Name the PDF file with your surname and the presentation title, for example: SMITH Starting a Genealogical Business.

    For details regarding our compensation policy, click here.

    Deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, 4 March 2022.

    If you have any questions, please email the conference coordinators at apgpmc@apgen.org

  • 08 Dec 2021 by APG Webmaster

    Did you miss the live Virtual Professional Management Conference? Individual sessions are available for sale at  https://www.apgreplay.org/. Each session comes with their individual syllabus material. Cost is $30.00 per session and available for viewing until 30 April 2022.

    Presentations from the 2021 VPMC are listed below. To see the session descriptions go to https://www.apgen.org/cpages/2021-pmc-program.

    • Carla S. Cegielski - Must-Haves for Your Genealogy Business Website
    • Joy Curtiss - Planning for Success! Creating a Simple Business & Marketing Plan for Your Genealogy Business
    • Risa Daitzman Heywood - Simple Sales Strategies for Professional Genealogists – Turning Prospects into Clients
    • Michael J. Leclerc, CG® - 10 Tips for Becoming a Successful Writer
    • J. Mark Lowe - Juggling Complex Projects While Staying on Track & on Time
    • Annette Burke Lyttle - The Business of Genealogical Speaking
    • Annette Burke Lyttle - What is Soft Marketing and Why Should We Care?
    • David McDonald, DMin   - So, You Wanna Be a Speaker
    • David McDonald, DMin - The APG Code of Ethics & Professional Practices
    • Paul Milner, FUGA, MDiv   - Presentation Skills and Options for a Virtual World
    • Paul Milner, FUGA, MDiv - Building Your Professional Genealogical Network – Virtually and In-person
    • Jill K. Morelli, CG® - So You Want to Teach an Online Course
    • Judy G. Russell, JD, CG®, CGLSM   - Maybe You Shouldn't Care about Copyright
    • Judy G. Russell, JD, CG®, CGLSM   - General Contractor: Building Blocks of a Good Agreement
    • Craig Roberts Scott, CG®, FUGA - A Stool with Five Legs
    • Lauri Jean Swett - Five Plans for Professional Success

    Important Notice on Copyright and Rebroadcast Restrictions

    All recorded sessions are for the purchaser’s individual, personal, non-commercial use only. Sharing or copying the broadcast or recordings is prohibited and risks infringing the copyright of the speaker(s).

    Cancellation Policy

    All sales are final and cannot be canceled or exchanged.

  • 03 Nov 2021 by APG Webmaster

    Award Season is here! Nominations are open for APG members to submit nominations for:

    Laura G. Prescott Award

    APG Professional Achievement Award

    Certificates of Appreciation

    Further information about APG’s awards, the eligibility, criteria and selection. as well as the nomination form, please see the website at  https://www.apgen.org/cpages/awards. Please logon the website to access the nomination form. It is accessible in the Membership Resources menu.

     

  • 29 Apr 2021 by APG Webmaster

    The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) is excited to announce the appointment of Dawn Carey Henry and Jenna Lemay as PMC Co-Coordinators. As Co-Coordinators, Dawn and Jenny will lead the 2022 and 2023 conferences.

     

    Dawn Carey Henry is a professional genealogist and founder of Discover Your Roots, a family history and genealogical research company. Dawn is an experienced event and conference planner who has successfully designed and coordinated many genealogy events, including multiple conferences for the Illinois State Genealogical Society and the Fox Valley Genealogical Society. 

     

    Jenna Lemay is a professional genealogist and digital archives technician at the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre in Ontario, Canada. Jenna is currently involved with planning the annual conference for the Archives Association of Ontario where she is working with businesses to help bring the conference a local feel despite its online nature.

     

    "As your Association continues to envision its future, I'm especially pleased to welcome Dawn and Jenna as our new conference coordinators,” said APG President David McDonald. “I'm looking forward to their work in making our Professional Management Conference the premier event for genealogy professionals. Their interests, experience and abilities in the tasks before them will make the PMC a "must-see" event that is worth our members' time and treasure. We're fortunate to welcome them to the task!"

     

    As PMC Co-Coordinators, Henry and Lemay will be responsible for producing the Professional Management Conference from concept through completion. Their leadership, oversight, and coordination of the conference will anchor the association’s educational offerings and provide interaction and networking for professional genealogists. Their insights as professional genealogists and members of APG paired with their conference planning experience will pave the way for successful Professional Management Conferences. 

  • 21 Apr 2021 by APG Webmaster

    Are you looking to improve your genealogy business? 

