2015 APG Awards to Arner, Rencher, Oiesen and O'Sullivan

Association of Professional Genealogists Recognizes Members Amy E. K. Arner and David Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA for Contributions to the Organization and to the Genealogy Profession

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, and WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 8 January, 2015− The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) honored three of its members for their achievements and service to the field of genealogy today at its 2015 Professional Management Conference (PMC) in Salt Lake City. APG President Kimberly T. Powell presented the awards at today’s opening session of PMC. Award recipients included:

Amy E. K. Arner received the Grahame T. Smallwood, Jr., Award of Merit, which honors personal commitment and outstanding service to the APG. Arner was an APG board member from 2007—2012 and was reelected in 2014. She served for many years on the Publications Advisory Committee and is presently a proofreader for the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly. She is a past president of the APG Great Lakes Chapter

David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA, received the APG Professional Achievement Award. The award, created in 2007, recognizes exceptional professional achievement and ethical behavior with contributions to the field of genealogy. A longtime APG member, Rencher was chosen for his leadership as Chief Genealogical Officer of FamilySearch, which he shepherded into the 21st century with innovation and unprecedented record access. He was also the director of the Family History Library, updating and computerizing the facility. His contributions to both the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the British Institute helped to propel them into world-class genealogical education forums. This award also recognizes his efforts with the Federation of Genealogical Societies to promote access to the War of 1812 pensions through crowd funding, and his efforts as the Chair of the Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC), a joint committee of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the National Genealogical Society, and the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies. He is past president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (1997-2001) and the Utah Genealogical Association.

Corey Oiesen received a Certificate of Appreciation for her service to APG.

“These award recipients represent the service, dedication, and imagination that have carried the genealogy field forward,” said APG President Kimberly T. Powell. “We thank them for their hard work in the field and for APG.”

APG also announced the 2015 winner of its Young Professional Scholarship, Bryna O’Sullivan. See the press release at http://www.apgen.org.

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The Association of Professional Genealogists (www.apgen.org), 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 (www.twitter.com/apggenealogy), Facebook, and Google+.