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APG Staff

  • Benefits Coordinator: Open
  • Booth Chair: Luana Darby
  • Communications Officer: Corey Browder Oiesen
  • eNews Editor: Melanie Frick
  • PMC Coordinator: Kathleen W. Hinckley, CG
  • Webmaster: Carla Cegielski

APG Committees

  • Advocacy Committee
    The APG Advocacy Committee is established to meet Bylaws Objective Article III. B. & C. & is also implied in Policy Manual, page 6, Section III. III. It is appointed by the President with the approval of the Board of Directors. The Chair is APG's representative on the Records Preservation and Access Committee. In this role, you will:
    • Engage in activities which improve access to records
    • Promote members' awareness of laws and activities which may affect genealogical and historical research
    Chair Eric Stroschein; Vicki Wright, JD

  • APG Code of Ethics Committee
    The APG Code of Ethics Committee is formed in compliance with the Policy Manual, page 6 Section III, II. A. which states that the Code will be reviewed periodically. It is appointed by the President with the approval of the Board of Directors. In this role, you will:
    • Seek input from those who have dealt with the recent complaints about Code violations
    • Review the current Code of Ethics and make any recommendations for revisions
    Chair Ruy Cardoso, CG; Catherine Desmarais, CG; Debbie Hooper, CG

  • Awards Committee
    The APG Awards Committee is implied in Policy Manual, page 29, Section XIX. I. A. and defined in Procedures Manual pages 35- 38. It is appointed by the President per the Bylaws and by the Executive Committee per the Procedures Manual. It shall consist of three persons, one a member of the Executive Committee and two members in good standing. In this role, you will:
    • Convene to select the persons to receive the various awards given by APG as outlined in the Procedures Manual Section XIX
    • Prepare and present a brief report to the Executive Committee on each person selected
    Chair Craig R. Scott, CG; Amy E. K. Arner, Executive Committee member; Sheila Benedict

  • Bylaws Committee
    The APG Bylaws Committee is formed to review the Bylaws periodically for any changes or updates that should be voted on by the membership. It is appointed by the President with the approval of the Board of Directors. In this role, you will:
    • Review the Bylaws for inconsistencies and to add updates consistent with the changes that have gone into effect since the last revision
    • Make recommendations for changes to the Bylaws
    Chair Catherine Desmarais, CG; Amy E. K. Arner; Craig R. Scott, CG; Fiona Fitzsimons

  • Chapter Review Committee
    The APG Chapter Review Committee is made up of at least three members, one of whom must be a director. The chair of this committee also serves as the APG Chapter Liaison. In this role, you will:
    • Review the bylaws of new chapters and Special Interest Groups applying for charters
    • Present recommendations to the Executive Committee as to whether new charters should be approved
    Chair Diane Gravel, CG; Sheila Benedict; Valerie Eichler Lair; Darcie Hind Posz, CG; Cohen Swiney

  • Contracts Committee
    The APG Contracts Committee is formed to facilitate Policy Manual, page 6 Section III. IV. A. 2. & page 24, Section XVII. II. A-C. It is appointed by the President with approval of the Board of Directors. In this role, you will:
    • Annually review the wording of the contracts issued on behalf of APG to the contractors for consistency and clarity. The contractor names and monetary amounts will be redacted for privacy
    • Make a written report to the President of any identified problems along with suggested revisions
    Chair Vicki Wright, JD; William Beigel; Christine Woodcock

  • Corporate Membership Committee
    The APG Corporate Membership Committee is formed in response to problems and misunderstandings by some companies. It is appointed by the President with the approval of the Board of Directors. In this role, you will:
    • Assess the problems outlined by the Executive Director and study the issues
    • Recommend a solution to the problems
    Benjamin Hollister;

  • Credentials & Postnominals Committee
    The APG Credentials & Postnominals Committee is formed in response to a request from APG members living outside the United States to expand the guidelines for recognized credentials and postnominals as outlined in the Policy Manual, page 26- 27, Section XVIII. It is appointed by the President with the approval of the Board of Directors. In this role, you will:
    • Review the request for expansion of the recognized credentials and postnominals
    • Carefully study the issue and formulate a recommendation
    Chair Barbara Ball, CG; Jan Gow; Kathryn Lake Hogan; Angela McGhie, CG;

  • Exemplary Online Family Tree Award Committee
    The APG Exemplary Online Family Tree Award Committee is established to develop guidelines to meet the terms of a gift from FamilySearch.org in 2015. It is appointed by the President with the approval of the Board of Directors. In this role, you will:
    • Develop a plan and the guidelines to award cash prizes for online family trees which best exemplify the standards of sound genealogical research
    Chair Luana Darby; Valerie Elkins; Kathryn Lake Hogan; Eric Stroschein; Fiona Fitzsimons

