Thursday, March 31, 2011

Association of Professional Genealogists Prepares for 2011 National Genealogical Society Family History Conference

Association of Professional Genealogists Prepares for 2011 National Genealogical Society Family History Conference

APG Members to Educate Conference Goers on How to Hire a Professional Genealogist and How to Become a Professional Genealogist

WESTMINSTER, Colo., March 30, 2011—The Association of Professional Genealogists (http://www.apgen.org) will head to Charleston, South Carolina, this spring for the 2011 National Genealogical Society (NGS) Family History Conference. Conference attendees can visit the APG booth (#117 and # 216) to learn more about hiring a professional genealogist, as well as how to become one.

APG President Laura Prescott notes, “The popularity of mainstream genealogy television programs, such as Who Do You Think You Are?, has led to a rapid rise in demand for many of our members’ professional services. Professionals are called upon to provide a wide range of services, from researching a client’s entire ancestry to solving tough brick-wall problems. NGS provides an opportunity for APG and its members to educate a broad audience on the importance of ethics and standards in the field of genealogy.”

In addition to exhibiting at the conference, APG will host several events, including:

- The members-only APG Roundtable, to be held Tuesday, 10 May, 7–9 p.m. The panel discussion topic will be “Looking for Clients in all the Right Places.”

- An APG-sponsored lecture by Maureen Taylor, “Hunting History: Searching for the Revolutionary War Generation” on Wednesday, 11 May at 2:30 p.m.

- An APG Luncheon, to be held on Friday, 13 May, where Eileen O’Duill, CG, will present, “Mrs. Fancy Tart is Coming to Tea: Making Sense of Family Stories.”

The National Genealogical Society has posted information about APG show events on its blog at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/.

About the APG

The Association of Professional Genealogists (http://www.apgen.org), established in 1979, represents more than 2,400 genealogists, librarians, writers, editors, historians, instructors, booksellers, publishers and others involved in genealogy-related businesses. APG encourages genealogical excellence, ethical practice, mentoring and education. The organization also supports the preservation and accessibility of records useful to the fields of genealogy, local and social history. Its members represent all fifty states, Canada, and thirty other countries.