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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
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.

Monday, 19 June 2017
8:00p.m. EDT

War Stories: Tales from Military Repatriation Research
Presenter: Ruy Cardoso, Certified Genealogist®

Registration required:

Military repatriation research requires particular credentials and some less common genealogical skills: finding living relatives of people who died decades ago, understanding military next-of-kin rules, tracing very specific lines for mitochondrial and Y-DNA testing, and engaging in delicate discussions with people who often were either very close to the soldier or who have no idea who he was. No two cases are the same, and the approach when the soldier was an only child can be very different from when he had eight siblings. Creative use of small details in records is often essential, and family members can be critical for locating someone otherwise impossible to find. Come learn about one researcher's approach to these cases, the unexpected obstacles which sometimes arise, and the satisfaction of finding those all-important relatives and bringing cases to a successful conclusion.

About the Presenter: Ruy Cardoso, Certified Genealogist®, has completed 20 military repatriation cases for the US Army since the summer of 2015, all concerning WWII soldiers. He is currently serving in his second term as a member of the APG Board of Directors and has been an active member of the New England chapter for the past seven years. In addition to his military work, Ruy has assisted clients with other projects that require finding living people as well as more traditional ancestry-driven projects such as lineage applications, compilation of multi-generation family trees, and college scholarship applications.

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.

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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