23 August 2013

Association of Professional Genealogists Honors Seven Members for Contributions in Genealogy

FORT WAYNE, Ind., and WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 23 August, 2013- The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) honored seven of its members for their achievements and service to the field of genealogy today at the 2013 Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana. APG President Kenyatta D. Berry presented the awards at today’s APG luncheon.

Award recipients included: Mary Penner received the Grahame T. Smallwood, Jr., Award of Merit, an award honoring personal commitment and outstanding service to the APG. Penner has worked with APG in many different capacities. She has served on the APG Board of Directors for four years. As Publications Advisory Committee Chair, she brought her editorial and writing skills to the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly (APGQ.) She also chaired the Professional Issues Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee, and the Newsletter Committee. She presented at the 2012 APG Luncheon at FGS, conducted an APG webinar, and has spoken at the APG Professional Management Conference.

Helen F.M. Leary, CG (Emeritus), CGL, FASG, FNGS, was awarded the APG Professional Achievement Award. The award, created in 2007, recognizes exceptional professional achievement and ethical behavior with contributions to the field of genealogy. Leary is a nationally-recognized author, instructor, lecturer, and researcher. A past–president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG), she played a major role in establishing written professional standards, as described in the BCG Genealogical Standard ManualLeary is a past APG board member. She has received numerous awards for her service to the genealogical community, including the NGS Award of Merit (1987), the North Carolina Genealogical Society’s Award for Exceptional Service (1987 and 1998), the BCG Outstanding Service Award (2002), the APG Graham T. Smallwood Award (2003), APG Honorary Life Membership (2007), and Outstanding IGHR Alumni Award (1996).

Alvie L. Davidson, CG, was granted APG’s Honorary Life Membership for his 10 years total service and leadership as a member on the APG Board of Directors, as well as his generous gifts of time and resources.

George Morgan received the APGQ Award for his frequent, high quality submissions to the publication on presentation skills, graphics, and other topics helpful to the professional.

Certificates of appreciation were awarded to three members. Amy E.K. Arner received the award for her participation in the Publications Advisory Committee, proofreading the APGQ, and six years as a Board member.

Diane Gravel, was recognized for her diligence in working with APG’s chapters. Under her leadership as APG Chapter Review Committee Chair, she started a chapter chat where chapters can communicate with each other about problems and solutions within the chapters.

Sarah Kirby received a certificate for her chairmanship and continued outstanding service to the Publications Advisory Committee.

"We are pleased to recognize these hard-working professionals," said APG President Kenyatta D. Berry. "Their individual and collective efforts have gone far to grow our organization and the genealogy profession."

About the APG
The Association of Professional Genealogists (, established in 1979, represents more than 2,700 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 and history. Its members represent all fifty states, Canada, and thirty other countries. APG is active on LinkedIn, Twitter ( and FaceBook (


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Media Contacts:
Kathleen W. Hinckley, CG
Executive Director
Association of Professional Genealogists
P.O. Box 535, Wheat Ridge, CO 80034-0535
phone: 303-422-9371

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