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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 5+ years of past webinars are available to APG members as a benefit of membership. We would love to have you join us!


Event Details
Thursday, 30 March 2017
8:30p.m. EDT

Write or Regret it! Research Logs: How, When, and Why
Presenter: Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG

Registration required:

Research logs are an integral part of effective genealogical organization. Each project is different, so the research log should be adapted to each project. This lecture will introduce the importance of research logs, give examples of differing styles, and show how research logs are best used with other tools, including timelines and research plans. The research logs in this discussion will focus on using word document programs rather than specialized organizational programs. When used consistently, your research log will go from being a burden to keep up to a critical tool in your genealogical analysis arsenal.

About the Presenter: Rebecca Whitman Koford holds a Certified Genealogist® credential. Her focus is in American research with special emphasis in Maryland and the War of 1812. She has been taking clients and lecturing since 2004. She has spoken for the National Genealogical Society Conference, Maryland State Archives, and for groups in Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and Delaware. She is a board member of the Maryland Genealogical Society and volunteers at the Family History Center in Frederick, Maryland. She has published articles in the APG Quarterly, NGS Magazine and the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal. She is a graduate of the fourth ProGen Study Group, an online peer-led study program based on the book Professional Genealogy by Elizabeth Shown Mills, and was appointed ProGen Administrator in January 2015. Rebecca lives in Mt. Airy, Maryland, with three active teenagers and a very patient husband.

Thursday, 27 Apr 2017
8:00p.m. EDT

Archivists: Who Are They and What Do They Do?
Presenter: Melissa Barker

Registration required:

Have you ever wondered just who archivists are? What do they do all day in the archives they work in? Are you considering a career as an archivist? This presentation will provide insights into the archivist profession, educational requirements, and the work that is performed in archives everyday.

About the Presenter: Melissa Barker is a Certified Archives Records Manager currently working as the Houston County, Tennessee archivist. She is also a professional genealogist lecturing, teaching and writing about the genealogy research process, researching in archives and records preservation. She conducts virtual webinar presentations all across the United States for genealogical and historical societies. She writes a popular blog entitled "A Genealogist in the Archives." She is the Reviews Editor for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) magazine FORUM. She writes a bi-weekly advice column entitled "The Archive Lady" that can be viewed at She has been researching her own family history for the past 26 years.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017
8:30p.m. EDT

Acceleration Fuel: From Genealogy Business Idea to Making Real Money
Presenter: Janet Hovorka

Registration required:

What does it take to propel an idea into a real company? How do you determine if a new concept would work in the genealogy market? And then what do you do with it once you determine it is viable? Come learn the four critical steps to put your genius into motion without waste. Making real money is possible in the genealogy industry if you know how to test and pivot to find real sustainable growth. Learn from real world examples about what makes a genealogy company successful.

About the Presenter: Janet Hovorka received a B.A. in History and a Master's in Library and Information Science from BYU. She and her husband Kim own Family ChartMasters, the official printers for most genealogy software and database companies and GenealogyDOTcoach, a new online service that helps family history enthusiasts connect to professionals to get the specific help they need. Janet is also the author of the Zap The Grandma Gap book and workbook series to help people connect with their family by connecting them to their family history. Janet shares her passion for how family history feeds the soul on her two blogs and has written for numerous genealogy publications. She is a past President of the Utah Genealogical Association and teaches library science, business and genealogy courses at Salt Lake Community College.

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