    Have you attended conferences and institutes and find yourself ready to take the leap from genealogy hobbyist to professional? 

    Are you ready to connect with clients who are eager to work with you and pay professional rates?

    If you answered “yes” to any of these questions and are seriously considering becoming a professional, the APG Professional Management Conference is a MUST. While many genealogy conferences, webinars, and institutes focus on research and methodology, the Professional Management Conference teaches genealogy professionals how to more effectively run their businesses. Classes cover a wide range of business topics taught by some of the most well-respected professionals in the industry. 

    This year will feature sixteen virtual presentations and many opportunities to network with other professionals. Presentations will be offered over 3 different sessions: August 24-25, September 21-22, and October 19-20. Each session will be followed by on-demand access to presentation recordings for 10 days.

    Registration is open to all interested individuals and early-bird discounts are available until July 15. If you decide to join APG and sign up for the whole conference, you will have access to a $120 discount. 

    Presentations include:

    August Session

    • A Stool with Five Legs
    • So, You Wanna Be a Speaker
    • The Business of Genealogical Speaking
    • Presentation Skills and Options for a Virtual World

    September Session

    • Planning for Success! Creating a Simple Business & Marketing Plan for Your Genealogy Business
    • Simple Sales Strategies for Professional Genealogists – Turning Prospects into Clients
    • Maybe You Shouldn't Care About Copyright
    • Juggling Complex Projects While Staying on Track & on Time
    • The APG Code of Ethics & Professional Practices
    • Must-Haves for Your Genealogy Business Website

    October Session

    • Five Plans for Professional Success
    • General Contractor: Building Blocks of a Good Agreement
    • 10 Tips for Becoming a Successful Writer
    • Building Your Professional Genealogical Network – Virtually and In-person
    • So You Want to Teach an Online Course
    • What is Soft Marketing and Why Should We Care?

    All attendees will also have access to two bonus pre-recorded lectures: ABCs of Accounting for a Genealogy Business and Using & Benefiting from APG’s Continuing Professional Education Requirement.

    We hope you will join us for this exciting event where we will learn how to build better genealogy businesses. To learn more about the conference and register, visit https://www.apgen.org/events/2021-professional-management-conference

    If you’re looking to join APG to have access to conference discounts in addition to a subscription to the APGQ, a listing in our member directory, and more, visit https://www.apgen.org/join

  • 16 Apr 2021 by APG Webmaster

    The National Coalition for History (NCH) has sent a letter to APG advising us that they are working with Congressmen to gain additional funding for the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). They are asking our members to send letters to their representatives in support of the increased funding.

     

    Additional details, as well as the letter, is available at https://historycoalition.org/2021/04/15/tell-the-house-to-support-increased-fy22-funding-for-the-national-archives-and-nhprc/

  • 02 Mar 2021 by APG Webmaster

    The Association of Professional Genealogists is seeking two enthusiastic, innovative, successful, and detail-oriented individuals to work together to manager our Professional Management Conference from concept through completion. This event anchors the association’s yearly event which provides education and interaction for its members.

    Role and Responsibilities:

    The Co-Coordinators provide organization, leadership, interaction, oversight, and coordination with the related committee.  In conjunction with the assigned committees develop, plan, and execute various tasks to present a quality on-site or virtual event. Exhibits excellent  organizational skills, including multitasking, time management, and meticulous attention to detail.

    • Develop conference focus based on APG’s goals and strategic plans.
    • Create a team of committees, namely publications, publicity, marketing, program development, registration, venue, and web presence.
    • Cooperate with the committees to assist them in accomplishing their goals.
    • Develop both a short term and long-term timeline.
    • Examine, review, and modify the project’s budget for the appropriate expenses and revenue.
    • Organize
      • for on-site, analyze facilities, hotel contracts, arrangements of room assignments, meal planning, welcome packages, and audio/visual arrangements.
      • for virtual, arrangements of live broadcasts, and webinars. 
    • Develop conference activities for on-site, centered around such things as library tours or round table discussions.
    • Collaborate with contractors and vendors.
    • Specify, assemble, organize, and train volunteer for event.
    • Proactively handle any arising issues and troubleshoot any emerging problems prior to and on the days of the event.
    • Prepare monthly reports to the APG Executive Director.
    • Conduct an after-event survey with participants, speakers, and committees.

    Preferred Qualifications and Skills:

    • Applicants hold a bachelor’s degree in suggested areas like business, communications, or hospitality. 
    • Can demonstrate previous conference planning experiences.
    • Has strong interpersonal and communication skills.

