Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Association of Professional Genealogists Kicks Off 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

CHARLESTON, S.C. and WESTMINSTER, Colo., May 11, 2011—The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) (www.apgen.org) kicked off what promises to be a very active week at the 2011 National Genealogical Society (NGS) Family History Conference in Charleston, South Carolina. 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 is sponsoring several meetings and events at the conference.

The theme for this year’s NGS conference is “Where the Past is Still Present.” APG President Laura Prescott said, “APG’s widespread presence at NGS allows our members to educate a broad audience of how a professional can help when it comes to discovering the past and tying it to the present. Conference attendees are encouraged to meet our members at the APG booth and learn more about hiring a professional genealogist.” Booth visitors also will see a world map on display that shows the locations and geographic specialties of APG members.

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

• Members-only APG Roundtable, Tuesday, May 10, 7–9 p.m., Ballroom C2, Charleston Area Convention Center. The panel discussion topic will be “Looking for Clients in all the Right Places.” Panelists: Marie Melchiori, CG, CGL, Maureen Taylor, Kenyatta Berry, and J. Mark Lowe, CG, with Beverly Rice, CG, serving as moderator.

• APG-sponsored lecture by Maureen Taylor, “Hunting History: Searching for the Revolutionary War Generation,” Wednesday, May 11, 2:30 p.m., Ballroom C2, Charleston Area Convention Center.

• Gathering of the Chapters, Thursday, May 12, 4:00 p.m., Cooper Room, ground floor of Embassy Suites Hotel. Open to members of chapters and anyone interested in starting a chapter. Informal gathering for Q&A and presentation of the Golden Chapter Award.

• APG Board Meeting, Friday, May 13, 8:15 a.m.–noon, Cooper Room, ground floor of Embassy Suites Hotel. Members are welcome to attend.

• APG Luncheon, Friday, May 13, Ballroom C4, Charleston Area Convention Center. Eileen O’Duill, CG, will present, “Mrs. Fancy Tart is Coming to Tea: Making Sense of Family Stories.” Ticket required.

About APG

The Association of Professional Genealogists (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 and history. Its members represent all fifty states, Canada and thirty other countries. APG is active on LinkedIn, on Twitter (www.twitter.com/apggenealogy) and on FaceBook (www.facebook.com/AssociationofProfessionalGenealogists).