APG Announces Winner of APG Young Professional Scholarship, Bryna O’Sullivan

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, and WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 8 January 2015 Today at its 2015 Professional Management Conference in Salt Lake City, the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) named Bryna O’Sullivan of Middletown, Connecticut the winner of the APG Young Professional Scholarship.

The APG Young Professional Scholarship is awarded to a student and/or young professional between the ages of 18 and 29 who aspires to a professional career in genealogy. The scholarship includes registration for the APG Professional Management Conference (PMC) and a stipend of up to $1,000 to defray costs of travel and lodging at the conference.

O’Sullivan holds a M.A. in American History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.A. in French literature and history from Tufts University. She completed the Boston University Certificate Program in 2011 and is currently enrolled in the National Institute for Genealogical Studies for a certificate in Canadian Records. She will begin Holy Apostles College’s master’s program in church history this spring.

O’Sullivan is an active volunteer in the Wadsworth Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and has previously served on the board of the Friends of the Godfrey Memorial Library. She has also volunteered for the Choate Young Alumni Committee and as an interviewer for the Tufts Alumni Admissions program. Her business, Charter Oak Genealogy, focuses on mentoring beginning genealogists of all backgrounds and specialized research in French language documents, Connecticut records, and Luxembourg-American genealogy.

Her hands-on research and experience has stretched her professionally, from delving deep into land records to teaching and mentoring. "Since beginning my professional work, I have been surprised to discover how much I enjoy mentoring new genealogists," said O’Sullivan. "I appreciate APG’s work in helping me grow as a professional and thank APG for this scholarship. I look forward to attending the PMC."

APG announced additional awards at today’s ceremony. See the press release at https://www.apgen.org/publication/press/2015recognize.htm.

About the Association of Professional Genealogists
The Association of Professional Genealogists (http://www.apgen.org), 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 (www.twitter.com/apggenealogy) and FaceBook (www.facebook.com/AssociationofProfessionalGenealogists)

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