State of the Genealogy Profession Session Video of Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, Now Available for Purchase
Jones asks, “Does a Genealogy Profession Exist?” Encourages Professionals to Think Outside the Box

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 22 November 2016 -The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) announced today that a video recording is now available for purchase entitled, “The State of the Profession,” by Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS. Jones delivered an opening session speech in September at APG’s Professional Management Conference (PMC) in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Jones asked the audience to consider whether or not a genealogy profession exists. After describing the evolution of professions, he warned against "progressive status quoism," the appearance of progress while not changing, like moving blocks around in a worn-out box.

Jones discussed the need for a genealogy profession to offer protection to its practitioners and their clients. "This is not a harmless profession," he said, adding "We can harm society and each other by plagiarizing, overstating or understating conclusions, or exposing confidential information." The solution, he said, is a profession that "as a whole body of practitioners embraces competence, ethics, and regulation."

"I thank APG for providing the opportunity to open a dialog among professionals about our future," said Jones. "We know we have professionals working as genealogists, but as a profession we are toddlers. The good news is that we have accomplished much in recent years. We are moving toward a profession that will serve its members and society. I encourage you to view my presentation and form your own opinions. It is meant to encourage discussion."

"We are excited to offer this important speech to those who were unable to attend the PMC this year and to those who want to see it again," said APG President Billie Stone Fogarty. "Tom brought a message that is so important to our field that we wanted to make it available to others for further contemplation and discussion as we seek to move forward."

Download “State of the Profession” Today
Access to the video, more than one hour in length, is available for $20 USD through Vimeo, Creating an account there is simple, involving entering an email address and creating a password. The video is available for purchase for the next 90 days.

Many other videos from conference lectures are also available, but for APG members only. The video recordings are $20 each, with a discount for multiple purchases. Go to to access the order form. The syllabus from the conference can be purchased for $13. The following presentations are available:

- Ancestral Social Network Analysis - Michael Hait, CG
- Creating a Social Media Marketing Strategy - Marian Pierre-Louis
- Designing Effective Websites: Connecting with Your Intended Audience - Carla S. Cegielski
- Genealogy for Love and Money - Mary Tedesco
- Getting the Most Out of Y-DNA - Blaine T. Bettinger, JD, PhD
- Goal Setting for Genealogists - Janice Lovelace, PhD
- Setting Rates as a Professional Genealogist - Billie Stone Fogarty, MEd
- State of the Profession [Opening Session] - Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL
- Succession Planning for Your Genealogical Business - Kellie Jo Bergheimer, MEd, MSM
- Traveling for Clients: Unique Challenges and Opportunities - Mary Penner
- Working with a Client's DNA - Blaine T. Bettinger, JD, PhD
- Working With an Editor: Get Published! - Christy Fillerup
- Writing About and Citing DNA Test Results - Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL

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
Communications Officer
Association of Professional Genealogists