Association of Professional Genealogists Digitizes All 40 Years of Its Journal
Members May Now Access More Than 5,000 Pages of Professional Genealogy Content

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 11 November 2019 - In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of its founding, the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) announced it has digitized all 40 years of its member publications. Beginning in 1979 with typed and photocopied newsletters, the professional publication for its members has evolved to its present Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly (APGQ). Comprising more than 5,000 pages, the archive of APG publications spans topics of interest to genealogists, from running a business to attracting clients.

"The APGQ is the longest-running publication dedicated to the genealogy profession," said Mary Penner, CG, managing editor. "It’s fascinating to see how the profession has evolved over the past 40 years and to see how many of the articles are just as relevant today as they were when they were written. This digital archive is an unparalleled resource for our members as they strive to make their businesses successful and serve the genealogy community. It also helps preserve the history of APG."

The future of the profession has long been a topic of discussion, as evidenced by early articles such as, "What is a Professional Genealogist?" and "Is there a Future in Professional Genealogy?"1 For APG’s 10th anniversary in 1989, the APGQ reprinted an earlier article from Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA, "Genealogical Quality is Not a Professional Concern Only."2

"What a wonderful way to celebrate our fortieth anniversary!" said APG President Billie Stone Fogarty. "By preserving and sharing the wisdom of our members through the years concerning this wonderful field of professional genealogy, we can see how our field has evolved and we can also focus on the core elements that combine to make genealogy both art and science. Our heartfelt thanks to Mary Penner for her hard work which made this gift a reality."

A comprehensive index of all APG publications is freely available on the APG website.

About the Association of Professional Genealogists
The Association of Professional Genealogists (, established in 1979, represents nearly 3,000 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
Communications Officer
Association of Professional Genealogists



1 "What is a Professional Genealogist?" APG Newsletter, vol. 1, no.1 (July 1979): 3–4 and "Is there a Future in Professional Genealogy?" APG Newsletter, vol. 1, no.6 (December 1979): 1–4; image copies, Association of Professional Genealogists ( : accessed 5 November 2019).
2 Elizabeth Shown Mills, "Genealogical Quality is Not a Professional Concern Only," The Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly 4 (Spring 1989): 19–23, reprinted from APG Newsletter, vol. 7, no.4 (July 1985): 1–7; image copy, Association of Professional Genealogists ( : accessed 5 November 2019).