APG: Awards for Contributions to the Genealogy Profession

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., and WESTMINSTER, Colo., September 9, 2011−Today at the 2011 Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Conference in Springfield, Ill., the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) honored five of its members for their exceptional achievements in the field of genealogy. APG President Laura Prescott presented the awards at today’s luncheon, which featured APG Vice President Kenyatta Berry, who presented, “Discovering a Genealogical Treasure Trove with A.B. Caldwell.”

Those honored with awards included:

Jake Gehring received the Grahame T. Smallwood, Jr., Award of Merit, an award honoring personal commitment and outstanding service to the APG. Gehring served on the APG Board of Directors from 2004–2005; as Vice President 2006–2007; and President 2008–2009.

Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA, was awarded the APG Professional Achievement Award. The award, created in 2007, recognizes exceptional professional achievement and ethical behavior with contributions to the field of genealogy. Dr. Jones has served as co-editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly since 2002 and is a past APG board member and Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG®) trustee and president. With more than forty years of research and teaching experience, he frequently lectures, teaches, and writes about genealogical methodology. He is an instructor for Boston University’s Genealogical Research Certificate program, Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.

Amy E. K. Arner received the APGQ Award in recognition of her consistent contributions. She has written the APG Quarterly Mailing List column for several years, adapting it to meet changing circumstances along the way. She has also been a proofreader and a member of the APG Publications Advisory Committee.

Certificates of appreciation were awarded to Beverly Rice, CG, APG Roundtable coordinator, 2005–10, and to Melanie D. Holtz, CG, complier for APG Quarterly’s “Chapter Spotlight” and “Member News” sections from 2008–11.

“Today’s award recipients represent excellence in leadership and service to the field of genealogy,” said APG President Laura Prescott. “The range of this group’s service demonstrates the breadth and depth of genealogical volunteer opportunities in our field. We thank them for their outstanding contributions.”

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).