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Welcome to the 2024 Virtual Professional Management Conference (PMC) –Set Sail: Navigate Your Genealogy Career. Mark your calendars for 19–21 September 2024, as we embark on a virtual journey to explore the latest trends and insights in genealogical career development and business management.

Join us on Whova for an immersive experience, where industry leaders and experts will share their knowledge, and attendees can network and collaborate from the comfort of their own space. Don't miss this opportunity to navigate your genealogy career and stay ahead in the field. Save the date and get ready to Set Sail with APG at the 2024 Virtual PMC.

Call for Presentations

Conference Details

Format: Virtual Conference on the Whova Platform

Presentation Duration: 60 minutes + 15 minutes Live Q&A

Pre-Conference Workshops: 150 minutes (2.5 hours) which includes time for activities and attendee interaction.

Panel Discussions Duration: 150 minutes (2.5 hours) which includes time for attendee interaction and Q&A.

We are seeking experienced and passionate individuals to deliver compelling presentations, workshops or panel discussions on topics related to genealogical career development, business management, and industry advancements. Each 60-minute presentation will be followed by a 15-minute interactive live Q&A session with our virtual audience.

Suggested Topics

Suggested topics focused on the theme, Set Sail: Navigate Your Genealogy Career include, but are not limited to:

Advanced Technology/Artificial Intelligence Integration:

  • Leveraging Artificial Intelligence and machine learning
  • Using advanced tools for data analysis and visualization

Business Expansion Strategies:

  • Subcontractors or employees
  • Managing increased client demands

Client Relationship Management:

  • Building strong client relationships
  • Navigating challenging client situations

Collaboration and Networking:

  • Building partnerships with archives, libraries, and other genealogical professionals
  • Leveraging social media and online networking platforms

Diversification of Services:

  • Designing educational programs, writing, and consultancy
  • Expanding client demographics

Educational Services and Training:

  • Providing advanced genealogy training and mentorship
  • Developing and delivering professional-level courses or workshops

Ethical Considerations:

  • Decision making
  • Communicating surprise findings

Financial Management:

  • Financial planning and budgeting
  • Taxes and compliance

Forensic Genealogy

  • Legal and investigative trends in genetic genealogy
  • Facets of forensic genealogy

International Business

  • Cross cultural considerations
  • Collaborating and subcontracting

Legal, Privacy, Confidentiality Insights:

  • Business structures, client contracts, and liability
  • Understanding website usage terms and conditions
  • Privacy, data protection, and confidentiality

Marketing and Branding:

  • Effective strategies for reaching a wider audience
  • Brand and logo development and creation

Professional Development Opportunities:

  • Pursuing professional credentials
  • Mentorship

Professional Writing and Publication:

  • Writing for publications
  • Applying the Chicago Manual of Style in your work


  • Best practices for building your own website
  • Security, accessibility, and compliance


Speakers selected for the 2024 Virtual PMC will receive an honorarium of $350 per presentation or $575 per workshop or panel discussion. An additional $50 per presentation or $75 per workshop or panel discussion will be awarded to speakers who submit the required syllabus material in the requested form by the stated deadline.

Some speakers may be selected to participate in a second Live Q&A that occurs outside their normal working hours. If so, an additional honorarium may be offered.

Accepted speakers will receive a full complimentary conference registration and complimentary digital syllabus.

Submission Guidelines

If you have valuable insights, innovative strategies, or groundbreaking research to share with our genealogy professionals, we invite you to submit your presentation proposal.

Please include the following information in your submission:

  • Contact Information
  • Speaker Biography (25 word maximum)
  • Recent virtual speaking experience, including presentation title and date covering the last 18 months
  • Title of presentation, workshop, or panel discussion (15 word maximum)
  • Summary for brochure and syllabus (50 word maximum)
  • Outline/description of presentation, workshop, or panel discussion

APG kindly asks that you refrain from submitting presentations that have been previously presented at national, regional, or state-level genealogy events or are scheduled to be presented prior to September 2024. Additionally, presentations that are available online for free or through subscription should not be submitted.

Submission Deadline

The deadline for presentation proposals is 11:59 PM Eastern time on 21 April 2024.

The form for online submissions can be found at

Selection Process

Our programming team will carefully review all submissions and select presentations based on their relevance, innovation, and potential impact on the professional genealogy community.

APG welcomes speakers from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to participate in our event. Committed to creating an inclusive environment, we value and respect diversity, and we will strive to provide accommodations to ensure that every speaker can fully contribute their unique insights and experiences.

Thank you for your interest in contributing to the success of the APG 2024 Virtual Professional Management Conference. We look forward to receiving your proposals and creating an enriching virtual experience for our community.

If you have any questions, please email Dawn Carey Henry, Conference Manager at


Please contact Pam Israel at to discuss sponsorship or advertising opportunities during the event.

Save These Dates

Conference: 19-21 September 2024

Call for Presentations Deadline:
21 April 2024