    Compensation:

    Both Event Co-Coordinators are independent contractor (non-employee). Compensation range is $4,000 to $7,000, plus reimbursement for approved expenses, complimentary PMC registration, and APG membership.  

    Interested candidates should send an introductory letter and resume to executive director, Kathleen W. Hinckley, admin@apgen.org by 15 March 2021.
     

  • 09 Nov 2020 by APG Webmaster

    APG is now accepting diverse genealogical proposals geared to assisting and motivating professional genealogists to Build a Better Business.  This conference is a virtual event.

    PMC sessions will be offered 2 days in each of the months of August, September, and October 2021.  Each month will include six virtual presentations and one workshop/panel discussion with time to network with other attendees.

    • 24 and 25 August 2021
    • 21 and 22 September 2021
    • 19 and 20 October 2021

    Presentations are 75 minutes, which includes time for questions from attendees. Workshops or Panel Discussions are 150 minutes (2.5 hours) which includes time for activities or class interaction.

    Topics of Interest: Suggested topics include these business skills but are not limited to:

    • Adapting to the current business climate
    • Business forms
    • Business writing
    • Client communications and relations
    • Exploring career options
    • Financial management
    • Marketing and branding strategies
    • Networking and mentoring
    • Project management
    • Time management

    APG will record the presentations. Royalties apply. Please review the compensation policy before submitting proposals. 

    Compensation policy:

    • The speaker will receive $350 per lecture or $575 per workshop.
    • All speakers receive a full complimentary conference registration and complimentary syllabus.
    • APG will provide a conference platform (Zoom).
    • Because of the virtual platform, speakers do not receive compensation for travel or meals.
    • Accepted speakers will supply APG quality syllabus material for the presentation or workshop in the format requested in the contract. If provided by the stated deadline, the speaker will receive an additional $50 per lecture or $75 per workshop or panel discussion.  
    • Speakers grant permission for recording the lecture(s) or workshop.
    • Speakers grant permission for APG to sell the lecture after the conference for a period to end 1 April 2022.
    • Speakers will receive a royalty of $1.75 per recording sold after the presentation.  

    Submission Details: Prospective speakers may submit up to four (4) proposals (lectures or workshops). APG prefers new and original presentations. APG will consider proposals from non-APG members.

    Proposals are due by Friday, 4 December 2020. To read the Call for Presentations, visit to https://www.apgen.org/cpages/pmc-call. To submit a proposal, go to https://www.apgen.org/cpages/pmc-proposals.

  • 28 Oct 2020 by APG Webmaster

    The Great Plains Chapter is pleased to announce its first scholarship recipient. The chapter awarded a one-year membership to the Greater Omaha Genealogical Society (GOGS) and registration for the GOGS virtual conference held October 10th, featuring Michael Lacopo, to Halee Dischinger. She is interested in verifying her family stories and legends. Halee believes that she can recover the stories of her ancestors, especially the women who have been lost to time, through genealogy.

     

    The Omaha Public Library’s genealogical programs helped her pursue that interest during the past two years. Halee said it was “nice to find other people like me” at the conference and that she wants to attend future conferences. Her favorite session was Lacopo’s lecture about Pennsylvania, from which she learned about the important of land records. Her biggest takeaway was to always double-check information to make sure it is accurate. For her next project, Halee hopes to find her grandfather’s birth family.

     

    She is currently studying cybersecurity at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha. When Halee is not working on her family tree, she enjoys sewing, baking, reading, and ghost hunting.

     

    For more information about the Great Plains Chapter, see https://www.apgen.org/cpages/chapters-greatplains.

  • 15 Oct 2020 by APG Webmaster

    APG Free Webinar – Chart Your Own Course: Education Plans for Genealogists

    Date: 19 Oct 2020
    Time: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm EDT

    Register for this upcoming free webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/372558924322470913
     

    Do you find you've become more of a genealogical teacher than learner? Have you been sharpening your skills in some areas but ignoring others? Nothing increases research quality and productivity more than thorough knowledge, and yet many accomplished genealogists worry about spending time and/or money on their own education. Exploring the wide range of today's new learning opportunities can not only help you broaden your own professional reach but also help you provide up-to-date educational advice for clients. If you are newer to genealogy, this is a great time to create the best education plan for you.

     

    About the Presenter: Diane MacLean Boumenot is a New England genealogist with a degree in History from Wesleyan University. The author, with Maureen Taylor, of the 2018 NGS Research in the States volume on Rhode Island, Diane has lectured through Legacy Family Tree Webinars and at the New England Regional Genealogical Conference. She is a graduate of ProGen 28 and Coordinator of ProGen 40. Diane has had a long career in association management and also volunteers with several New England genealogical societies.

