Association of Professional Genealogists Recognizes Five Members for Achievements in the Genealogy Profession

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., and WESTMINSTER, Colo., 31 August, 2012−Today at the 2012 Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Conference in Birmingham, Alabama., the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) honored five of its members for their contributions to the field of genealogy. APG President Kenyatta Berry presented the awards at today’s luncheon, which featured APG board member Mary Penner who presented, “Top Ten Reasons to Not Write Your Family History.”

Those honored with awards included:
  • Gordon Gray received the Grahame T. Smallwood, Jr., Award of Merit, an award honoring personal commitment and outstanding service to the APG. Gray served on the APG Board of Directors from 2006–20011; and was elected Treasurer twice, during the presidential terms of Jake Gehring and Laura Prescott. Gordon was responsible for working with the IRS to issue Employer Identification Numbers (EIN) for the APG chapters and worked with the chapters to gather financial information and worked on establishing procedures.
  • Janet Robyn Worthington, JP, NZRN, Dip. FHS, FSAG, 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. Worthington is a long-standing APG member and has been leader in the field of genealogical research and practice in Australia for the past 30 years. She served as a Councillor (1984–2008), Vice-President (1992–1996, 2005–2008), and Honorary Secretary (2007–2008) of the Society of Australian Genealogists, the oldest genealogy society in Australia, from 1984 until her retirement at the end of 2008. She continues to be a Benefactor of the Society and to support its work behind the scenes, and was elected Fellow of the Society in 1992. She has authored numerous books and articles.
Certificates of appreciation were awarded to three members:
  • Mary Penner was recognized for her outstanding service and significant contributions to APG, including her work on the newsletter, the Profession Issues Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee, and the membership working group.
  • Harold Henderson, CG, was presented the certificate in recognition of his exceptional dedication to APG, especially for going well above and beyond in his service as Chair of the APGQ Advisory Committee.
  • Eileen M. O’Duill, CG, also received a certificate. She has served on the APG board for eight years and was instrumental in organizing APG’s participation in Who Do You Think You Are in London? Live conference in London.
“Congratulations to our award recipients,” said APG President Kenyatta D. Berry. “We are pleased to honor these volunteers for their outstanding service to the organization and to the field of genealogy.”

About the Association of Professional Genealogists

The Association of Professional Genealogists (, established in 1979, represents more than 2,600 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, Twitter ( and Facebook (