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2018 APG Professional Management Conference

4–6 October 2018
Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown
Kansas City, Missouri

Register today for APG's Professional Management Conference offering three full days of presentations designed specifically for genealogical professionals.

While you're registering, be sure to mark your calendar for the 2019 PMC, which will be held at the Hotel RL in Salt Lake City, Utah, from 19 to 21 September 2019. This conference will celebrate APG's 40th anniversary.

Note: The presentations at the 2018 PMC will not be live-streamed or recorded.

New Event This Year—Wednesday Bus Tour to the Midwest Genealogy Center at the MidContinent Public Library in Independence
Register for a bus trip to the Midwest Genealogy Center in Independence (about a 20-minute ride) from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 3 October. Get a 45-minute tour of the Center and have about two hours to do some research. Be back to the hotel by 5 p.m. to have dinner on your own and then come to the Dessert Reception. Cost is $20 per person.


 Early Bird (until 03 August 2018)After 03 August 2018
  APG Member Non-Member APG Member Non-Member
Full Conference $350 $450 $450 $500
Thursday Conference only $200 $200 $250 $250
Friday Conference only $200 $200 $250 $250
Saturday Conference only $200 $200 $250 $250
Thursday Lunch Program $32 $32
Friday Lunch Program $32 $32
Saturday Lunch Program $32 $32

Online registration will close Wednesday, September 26, 2018.
After this date, you may register for the conference in person on the day of the conference.

Registration Type:
Wednesday Bus Trip:
Wednesday Dessert Reception:
Thursday Lunch Program:
Friday Lunch Program:
Saturday Lunch Program:
First Time PMC Attendee:
Printed Syllabus:


Attendees can book rooms at the Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown at the special conference rate by using the link below. APG has negotiated a special room rate of $131 per night, plus tax, for Wednesday through Friday nights (3 October through 5 October with departure 6 October). Taxes are 17.1 percent, so the total is approximately $153.40 per night.

For those wishing to come early or stay later, APG has negotiated with the hotel to make the conference rate available two nights before and two nights after the conference, based on availability.

When you use the link below, you’ll be taken to a page that ask you to select your guest type. Choose "Attendee." When you click on "Check In" on the reservation form, the available dates for the conference will automatically come up.

To make your reservation, go to call Krista DeJong, the hotel reservations director, at 816-460-6624. If you have a problem making a reservation online, please call Krista or email her at

For more information on the Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown, visit their website:

Airport Transportation

The hotel does not have an airport shuttle. For transportation options from the airport to the hotel, visit


PMC Schedule

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

1:00 - 5:00pm Bus Tour to Midwest Genealogy Center, pre-registration required
Take a bus to the Midwest Genealogy Center in Independence (about a 20-minute ride). Get a 45-minute tour of the Center and have about two hours to do some research. Be back to the hotel by 5 p.m. to have dinner on your own and then come to the Dessert Reception.
7:00 - 9:00pm Registration and Dessert Reception


Thursday through Saturday: Visit with Our Sponsors in the Hall Outside Salons A through C


Thursday, 4 October 2018

8:00 - 9:00am Outside Ballroom
9:00 - 10:15am Ballroom
Conference Welcome & APG Awards
Billie Stone Fogarty, MEd, APG President

Keynote: Copyrights and Trademarks for the Genealogist
Blaine T. Bettinger, PhD, JD
10:15 - 10:45am Break (1/2 hour)
  Salon A Salon B Salon C
10:45am - 12:00pm Repurpose with a Purpose: The Power of Repurposing Content to Expand Your Genealogy Business
Thomas MacEntee
DNA Testing Plans–Well Worth Your Time
Paul Woodbury
Speaking Track
Successfully Answering the Call for Proposals

Julie Miller, CG®, CGL℠, FNGS
12:00 - 1:30pm Ballroom
Lunch, pre-registration required
A Conversation with the President
Billie Fogarty, MEd., APG President
1:30 - 2:45pm Bigger Than a Brick Wall: Determining the Right Fee to Charge Clients
Kate Eakman
Using Hyperlinks to Declutter Your Research
Brent N. Chadwick
Speaking Track
Andragogy and Genealogy: Understanding the Adult Learners in Your Classroom

Daniel Earl
2:45 - 3:15pm Break (1/2 hour)
3:15 - 4:30pm Accreditation: A Pathway to Becoming A Better Researcher
Diana Elder, AG & Julie Stoddard, AG
A Conversation with Blaine Bettinger
Blaine T. Bettinger, PhD, JD
Speaking Track
Tips for Improving Your Genealogical Lecturing Skills

Paul Milner, FUGA
4:30 - 7:00pm Ballroom
Door Prizes, APG Annual Meeting, Special Event with refreshments
Must be present to win prizes


Friday, 5 October 2018

9:00 - 10:15 Ballroom
Opening Session: Genetic Genealogy and Genealogical Proof–A Balancing Act
Paul Woodbury
10:15 - 10:45am Break (1/2 hour)
  Salon A Salon B Salon C
10:45am - 12:00pm Timelines for Your Business
Shelley Viola Murphy, DM
Write the Class: Build a Course from Start to Finish
Bryna O'Sullivan
Writing and Publishing Track
Genealogical Publishing in the Open Access Age