  • 13 Sep 2020 by APG Webmaster

    Date: 14 Sep 2020
    Time: 8:00pm - 9:30pm EDT

    Learn how to use Scrivener to help plan, organize, write, and publish various types of genealogical projects. In this lecture, you will how to set up your project, navigate Scrivener’s various tools and features, plan and organize your research, write, revise, and export.

     

    About the Presenter: Kimberly Powell is a genealogical researcher, author, editor, and volunteer. Kimberly was the Genealogy Expert with About.com (http://genealogy.about.com) for sixteen years. She is the author of several books, including most recently "The Challenge of Endogamy and Pedigree Collapse" in Advanced Genetic Genealogy: Techniques and Case Studies and The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy, 3rd edition (Adams Media, 2014). She has also contributed to several popular genealogy magazines. Kimberly is an instructor at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), and the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), as well as in the online Genealogical Research Certificate course offered through Boston University.

  • 24 Jul 2020 by APG Webmaster

    The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) has selected Michael J. Leclerc, CG, of Boston, Massachusetts, as managing editor of its quarterly publication, Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly. APGQ has served the genealogy community since 1979 with staff-written and contributed articles covering all aspects of the profession.

     

    A 25-year professional in the field, Leclerc worked at The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), Mocavo, and Findmypast before founding Genealogy Professor, a website that offers education to genealogists of various levels, including master classes, podcasts, and consultations. A past board member of APG and the Federation of Genealogical Societies, he has taught family history in many contexts, including as a part of Boston University’s genealogy program for more than a decade.

     

    Leclerc is author of numerous articles for scholarly journals, popular magazines, and several books. He wrote the “Crafting Family Histories” chapter for Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice, and Standards. In 2019 he published Benjamin Franklin’s Family, Volume 1: English Ancestors. At NEHGS, he was a contributing editor for American Ancestors magazine, and a consulting editor for the Register.

     

    “We welcome Michael Leclerc as managing editor of the APGQ,” said APG President David McDonald. “His experience in the field and writing talent will be valuable assets to the Quarterly. We also thank outgoing managing editor, Mary Penner, for her service and for creating a digital library of past issues of our journal.”

     

    As managing editor, Leclerc will be responsible for the overall production of the APGQ and maintaining its quality content and style. “APGQ is the flagship publication for professionals wanting to improve their businesses,” said Leclerc. “I look forward to working with the contributors to continue to bring the variety and depth of articles that professional genealogists have come to expect. Thank you, APG, for the opportunity.”

     

    For more information on APGQ, see https://www.apgen.org/cpages/apgq.

  • 28 Mar 2020 by APG Webmaster

    At a special meeting of the APG board held Thursday, 26 March 2020, we made the difficult, yet unanimous, decision to cancel our 2020 PMC in Portland, scheduled for mid-October. Financially, our penalty for canceling this far in advance is one we can endure. The risk of waiting too long to cancel is too great for us to chance. With so many uncertainties, and a large number of genealogical events and programs being canceled or delayed, we felt this was the best and most certain way to manage our situation.

     

    We are currently evaluating options related to an alternative form of conference or webinar series for us as genealogical professionals that might be assembled in lieu of an in-person gathering. Further information will be forthcoming. We look forward to preparing and presenting an outstanding conference, in whatever form, as we are able.

     

    Thank you for your continued support of APG. We are grateful to the prospective speakers for their understanding of this difficult choice. Thanks to Judy Muhn and her committee for the work already committed. Thanks to Kathy Hinckley, our Executive Director, for her help in making the conference work go smoothly and efficiently, as well.

     


    Be safe, and stay healthy.


    David McDonald

    President, APG

  • 24 Mar 2020

    Dear Friends and Fellow Members of APG:

    With regret, but resolve, APG has decided it must forego its participation in the planned conference at Salt Lake City in May, to be presented by the National Genealogical Society. We will neither host a booth nor sponsor a luncheon there, in keeping with recent guidance around reducing group sizes and social distancing necessary to combat the spread of COVID-19.

    You all know the precautions to take to minimize risks for transmission of the disease. Please take them seriously. Wash your hands. Clean your keyboards and handheld devices. Maintain your distance from others in public settings. Eat healthy foods. Drink plenty of fluids. Rest. (Use the enforced downtime to work on projects you've long been delaying or ignoring.) Be attentive to changes in your health and in those with whom you share close quarters.

    Be safe. Be well. Be whole.

    David McDonald, President

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