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  • 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.