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2015 APG Professional Management Conference

Register today for APG's Professional Management Conference -- offering TWO FULL DAYS of presentations designed just for genealogical professionals. PMC 2015 will feature 16 sessions -- 12 classes and 4 workshops. This page gives you access to:


 Early Bird (until 21 November 2014)After 21 November 2014
  APG Member Non-Member APG Member Non-Member
Full Conference $165 $245 $210 $310
Thursday only $85 $135 $110 $170
Friday only $100 $150 $125 $190
Thursday Lunch** $10
Friday Lunch*** $37

Registration for this event has closed. Walk in registrations will be accepted on site the day of the conference.


PMC Schedule

Thursday, 8 January 2015

8:00 - 9:00am Registration
9:00 - 10:30am Conference Welcome
Kimberly T. Powell, APG President

Keynote: Tim Sullivan, President and Chief Executive Officer,
10:30 - 10:45am Break
10:45 - 11:45am Workshop -- You've Got Options: Many Ways to Cite Right (Part 1)
Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
Taxes and the Professional Genealogist
James M. Beidler
11:45am - 1:15pm Lunch Break
FamilySearch Luncheon
Registration required. See details below.
1:15 - 2:15pm Workshop -- You've Got Options: Many Ways to Cite Right (Part 2)
Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
Finding the Law
Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL
2:15 - 3:00pm Poster Session
3:00 - 4:00pm Workshop -- Measuring Yourself against Standards: A Practical Guide for Improving Your Skills
Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL
Mind Maps for Genealogy
Ron Arons, MBA
4:00 - 4:15pm Break
4:15 - 5:15pm DNA and Genealogical Proof
Angie Bush, MS
5:20 - 6:00pm Thursday Door Prizes & APG Annual Meeting


Friday, 9 January 2015

8:15 - 9:15am Workshop -- You've Got Options: Many Ways to Cite Right (Part 3)
Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
Get Paid for Your Passion: Setting Fees
Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL
9:15 - 9:30am Break
9:30 - 10:30am Professional Writing Foundations: 5 Ways to Improve Your Writing Today
Anastasia Harman
Finding Your Niche: Matching Passion, Professionalism & Pecuniary Interest
James M. Beidler
10:30 - 10:45am Break
10:45 - 11:45am How to Have Difficult Conversations with Clients and Colleagues
Christina Grover
11:45am - 1:15pm Lunch Break
APG Buffet Luncheon
Registration required. See details below.
1:15 - 2:15pm Get in Print: How Self-Publishing Can Work for the Professional Genealogist
Thomas MacEntee
Time Management: Successfully Balancing the Demands of Our Many "Clients"
Angela Packer McGhie
2:15 - 3:00pm Poster Session
3:00 - 4:00pm Genealogy Professionals Needed: Help Adoptees Discover their Genealogical Roots with DNA
CeCe Moore
Organizing Your Research and Writing with Scrivener
Kimberly T. Powell
4:00 - 4:15pm Break
4:15 - 5:15pm So You Want to Be a Genealogical Speaker
Billie Fogarty, M. Ed.
5:15 - 5:30pm PMC Closing and Friday Door Prizes
7:00 - 8:30pm APG Dessert Reception
SLC Hilton Hotel Downtown


PMC Details

Classes and Workshops
For details on PMC's 16 classes and workshops, as well as speaker bios, please visit the PMC Class Descriptions page.

APG Annual Meeting
PMC attendees are invited to attend the APG Annual Meeting, being held on Thursday, 8 January, immediately following the day's last session. The meeting will overview the past year's accomplishments, report on membership statistics, financial statements, educational opportunities, and chapter activities.

Poster Sessions
New for 2015, Poster Sessions at PMC provide professional genealogists an informal, interactive opportunity to showcase research, share work, and exchange ideas. Attendance at Poster Sessions are included in the PMC registration fees. For more information on Poster Sessions or instructions for submitting a proposal, please see our Poster Sessions page.

FamilySearch Luncheon
PMC 2015 diamond-level sponsor FamilySearch is supplementing the cost of lunch on Thursday, 8 January -- making this plated lunch just $10 per person. Seats are limited, so we recommend early registration to reserve your lunch seat.

