Members and Chapters Recognized at Awards Ceremony at the PMC
Association of Professional Genealogists Recognizes Members and Chapters for Contributions to the Organization and to the Profession

WASHINGTON, D.C., and WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 29 September 2017 - The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) honored several members for their achievements and service to the profession at its 2017 Professional Management Conference (PMC) in Washington D.C. APG President Billie Stone Fogarty presented the awards at today’s opening session of PMC.

Kimberly Powell, received the Grahame T. Smallwood, Jr., Award of Merit, which recognizes personal commitment and outstanding service to the organization. Powell is a Past President of APG and has served on its Professional Development Committee since 2011. She is the author of several books and served as’s genealogy expert for 16 years. She has taught at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), and the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR).

Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, received the APG Professional Achievement Award. The award, created in 2007, recognizes exceptional professional achievement and ethical behavior with contributions to the field of genealogy. Powell served on the APG Board for six years and is a past-president for the Board for Certification of Genealogists and is a co-director of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). Powell is a longtime genealogy instructor, having taught at the SLIG, IGHR, and Boston University’s Genealogical Research certificate program, and at many other genealogical events and conferences.

Christine Rose, FASG, Certified Genealogist Emeritus, was awarded Honorary Lifetime Membership for her contributions to APG and to the field of genealogy. Rose is a former APG Vice President and was the recipient of the APG Professional Achievement Award. She is the author of several books and was a lecturer/coordinator at IGHR for many years.

Other awards included:

APGQ Excellence Award: Kate Eakman, "Writing the Professional Research Report: Style and Format," in September 2016.

Certificates of Appreciation went to Yvette Hoitnik, CG, Carla S. Cegielski, Mike Bronner, and Amy E. K. Arner for their work on the APG Website Committee.

Certificates of Appreciation also went to:Deborah Hooper, CG, for service to APG as a member of the Board of Directors and the Code of Ethics and Professional Practices Committee.

Fiona Fitzsimons, for service to APG as a member of the Board of Directors, for her work on revising APG's bylaws, and for her advocacy to grow and strengthen APG in Ireland.

Ruy Cardoso, CG, for service to APG as member of the Code of Ethics and Professional Practices Committee.

Catherine Desmarais, CG, service to APG as Vice President, on the Bylaws Committee, and on the Code of Ethics and Professional Practices Committees

New Jersey Chapter Received APG Golden Chapter Award

APG's New Jersey Chapter received the Golden Chapter Award for utilizing a diverse array of formats to engage members, including social media, an email list, in-person meetings, tours, and webinars.

Golden Chapter Award Honorable Mentions went to the Heartland Chapter for utilizing a mix of informal meetings, programs, and virtual offerings resulting in several new members and to the Oregon Chapter who meets at a variety of locations with excellent attendance.

"We are blessed with a multitude of outstanding members who contribute their time, talents, and expertise to further the goals of APG and make the field of genealogy better for all," said APG President Billie Stone Fogarty. "We are especially proud of this year's honorees and thank each of them for their service and dedication."

About the Association of Professional Genealogists
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: +1-303-465-6980

Corey Oiesen
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Association of Professional Genealogists