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APG Recognizes Genealogists with Achievement Awards

WESTMINSTER, Colo., September 9 –Jake Gehring, president of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), presented this year’s awards on September 5, 2008 at the association luncheon at the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. APG awards are given annually to recognize excellence and achievement within the field of genealogy.

One of its highest awards was given to Craig Roberts Scott, CG. Scott received the Grahame T. Smallwood, Jr. Award of Merit for his service to APG as Treasurer and as a
board member from 2002-2007. He also served by leading the APG roundtable discussions for several years, and was the first vendor to offer discounts to APG members.  The Smallwood Award is given for personal commitment and outstanding service as a member of APG

Scott, President and CEO of Heritage Books, Inc., is also a professional genealogical and historical researcher with more than 23 years of experience. He has authored and co-authored several books as well as many articles for the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and Family Chronicle.

Roberta “Bobbi” King received the APGQ Excellence Award for her exceptional column “Professional Profiles” published in the APG Quarterly over the past several years. She currently serves on the board of directors of FGS, authored Researching in Nebraska for the National Genealogical Society “Research in the States” series, and has volunteered in the local Colorado genealogical community for the past ten years.

Certificates of Appreciation were awarded to:
· Donna Moughty, for her work as the APG Professional Management Conference Coordinator. Moughty, from Florida, teaches classes and lectures on a variety of subjects including the Internet, Irish research and computer topics. She is also Treasurer of the Genealogical Speakers Guild and a delegate to the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

· Beverly Rice, CG, for her work as APG Treasurer, Roundtable Coordinator, and the IRS FEIN project.  Rice, based in Oregon, is a lecturer and speaker on topics related to methodology, migration, women, and the western experience.

· Linda Courtemanche, for her work as Chair of the Chapter Review Committee. Courtemanche, a researcher from Pennsylvania, is the Local Publicity Chairperson for the 2008 FGS Conference.

The Association of Professional Genealogists (http://www.apgen.org), established in 1979, represents over 1,800 genealogists, librarians, writers, editors, historians, instructors, booksellers, publishers, and others involved in genealogy-related businesses. APG encourages genealogical excellence, ethical practice, mentoring, and education.  The organization also supports the preservation and accessibility of records useful to the fields of genealogy, local, and social history. Its members represent all fifty states, Canada, and twenty-six other countries.

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

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