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2018 APG Professional Management Conference

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

PMC Classes and Workshops
Saturday 6 October 2018

OPENING SESSION – Doing it for Free: Balancing Your Paid and Volunteer Work
Benjamin Hollister
Nearly every professional genealogist is a member of a volunteer-focused group or society. It’s key to our professional development, but as we develop the call on our knowledge grows and often the calls start to encroach on our suite of professional services. This presentation looks at how to draw the line, ethically, morally and financially and how to manage the conversations and relationships.

Expanding Your Clientele: Genealogical Applications for Historic Preservation
Erick Montgomery
Many research and writing skills provided by professional genealogists are transferable to historic preservation projects. Documentation is required for nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, historic buildings or sites, and historic districts. Other needs include researching site histories for historic preservation tax incentive projects, collecting historical data for walking tours, tourism development, historical marker applications, cemetery documentation and other applications which provide untapped opportunities. This session will introduce potential client work that is not considered “genealogy” by the general public, but which utilizes skills that are well developed by professional genealogists, and therefore potentially applicable for non-genealogical clients.

Maintaining and Building an APG Chapter
Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD
Starting an APG Chapter is not difficult – the process is basic, the steps are not hard. But after the Chapter has been instituted, the real work begins: keeping current members and recruiting more. These tasks require a few components: 1) the chapter must have something to offer (education, networking, business opportunities, etc.); 2) the chapter must have a solid means of communication (electronic, primarily, but one each member can access equally); 3) the chapter officers must have a sense of commitment and connection to each other; 4) the work must be distributed among members to avoid burnout.

20TH CENTURY RESEARCH TRACK - Researching an American Soldier in World War One
Craig Roberts Scott, CG, FUGA
Learn about the records created during and after this conflict from training, transport, and deployment. Trace a soldier through the significant actions during the war where he was a participant.

Luncheon: Genealogy Travels with Miss Peggy
Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG
It helps having members in your family who are also interested in genealogy. Peggy and her sisters have made dozens of trips into Appalachia to research their ancestry. Come along on some of the most memorable adventures.
Pre-registration required

The Psychology of Searching
Penny Walters, PhD
Why do people search for ancestors? As my children say, “Why are you looking for dead people?” Why do we ‘do’ genealogy and research our family history? This session will look at why we are interested in our ancestors’ pasts, and whether this informs us about ourselves. We will look at the psychological need for contextualizing ourselves, tribal territoriality, kinship, genealogical voids from various forms of separation from relatives, the notion of homelands, romanticized heritages, cultural deja vu, becoming obsessed with searching, and putting all the pieces in our jigsaw.

Who is Joe Ovalle? Working Backwards to Unravel an Alias
Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD
On occasion, a starting document for a research task might be a death certificate. This is the case in the mystery of Joe Ovalle. His name is a total alias and, while he died in Northern California, he was born and raised in the Southern part of the state. Even with a multitude of mistakes on the initial document, it is still possible to trace this Native American’s origins and discover the secrets of his life. This presentation will show how, with the use of on-line tools, most of his story unravels.

20TH CENTURY RESEARCH TRACK – When 'I Do' Meant Losing Your Country and other Citizenship and Immigration Law Peculiarities
Rich Venezia
Immigration and naturalization law has constantly changed over the years, and sometimes, ancestors were caught in the crosshairs – both native-born citizens and immigrants alike. Over a 15-year window, native-born women lost their citizenship upon marriage to alien men. Some ethnic groups were barred entirely from entrance to the United States. Naturalized immigrants lost citizenship if they repatriated to their country of origin or fought for their native army. Learn about these, and other, unusual laws that will add context—and oh, the records—to a family’s story.

Combining DNA and non-DNA Evidence: How a Pony, Census Records, and Unexpected DNA Results Unravel a Family Mystery
Mary Eberle, JD
This case study shows the importance of combining DNA and non-DNA evidence to solve an unexpected genealogy mystery. With an extensive tree in hand, it might seem that DNA would only help fill in gaps and break down brick walls. However, DNA pruned an entire branch of the client’s tree and uncovered a mystery. DNA— along with census records, family stories, and a pony—helped reconstruct the pruned branch. Added bonuses include the mathematical beauty of testing multiple generations and multiple people at one generation and how DNA evidence (and its absence) can help put the pieces together.

Developing Multiple Hypotheses to Solve Genealogical Challenges
Jan M. Joyce, PhD
This class introduces a methodology for creating multiple hypotheses in genealogical situations that are not easily solved. Creative thinking is discussed, as well as methods for capturing multiple hypotheses and then prioritizing them. Several types of hypotheses development will be covered. Finally, we will review how to refute or support each hypothesis. A case study is used throughout the discussion to highlight how the methodology is best utilized.

20TH CENTURY RESEARCH TRACK – Finding WWII Ancestors in the Archives of the Air Force Historical Research Agency
Kristin Brooks Barcomb
The Air Force Historical Research Agency, located on Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, is a unique and underutilized publicly accessible resource. Among its holdings are over 300,000 documents generated by the squadrons, groups, and higher headquarters of the Army Air Forces (AAF) during the Second World War. These records can be used to reconstruct some of the information lost in the 1973 fire at the National Personnel Record Center. More importantly, they can provide valuable insights into the individual experiences of the more than 2.4 million men and women who served in the AAF during WWII.


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