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2017 APG Professional Management Conference

29 September through 1 October 2017
DoubleTree Crystal City Hotel
Arlington, Virginia

Poster Sessions and Discussion Groups
Saturday 30 September 2017

Scots to Ohio: Mapping the Diaspora
Barbara Ball, CG℠
In the late 1820s, Alexander Forbes and his family moved from the Inverness, Scotland, area to a rural township on the Ohio River, on the southeast boundary of Columbiana County, Ohio. They joined a group of Scots from their old region of Moy and Dalarossie who had arrived within the last 20 years. For a generation or two, this community intermarried and farmed the area. As their families grew and the farms became smaller, some moved into the town of Wellsville for work. In addition, they were less and less likely to marry within the original Scots community. This session presents some graphic representations of this community over the decades, mapping their diaspora and noting the context within which they chose their jobs, mates, and places of residence.

Should I Hire A Translator?
Bryna O'Sullivan and Corey Oiesen
You've successfully brought the client's tree across the border and you are having no problem locating the foreign records - but you can't read them because of a language barrier. Do you hire a local genealogist, use a computer program or word list, or do you hire a translator? Knowing which approach to choose when can help you make your research as successful as possible.

What's in a Name: Clues to Ethnicity and Alternative Spellings
Judy Nimer Muhn
Utilizing the presenter's extensive research of a single Elliot ancestor, this session will explore surname development, changes in naming patterns, and linguistic variations over time and across continents.

Genealogy Publication Creation/Editing/Publishing DOES Benefit Professional Research, Authoring and Speaking
Diane L. Richard
Creating a genealogical publication greatly benefits your professional work. When you provide diverse content on a regular basis - through time, space, record types, and record sources - you vigorously look for unique records in unexpected places. When you educate, you relentlessly dig into matters of local law, history, and records retention. When you present material that all readers, regardless of experience level, understand, you write better proof arguments. When a publication is read by thousands, high standards of presentation, source citation, and proof standards are incorporated. Genealogical publication editing can greatly improve the many skills needed by today's professional genealogists.

Not All Clients are Equal: Screening Your Clients Before You Say Yes!
Char McCargo Bah
Business clients are like a marriage. You just might regret that you said yes! Be careful in your selection. This session will give examples of challenging clients that can hurt your business. Preventive measures will be given to weed out challenging clients and keep your business positive and productive.

"I'm Afraid I Have Bad News": Providing Unpleasant Research Results
Kate Eakman
All genealogists have had projects which did not turn out the way they planned or the client hoped: the Native American ancestor who was from Germany; the Southerner who fought for the Union Army; the ancestor with a murderous past; or the completely negative results project. Then there are the unexpected findings resulting from genetic genealogical research. Presenting negative or unpleasant findings to clients is not something professional genealogists look forward to doing, but it can be done. Beginning with the method of pursuing research to presenting the final report, learn some tried-and-true methods dealing with unpleasant search results.

Discussion Groups

DNA in the Wild West: Managing Adoptees' Expectations and Supporting Their Emotional Journey
Janet Hovorka
This discussion will focus on what happens in adoptive and biological families AFTER the big reveal. Genealogists with new DNA technology wield great power in families that contain adoptions, yet very few genealogists are taking into account the long-term ramifications and the lives that are affected by this important work. In order to avoid problems, genealogy professionals need to understand the emotional journey of the people that they work with and how to best support them through the whole process.

Starting Your Genealogy Business
Jessica M. Taylor
Starting your genealogy business involves a multitude of choices from what should I name it to who should host my website. This is your chance to discuss all those questions with fellow professionals, guided by an experienced genealogical business owner.

Writing for the Consumer Market
Janice Lovelace, PhD
Are you interested in using your genealogy skills to write for the consumer market? Do you know what magazines to approach? What topics are of interest to the general public? How do you sell your expertise to unknown editors? Dr. Lovelace, a former newspaper columnist and published magazine author, offers steps to get you started.

How to Find New Genealogy Clients
Marian Pierre-Louis
One of the most challenging aspects of starting or growing a genealogy business is finding clients. This discussion walks you through beneficial steps to take to help your business grow and flourish.


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