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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
Tuesday, 22 August 2017

8:00p.m. EDT

NARA Nuggets: Genealogy in the Archives
Presenter: Judy G. Russell, JD, CG℠, CGL℠

Registration required:

Even professional genealogists can easily overlook some of the genealogically-valuable nuggets tucked away in the National Archives. This presentation will help PMC attendees consider whether devote some of their research time to some of the underutilized records that can be found in Archives I (downtown) and Archives II (College Park, Maryland). Records such as patent, post office and weather records, just to name a few, are well worth the effort to find and review, and the presentation will go on to feature other less-utilized NARA records located in repositories outside the Washington D.C. area.

About the Presenter: The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell is a genealogist with a law degree and credentials as a Certified Genealogist® and Certified Genealogical Lecturer®. She writes, teaches and lectures on a wide variety of genealogical topics, ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing. In particular, she lectured widely on unusual NARA record sets at various conference and institutes, including the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records.

Thursday, 24 August 2017
8:00p.m. EDT

Conducting Genealogy Research Tours for Profit
Presenter: Donna Moughty

Registration required:

Looking for a new and different revenue source for your genealogy business? If you specialize in a particular area or type of record, coordinating and conducting a research trip might fit the bill. This lecture will highlight my experience over the past six years conducting an annual research trip to Ireland as well as the experiences of others, covering topics such as planning, marketing, budget and what to do when the unexpected happens.

About the Presenter: Donna Moughty, a Professional Genealogist and former Regional Manager for Apple Computer, has been conducting family research for over 25 years. She teaches and lectures on a variety of subjects including Internet, Irish research and computer topics locally and at national and regional conferences and institutes. In addition, she provides consultations, research assistance and training. Donna attended the National Institute for Genealogical Research at the National Archives, and the Third and Fourth Irish Genealogical Congress in Ireland, the Salt Lake Institute-Irish Research and the Institute for Genealogical and Historical Research at Samford University where she was an instructor for the Irish course in 2011. She is a member of Association of Professional Genealogists and served as chair of the Professional Management Conference from 2005-2008, and the Genealogical Speakers Guild. Donna is also affiliated with Genealogy.Coach specializing in Irish research and takes groups to Ireland each October to research. She is the author of the Quick Reference Guides on Irish Research. Her genealogy blog can be found at

Tuesday, 12 September 2017
8:00p.m. EDT

Thinking Ahead to Retirement - Even from the Genealogy Business You Love!
Presenter: James M. Beidler

Registration required:

Preparing for retirement is like doing genealogy - you can never start too soon. Whether you're just starting out and want to maximize retirement saving; in mid-career and moving from part-time to full-time genealogy work; or beginning to wind down into semi-retirement or selling your business - this webinar will give you some helpful thoughts and strategies.

About the Presenter: In addition to being a freelance genealogical writer, editor, researcher and lecturer, James M. Beidler is also an Enrolled Agent tax preparer and owner of James M. Beidler Tax Concierge LLC. 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, 18 September 2017

8:00p.m. EDT

Introduction to Researching at the Library of Congress
Presenter: Angela Packer McGhie, CG℠

Registration required:

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world and contains books, photographs, newspapers, maps, manuscripts and more. Genealogists will enjoy the many reading rooms and resources available. This presentation will highlight the various collections and give guidance on researching in this library complex.

About the Presenter: Angela Packer McGhie is a Certified Genealogist® who focuses on genealogical education. She is the coordinator of the Intermediate Genealogy course at IGHR, and the Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum course at SLIG. Angela served as the administrator of the ProGen Study Program for six years and is now on the board of directors. She is a past president of the National Capital Area Chapter of APG, and has spent hundreds of hours researching in the local D.C. repositories.

Saturday, 14 October 2017
1:00p.m. EDT

Transitioning to a Full-Time Genealogy Career
Presenter: George G. Morgan

Registration required:

Are you thinking about making the move to become a full-time professional genealogist? Have you considered what services you will offer and how to price them so that you can support yourself? There are lots of things to consider, from organizing your business, deciding on a business name and identity, how to write contracts, to how to market yourself, to continuing your education and diversifying your offerings.

About the Presenter: George G. Morgan began his seminar business more than 20 years ago and has diversified to include genealogy and library lectures, writing, producing podcasts, consulting, and more. He shares insights from his experiences to help you analyze and begin your full-time genealogical career. George G. Morgan is president of Aha! Seminars, Inc, a Tampa Bay-based company that has been providing training to library personnel and to genealogists since 1996. He is an internationally recognized genealogy expert and a highly popular speaker at genealogical conferences. George has presented all across the US in national, state, and local conferences, and has spoken in Canada, the UK, on international genealogical cruises, and webinars.

Since 2005, George and Drew Smith have been co-hosts of The Genealogy Guys SM Podcast, and introduced the Genealogy Connection podcast in 2016. Their podcasts have been downloaded more than two million times. George is the author of twelve landmark genealogy books, including the latest edition of How to Do Everything: Genealogy, and writes articles for four genealogy magazines. He has served on genealogical society and corporate boards of directors. He currently chairs a committee of the Friends of the John F. Germany Library in Tampa promoting library advocacy and projects for the Florida History and Genealogy Library.

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