David Rencher, FamilySearch Chief Genealogical Officer, will present "Do Online Trees Have a Place in the Professional Genealogists Toolkit?" Love 'em, hate 'em, online trees are here to stay, and, yes, they can be disseminated at lightning speeds. What should the professional genealogical community do to help educate and improve the quality of the information shared?

The FamilySearch luncheon is open to APG members who have registered for PMC. Registrants can choose either Chicken Saltimbocca or Marinated Portobello (Vegetarian). Luncheon registrants with special dietary requirements (Vegan, gluten-free, and other) should send an email by 15 December 2014 detailing their needs to, so that we can make appropriate arrangements ahead of PMC. Meals will be sold until 15 December 2014 or until the lunch is sold out.

PMC Buffet Luncheon
The PMC Buffet Luncheon on Friday, 9 January, is open to all PMC attendees. Meals cost $37 per person and must be ordered by: 15 December 2014. The PMC lunch is an excellent opportunity to become acquainted with and to network with members of APG from across the country.

The PMC luncheon buffet will include several salads, side dishes, two entrée choices, dessert, and beverage service. The buffet choices will include vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. If you have additional special dietary restrictions, please send an email by 15 December 2014 detailing those needs to, so that we can make appropriate arrangements ahead of PMC.

APG Reception
Join APG for a complimentary dessert reception on Friday, 9 January, from 7-8:30 pm, an excellent opportunity to meet APG leadership and to network with colleagues and other APG members. All PMC registrants are invited to the APG reception, which will feature a cash bar.

Door Prizes
APG will be holding door-prize drawings at the conclusion of each day at 5:15. All PMC attendees are eligible for door prizes; raffle tickets will be distributed when you check in at PMC. Winners must be present to claim their door prize.

Lodging Information

PMC and SLIG are again partnering to offer attendees overnight rooms at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center at a special room-rate of $129 per night (single/double/triple/quad). This room rate is for overnight stays between 4 January and 21 January 2015. To guarantee this rate, reserve your room online at You may also contact the Hilton Salt Lake at (801) 328-2000 and reference the code SLI to obtain the rate. (Please note that you MUST reference SLI to receive the discounted rate.) You may make reservations at this special rate through 10 December 2014. Rooms at this rate are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so early reservations are recommended. If you have any challenges or questions, please email the APG Executive Director. Your email will be forwarded to a hotel liaison.

Booking a room in the APG/SLIG room block includes complimentary wireless Internet access in your guestroom and complimentary self-parking. Staying at the host hotel is an important way to support the association and ultimately keep overall meeting costs as low as possible. APG/SLIG commits to a block of rooms at these hotels on behalf of conference attendees and has a financial obligation to fill those blocks. Please help us to avoid potential penalties and control costs for future events by staying at the official hotel. Staying within the block is also more convenient and helps you stay connected with the informal activities and networking opportunities that occur at the hotel during the conference.

Information about the Hilton Salt Lake City Center may be found at A credit card is required to hold your reservation, but no charges are required at the time of reservation. If you are unable to keep your reservation, you will need to cancel at least 24 hours prior to your planned check-in to avoid penalties that will be charged to your card. There is also an early departure fee of $50 if your stay is shortened after check-in.

Other Activities

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy 2015
The 2015 Salt Lake institute of Genealogy will be held 12-16 January 2015 at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center Hotel. SLIG offers week-long immersion into a specific genealogical topic. Many tracks are interactive and highlight on-site research at the Family History Library (FHL) as well as one-on-one consultations with the course coordinators and instructors. These individuals are genealogical experts and provide guidance and insight that may help you overcome brick walls and move forward with your research.

Find more details about SLIG courses and registration at

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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National Institute for Genealogical Studies: Each PMC attendee will receive a complimentary registration to online professional-development course "Business Skills: Business Administration" from The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. This course ($89 value) can be taken as a stand-alone course or as a credit towards the National Institute's Professional Development Certificate program.

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