Ian Watson
12:00 - 1:30pm Ballroom
Lunch, pre-registration required
The Invisible Staircase for Genealogists
Kathleen Brandt
1:30 - 2:45pm Forensic Genealogy: Law & Order Meets Family History
Michael Brophy
Large-Scale Digitization on a Small-Scale Budget: Next-Generation Archiving for Genealogists and Societies
Michael Cassara
Writing and Publishing Track
Putting Ink on Paper

Craig Roberts Scott, CG®, FUGA
2:45 - 3:15pm Break (1/2 hour)
3:15 - 4:30pm Dealing with Identity: Working with Adoptees and the Forcibly Removed
Benjamin Hollister
Knowing Your SEO from Your SMO: A Genealogist's Guide to Digital Marketing
David Ryan
Writing and Publishing Track
Publishing in Journals: What's in it for Me?

Shannon Green, CG®
4:30 - 5:00pm Ballroom
Door Prizes
Must be present to win prizes


Friday - Evening Poster Sessions and Discussion Groups

6:30 - 7:30pm
Salon A

Poster Sessions

A Legacy Discovered: Locating a Family in the Aftermath of the American Civil War
Yvonne C. Emanuel, MPA

A Genealogy Future by Design–Not Accident
Barbara Randall

Showcase Your Skills: Working with Historical Societies and Museums on Exhibits
Joanne M. Sher

Adding Value with Video
Margaret Eves
8:00 - 9:00pm

Discussion Groups

Salon A
Help! I'm Afraid of Public Speaking
Bryna O'Sullivan

Salon B
Go Away, I'm Working
Kate Eakman

Salon C
Editing for Publication
Susan L. Ennis

Establishing Your Genealogy Business
Amy E. K. Arner


Saturday, 6 October 2018

9:00 - 10:15am Ballroom
Opening Session: Doing it for Free: Balancing Your Paid and Volunteer Work
Benjamin Hollister
10:15 - 10:45am Break (1/2 hour)
  Salon A Salon B Salon C
10:45am - 12:00pm Expanding Your Clientele: Genealogical Applications for Historic Preservation
Erick Montgomery
Maintaining and Building an APG Chapter
Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD
20th Century Research Track
Researching an American Soldier in World War One

Craig Roberts Scott, CG®, FUGA
12:00 - 1:30pm Ballroom
Lunch, pre-registration required
Genealogy Travels with Miss Peggy
Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG
1:30 - 2:45pm The Psychology of Searching
Penny Walters, PhD
Who is Joe Ovalle? Working Backwards to Unravel an Alias
Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD
20th Century Research Track
When 'I Do' Meant Losing Your Country and Other Citizenship and Immigration Law Peculiarities

Rich Venezia
2:45 - 3:15pm Break (1/2 hour)
3:15 - 4:30pm Combining DNA and non-DNA Evidence: How a Pony, Census Records, and Unexpected DNA Results Unravel a Family Mystery
Mary Eberle, JD
Developing Multiple Hypotheses to Solve Genealogical Challenges
Jan M. Joyce, PhD
20th Century Research Track
Finding WWII Ancestors in the Archives of the Air Force Historical Research Agency

Kristin Brooks Barcomb
4:30 - 5:00pm Ballroom
Closing Session
Billie Fogarty, MEd, APG President


PMC Details

APG Annual Meeting
PMC attendees are invited to attend the APG Annual Meeting Thursday, 4 October, at 4:30 p.m., immediately following the last session, in the Washington Ballroom. The meeting will review the past year's accomplishments and report on membership statistics, financial statements, educational opportunities, and chapter activities.

Door Prizes
APG will offer door-prize drawings at the conclusion of Thursday's and Friday's sessions. All PMC attendees are eligible for door prizes. You must be present at the drawing to win.

In order to attend the luncheon sessions, you must purchase a ticket. If you have special dietary restrictions, please send an email to no later than 15 August 2018 detailing those needs. We will make every effort to provide appropriate arrangements.

Name Badges
Name badges will show your full name as it is on your registration. Above your name in larger letters will be the first name you go by. If you want a first name on your tag other than the one on your registration, please send an email to

Two official PMC photographers will be taking photos for publicity and for posting on social media, including photos of sessions in progress. These photographers will be identified by an "Official PMC Photographer" ribbon on their name badges. By registering for the conference, you agree to give APG permission to use photographs that include your likeness for publicity and for posting on social media.

Cancellation Policy

Professional Management Conference registration fees will be refunded as follows, upon receipt of written request (e-mail accepted). [APG Policy Manual, Section XVII.V.A and XVII.V.B]

  1. Full refund minus 25% non-refundable administration fee if requested thirty days or more prior to the conference.
  2. No refund for cancellations less than thirty days prior to the conference, but registrants will receive the syllabus.

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