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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.

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

Genetic Genealogy for Professionals: Client Reports
Presenters: Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD, and Karen Stanbary, CG



Registration required: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5860362179502575106

Identify the essential components of a successful client report incorporating DNA test results. Emphasis is on creating "readable" text, figures, and tables to facilitate maximum client understanding.

About the Presenters: Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., is an intellectual property attorney by day and a DNA specialist by night. He is the author of the long-running blog The Genetic Genealogist, and frequently gives presentations and webinars to educate others about the use of DNA to explore their ancestry. Dr. Bettinger is the author of The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy, and co-author with Debbie Parker Wayne of the award-winning Genetic Genealogy in Practice. He is or has been an instructor for genetic genealogy courses at Excelsior College, the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research, and Family Tree University.

Karen Stanbary, Certified Genealogist®, specializes in DNA analysis, Midwestern, Chicago, and Mexican/Puerto Rican research as well as complex problem-solving. She holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago. A regular instructor in Chicago’s Newberry Library Adult Education program, Karen lectures on topics including Genetic Genealogy, Advanced Genetic Genealogy and the Genealogical Proof Standard. She is a faculty member at GRIP, IGHR, and SLIG. She published a complex evidence case study incorporating traditional documentary research and autosomal DNA analysis in the June 2016 issue of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly. She holds the credential Certified Genealogist from the Board for Certification of Genealogists® where she serves on the Genetic Genealogy Standards committee.

Monday, 30 Apr 2018
8:00p.m. EDT

Storytelling in Family History Writing
Presenter: Carol Baxter

Registration required: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7141236052668909058

The literary world condemns most family histories as 'fact-driven and tedious' because they are usually little more than prose timelines. Yet the phrase 'family history' tells us with the three ingredients we need to produce a piece of prose that is interesting to read or – even better – gripping. These ingredients are: 'family' (the facts about the family), 'history' (the historical context) and 'story.' In this seminar, Carol will show you how to tell a gripping story within a family history. She will also show you how to craft a family history that has a narrative or storytelling structure rather than the usual prose timeline structure that commences with 'John Smith was born on ...' and ends with 'John died on ...'

About the Presenter:Carol Baxter began researching her family history when she was seventeen and has turned her hobby into seven different career pathways. In 2004 she stumbled across a politically-charged Australian sex scandal and decided to try her hand at writing 'popular history.' She is now the internationally-acclaimed, award-winning author of six historical true-crime thrillers, as well as the author of many genealogical 'how to' books including Writing Interesting Family Histories (2009, 2010, 2016) and Writing and Publishing Gripping Family Histories (2016).

Carol is a Fellow of the Society of Australian Genealogists and an adjunct lecturer at the University of New England (Australia). Last year she was a guest lecturer at Sydney University teaching Masters' students in Creative Non-Fiction. She gives seminars on researching and writing at genealogical conferences in Australia and abroad and also at four Unlock the Past conferences on cruise ships. Additionally, Carol is an enrichment speaker on international cruise ships telling her true tales of murder, mystery and mayhem to the cruise ship guests.

Tuesday, 29 May 2018
8:00p.m. EDT

Publishing a Family History or 'How-To' Book
Presenter: Carol Baxter

Registration required: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5410783970946719235

Many family history researchers are daunted not only by the thought of writing a family history or genealogy ‘how to’ book but by their lack of knowledge about their publishing and marketing options. This seminar will cover each of the steps involved in self-publishing including writing programs, publishing programs, fonts, paragraph layout, column layout, page sizes, book weight, postage requirements, publishers and printers along with marketing to family members and the broader market.

About the Presenter:Carol Baxter began researching her family history when she was seventeen and has turned her hobby into seven different career pathways. In 2004 she stumbled across a politically-charged Australian sex scandal and decided to try her hand at writing 'popular history.' She is now the internationally-acclaimed, award-winning author of six historical true-crime thrillers, as well as the author of many genealogical 'how to' books including Writing Interesting Family Histories (2009, 2010, 2016) and Writing and Publishing Gripping Family Histories (2016).

Carol is a Fellow of the Society of Australian Genealogists and an adjunct lecturer at the University of New England (Australia). Last year she was a guest lecturer at Sydney University teaching Masters' students in Creative Non-Fiction. She gives seminars on researching and writing at genealogical conferences in Australia and abroad and also at four Unlock the Past conferences on cruise ships. Additionally, Carol is an enrichment speaker on international cruise ships telling her true tales of murder, mystery and mayhem to the cruise ship guests.




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