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Are you interested in a possible career as a professional genealogist? Want to learn how the pros approach genealogy research or tackle tough ethical situations? The APG's live webinars are open free to the public. Registration information for our upcoming webinars is included below.

Missed a webinar? Recordings of five+ years of past webinars are available to APG members as a benefit of membership. We would love to have you join us!


Event Details
Pre-PMC Webinar
Monday, 27 August 2018

8:00p.m. EDT

Researching Your Great War Ancestor at the National World War I Museum
Presenter: Dannell Altman-Newell

Registration required:

The draft card is one of the most well-known resources available for researching Great War ancestors. But once you've located your ancestor's draft card (or haven't located it!) where do you look next? Kansas City is home to the National World War I Museum and Memorial, America's official museum dedicated to the Great War. In this session we'll explore resources available in the Museum's Research Center, as well as how the Museum's website and exhibits can assist you in researching your Great War ancestor and provide historical context for your research.

About the Presenter: Dannell "Danni" Altman-Newell is a native Kansas Citian. She began doing family history research at an early age, courtesy of spending summers watching her maternal grandparents indexing at the local Family History Center. Danni is currently employed as a marketing & membership manager at the National Storytelling Network. She serves as a volunteer for the National World War I Museum and Memorial and as education chair for the Heartland Chapter of the Association for Professional Genealogists. She is a graduate of ProGen 28 and enjoys learning and researching Midwest and World War I history.

Pre-PMC Webinar
Tuesday, 17 September 2018

8:00p.m. EDT

Show Me the Resources: Kansas City Libraries and Archives
Presenter: Patricia Walls Stamm, CG, CGL

Registration required:

In "Show Me the Resources," we discuss some of the collections in the greater Kansas City area. The Kansas City Public Library has the Missouri Valley Room. Besides the various biographies, genealogies, diaries, photos, scrapbooks, and newspapers for Missouri and Kansas, they have resources on American Indians, the American Civil War, Mormons, and the Overland Trail. The collection at the Mid Continent Library began as a local one and grew into a large genealogy collection covering the entire United States. Besides having federal land sales in Missouri, they have papers of the St. Louis fur trade and Native American sources. At the Kansas City NARA facility they have various federal records from Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Of interest to many are the territorial records. Also in the area is the State Historical Society of Missouri at Kansas City. Their collection is the repository for The Native Sons and Daughters of Greater Kansas City Records. While not in the immediate area, the online resources of the Missouri Archives link into major collections across the state.

About the Presenter: Patricia Walls Stamm, CG, CGL, served as National Genealogical Society Education Manager. She teaches and lectures on various genealogical and technological topics at St. Louis Community College, IGHR, state, and national conferences.

Monday, 15 October 2018
8:00p.m. EDT

20 Essential Tips for Genealogical Speakers
Presenter: D. Joshua Taylor

Registration required:

The world of professional speaking offers numerous unique opportunities for genealogists. Whether you have recently found yourself “on the circuit” or have been speaking for a while, there are always new things to learn. Together we will explore a range of tips for all speakers including setting realistic expectations, preparing and organizing presentations, keeping your content current and diverse, and rising above last minute complications.

About the Presenter: D. Joshua Taylor is president of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B) and a frequent speaker on family history at events throughout the globe. A host on the PBS series Genealogy Roadshow, Joshua has also been featured on Who Do You Think You Are? and is a course coordinator for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh.

Monday, 19 November 2018
8:00p.m. EDT

Accounting Tips, Tricks and Hacks: What the Solo Genealogy Pro Needs to Know
Presenter: James M. Beidler

Registration required:

Genealogists are ordinarily great record-keepers … when it comes to genealogy, but maybe not always when it comes to business records. James M. Beidler has been on both sides of the table – as the owner of a small genealogy business, he knows what records are most valuable to keep; as a tax preparer, he’s dealt with both organized and “shoebox” clients. Listen to some ideas on what to spend time on and what to outsource.

About the Presenter: In addition to running his own genealogy business, James M. Beidler is also an Enrolled Agent tax preparer who has a small independent tax practice. He’s had three commercially published genealogy books and is working on a fourth. He also works as an editor of research reports for Legacy Tree Genealogists, a leading paid research genealogy firm. Beidler was born in Reading, PA, and raised in nearby Berks County, where he currently resides. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hofstra University in Long Island, NY, with a BA in political science in 1982.

Monday, 17 December 2018
8:00p.m. EDT

Time = Money: Management Systems
Presenter: Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG®

Registration required:

To operate a successful business we need to manage our records and our time. Learn how to develop and how to implement systems for keeping our business records, for tracking our activities, and for managing our time.

About the Presenter: Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG® is a full-time professional researcher specializing in Chicago and Cook County research, forensic genealogy, problem solving, and multi-generational family histories. On behalf of the Department of the Army, Jeanne searches for and identifies family members of unaccounted for servicemen from World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Jeanne writes articles for scholarly journals and society publications. She is a frequent lecturer at conferences, workshops, and institutes. She is a Trustee and the past president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

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