14 September 2004

Contact: Kathleen W. Hinckley, CGRS, Executive Director,
Association of Professional Genealogists
P.O. Box 350998, Westminster, CO 80035-0998
Phone 303-422-9371, fax 303-456-8825, e-mail

Prepared by: Richard F. Robinson, CGRS, Information Officer,
Association of Professional Genealogists,

APG Records Membership Milestone

Michael Schield of Highlands Ranch, Colorado has been searching for his
family roots for over 20 years. But on one sunny day in Austin, Texas
this fall he discovered he had a new "family." He found the Association
of Professional Genealogists (APG).

Schield joined APG at its Professional Management Conference in Austin,
Texas on Sept. 8, 2004. It was record-setting occasion. He became the
1500th member of the international organization, the leading
professional group of genealogists and related professionals.

Surrounded by members sporting APG 25th anniversary pins, he says he
joined because he's "looking" at taking on clients who want to find
their own families. Besides, he says professional genealogists are a
"tremendous group of people." Members from 32 states and Canada
gathered, as they do annually, during the Federation of Genealogical
Society's national conference to learn the business side of the
genealogical profession.

Schield, president of the Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society (HRGS),
has been doing family history research almost as long as APG has
existed. He said, "Genealogy brings back of the important things in
life-our roots and history that we never paid much attention to in

He heads his genealogical society's unique project that compiles the
names of permanent microfilms and microfiche at five Family History
Centers in south metro Denver and Douglas County. As Webmaster, he posts
a combined list of nearly 10,000 items by subject, description and FHC
location on the HRGS Web site, This enables
FHC patrons to immediately locate and view films without the delay of
ordering them.

In addition, he is a Ward Family History Consultant for the local Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and has occasion to help teach a
Family History Class.

APG President J. Mark Lowe, a certified genealogist from Springfield,
Tennessee, says APG is a rapidly growing, financially healthy organized
whose members do professional-type research for hire or themselves or
are in fields related to family history. Members include researchers,
writers, lecturers, librarians, family historians and enthusiasts.

APG (, started in 1979 by 19 genealogists, is devoted to
supporting high standards in the field. It is based in Westminster,
Colorado, near Denver.