  • Logo Usage Compliance Committee
    The APG Logo Usage Compliance Committee is established as a response to the problems with some corporations and/or members using the APG logo(s) improperly. It is appointed by the President with the approval of the Board of Directors. In this role, you will:
    • Develop a plan to educate members about the proper use of the logo(s)
    • Recommend a new corporate logo if the Corporate Membership Committee develops such a category
    • Report any improper usage of the logo(s) to the Executive Director
    Chair Luana Darby; Matthew McCormack

  • Marketing Committee
    The APG Marketing Committee is established to meet Bylaws Objective Article III. F. It is appointed by the President with the approval of the Board of Directors. In this role, you will:
    • Promote awareness of, and interest in, professional genealogical services
    • Promote awareness of the Association of Professional Genealogists
    Chair Sharon Atkins; Christine Woodcock; Thomas MacEntee

  • Member Benefits Committee
    The APG Benefits Committee is formed to seek ways to enhance the value of an APG membership. It is appointed by the President with advice and consent from the Executive Committee and Executive Director. In this role, you will:
    • Identify and contact companies which may offer discounts or extra value on their products to APG members
    • Annually contact those already offering benefits to thank them and confirm continuing support
    • Inform the Executive Director of activities and results on a regular schedule, who will notify the eNews editor of any updates
    • Make an annual report of contacts made and the results
    Chair Clarise Soper, CG; Jan Gow; Fiona Fitzsimons

  • Members Survey Committee
    The APG Members Survey Committee is formed to meet Bylaws Objective Article III. A. To provide education and support for those engaged in genealogical business pursuits. It is appointed by the President with the approval of the Board of Directors. In this role, you will:
    • Develop a survey of APG members that will provide information about our members
    • Periodically adapt the survey according to the information that is desired
    Chair Barbara Ball, CG; Cari Taplin, CG; Bethany Waterbury

  • Nominations Committee
    The APG Nominations Committee forms annually. One board member is appointed by the Executive Committee and approved by the Board of Directors, and two additional members are elected by the membership. This committee elects its own chair from within the committee. In this role, you will:
    • Issue a Call for Recommendations for Nominations for open elected positions
    • Publicize the need for qualified nominees via a variety of channels to ensure a strong pool of candidates
    • Recommend a list of candidates
    Valerie Elkins, Appointed Board member; J. H. (Jay) Fonkert, CG, elected; Darcie Posz, CG, elected

  • Professional Development Committee
    The APG Professional Development Committee is established to meet Bylaws Objective Article III. A. & E. It is appointed by the President with the approval of the Board of Directors. In this role, you will:
    • Encourage and promote educational opportunities for those engaged in genealogical business pursuits
    • Provide educational opportunities for those engaged in genealogical business pursuits
    • Promote professional standards in the field of genealogy
    Chair Kimberly Powell; Fiona Fitzsimons; Melanie Holtz, CG; Craig R. Scott, CG; Christine Woodcock

  • Professional Management Conference Committee
    The Professional Management Conference Committee is implied in Policy Manual, page 25, Section XVII. VI. And also Procedures Manual, page 41, Section XXI. III. It is appointed by the President with the approval of the Board of Directors. In this role, you will:
    • Provide assistance to the contracted PMC Coordinator to fulfill the duties required to conduct the annual Professional Management Conference
    Valerie Eichler Lair; Annette Burke Lyttle; Mary Penner; Valerie Elkins; Helen Daglas; Thomas MacEntee; Carla Cegielski

  • Professional Review Committee
    The APG Professional Review Committee consists of at least three members, one of whom must be a director and is appointed by the President (per Article VI. A.5.) or the Executive Committee (per Article XI. C.) and approved by the Board of Directors. In this role, you will:
    • Review complaints about members that relate to the APG Code of Ethics
    • Rule whether a complaint is founded or unfounded
    • If a complaint is founded, present the findings and discipline recommendations to the Executive Committee for action
    The members of this committee are confidential and were approved by the Board of Directors on February 10, 2016.

  • Publications Advisory Committee
    The APG Publications Advisory Committee is comprised of three members, one of whom must be a director. In this role, you will:
    • Review each issue of the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly (APGQ), APG eNews, as well as online content (including links) for the APG website
    • Provide guidance to the editor of the APGQ, the editor of the eNews and the APG webmaster regarding content or advertising issues
    • Review and approve all press releases, flyers, and public content including items distributed by chapters and special interest groups (SIGs)
    Chair Cari Taplin, CG; Clarise Soper, CG; Darcie Hind Posz, CG

  • Redistribution Committee
    The APG Redistribution Committee is appointed by the Executive Committee and approved by the Board of Directors every four years, in years divisible by four. Three members are required, one of whom must be a director. In this role, you will:
    • Review records showing the geographic distribution of APG members relative to existing electoral regions
    • Recommend electoral region boundary adjustments that balance geography and member distribution
    • Present committee findings to the Executive Committee
    Chair Barbara Ball, CG; Fiona Fitzsimons



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