28 May 2003




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, e-mail



APG Honors Helen F.M. Leary



The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) honored Helen F.M. Leary, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, of Cary, North Carolina on May 28, 2003 for her many “outstanding contributions” over the past quarter century to the association and the genealogical community.


APG President Sherry Irvine, CGRS, FSA Scot, presented the Grahame T. Smallwood Jr. Award of Merit to Leary at the group’s luncheon in Pittsburgh during the National Genealogical Society Conference in the States. The association’s Smallwood Award Committee selected the recipient.


Leary is a Certified Genealogist (CG), Certified Genealogical Lecturer (CGL), Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists (FASG) and Fellow of the National Genealogical Society (FNGS) and was a member of the APG Board from 1989-90 and 1992-93.


She regularly performs “continuing service” in leadership roles at association functions, including its Professional Management Conference, according to the Smallwood Committee. A mentor to many members, she encourages professional activities through lectures, teaching opportunities and personal contacts.


Leary played a major role in establishing written professional standards, described in the The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual. She has served as co-editor of North Carolina Research: Genealogy and Local History and contributor to Professional Genealogy: A Manual of Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers and Librarians.


APG regularly presents the Smallwood Award, named after its first recipient in 1981, to a member who has demonstrated personal commitment and outstanding service to the association. APG, established in 1979, is the leading worldwide professional organization of genealogists and related professionals with more than 1,400 members.