Association of Professional Genealogists Announces Election Results

Ten Board Members and Two Nominating Committee Members Join to Support World’s Largest Professional Organization for Genealogy

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 12 November 2014—Today, the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) unveiled the results of its election of new board members and two nominating committee members. APG membership elected 10 at-large representative board members for two-year terms, 2015–2016. Two nominating committee members were chosen for the 2015 term. The newly-elected board members include:

Ruy Cardoso, CG, (Massachusetts) is a professional genealogist specializing in New England and Portuguese research. He brings to the board 30 years of experience as an actuary and 20 years in genealogy. He is active in the New England APG Chapter and is the founder of a long running local genealogy club.

Luana Darby (Utah) is a professional genealogist, author, and speaker with more than 25 years of experience in U.S., Canadian, and German records. She serves as APG’s conference booth and has held executive-level positions at the Utah Genealogical Association and other groups.

Bruce Durie, PhD (Scotland) was reelected to the APG Board. He is considered one of Scotland’s top genealogists. He started and directed the Genealogical Studies Programme at the University of Strathclyde and is now a fellow there. He has authored 30 books on family and local history and is known for his BBC Radio series, “Digging up Your Roots,” now in its 8th season.

Billie Stone Fogarty, (Oklahoma), a professional genealogist, was reelected to the APG Board. She is a frequent speaker and lecturer at national conferences and has served as president of the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the Oklahoma Genealogical Society.

Jan Gow, QSM, FSG (New Zealand) was reelected to the APG Board. She is a longtime member of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists, having served in many offices and capacities. She has been honored with several awards, including the Australasian Federation of Family History Societies award for meritorious service to Family History and the Queen's Service Medal. She was elected a Fellow of the Society of Genealogists in London in 2012.

Diane Gravel, CG, (New Hampshire) a professional genealogist and lecturer, was reelected to the APG Board. She has been very active in APG, serving on the board, several committees, and as a past president of the New England Chapter of APG. She is Vice President of the New Hampshire Society of Genealogists and is on the faculty of the 2015 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.

Kathryn Lake Hogan (Ontario, Canada) is a professional genealogist, speaker, and author specializing in Canadian research. She has written 15 research guides and authored Digging Your Canadian Roots. She is a graduate of the National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

Yvette Hoitink, (Netherlands) is a professional genealogist and speaker specializing in the Netherlands, and authors the popular blog Dutch Genealogy. In addition to client work, she leverages her background in computers and information technology to provide consulting services for archives and other organizations in the heritage sector.

Deborah Hooper, CG, (Delaware), a professional genealogist, was reelected to the APG Board. She completed the Boston University Genealogical Research Program and was the 2011 Walter Lee Sheppard Jr. prize winner, an award presented to exceptional students in the Advanced Methodology track at Samford University’s Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research.

Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG, FUGA (North Carolina) was reelected to the APG Board. Craig is a well-known genealogy educator, author of 13 books and numerous articles, and is owner of Heritage Books, Inc. A Grahame T. Smallwood Award recipient, Craig has been active in APG since he joined, holding office and serving on the APG Board and on numerous committees. He played an instrumental role in the formation of the Virtual APG chapter in Second Life and is helping to develop the APG Writer’s group.

Nominations Committee: Harold Henderson, CG, (Indiana) is a professional genealogist and writer who has authored numerous books and articles. He has served two terms on the APG board and chairs the APGQ Advisory Committee. He wites the Midwest Microhistory blog. Melanie D. Holtz, CG, (North Carolina) is a full-time professional genealogist and co-administrator of the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research. She has served APG in many capacities and currently works on the APG Professional Development Committee.

“We congratulate and welcome our new and returning board members,” said APG President, Kimberly T. Powell. “We look forward to their passion, expertise and contributions as we continue to grow the organization. We also thank the nominations committee for putting together such a strong slate, and our retiring board members for their service.”

About the Association of Professional Genealogists

The Association of Professional Genealogists, established in 1979, represents more than 2,700 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.