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2020 APG Professional Management Conference

The Association of Professional Genealogists will hold its 22nd annual APG Professional Management Conference on Thursday, 15 October, through Saturday, 17 October 2020, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton, Portland Washington Square, in beautiful Portland, Oregon.

Call for Presentations

Deadline 14 December 2019

APG is now accepting proposals for the following categories of presentations for the 2020 APG Professional Management Conference:

As they were in 2019, PMC presentations will be somewhat longer than the traditional 50 minutes, plus questions, to allow in-depth exploration of a topic. Topics should challenge professional genealogists to evaluate and improve their current businesses, increase their genealogical skills, and meet the demands of the 21st century client. Prospective presenters are encouraged to consider creative ways to educate and inspire professional genealogists. While there is still room for traditional lectures, we are particularly looking for proposals that will allow more interaction among attendees to tap the expertise of the professionals attending the presentation and to delve more deeply into a topic.

Proposed presentations should be new and geared to the professional genealogist.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Successful proposals will offer in-depth, innovative, unique, and out-of-the-box approaches to topics and to presentation and teaching methods. Presentations that feature case studies and practical examples, or that offer hands-on learning or discussion, are encouraged as they offer powerful learning opportunities for attendees.


Half of the attendees at previous PMCs have been professional genealogists for three to twenty years. Fifty percent hold a master's or doctoral degree, 47 percent are lecturers themselves, and 34 percent are genealogical authors and writers. Almost all attendees offer genealogical research services for clients, and many hold or have held leadership positions in local, state, and national genealogical societies.

Successful proposals will recognize the knowledge, professionalism, and accomplishments of attendees and will seek to take their skills to the next level.


Presentations must be new and original. They should not have been presented prior to the 2020 PMC other than at the local level. Individuals who submit multiple proposals will be considered for multiple presentations. Proposals from non-APG members will be considered.

Submit proposals via email to in PDF format. Proposals are due by Saturday, 14 December 2019.

Proposals must include the following:


Presenters giving lectures or workshops will receive

Presenters leading discussion groups will receive:
$75 for a one-hour discussion group led by one or more individuals
$50 for a half-hour moderated discussion for a roundtable presentation

Presenters providing poster sessions will receive:
A 50 percent discount on PMC registration

Presenters giving pre-PMC webinars will receive:
$300 for a 1-hour webinar

All presentation proposals will be considered for keynote or opening session spots.

APG does not pay separate hotel costs.

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