Meryl Schumacker Winner of APG Young Professional Scholarship

Association of Professional Genealogists Names Meryl Schumacker Winner of APG Young Professional Scholarship

WASHINGTON, D.C., and WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 29 September 2017 - Today at its 2017 Professional Management Conference in Washington, D.C., the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) announced Meryl Schumacker of New York, New York the winner of the APG Young Professional Scholarship.

The APG Young Professional Scholarship is awarded to a student or young professional between the ages of 18 and 29 who aspires to a professional career in genealogy. The scholarship includes registration for the APG Professional Management Conference (PMC) and a stipend to defray costs of travel and lodging at the conference.

Schumacker holds a B.A. from Carleton College in Minnesota, completed the Boston University Certificate Program in 2016, and is currently enrolled in the ProGen Study Group.

Schumacker volunteers for and works as a Genealogist-in-Residence at the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society and has written an article for its New York Researcher. She also does a beginning genealogy workshop at her synagogue, The City Congregation. She is a member of APG's New York Chapter.

Her work in unusual record types, including New York's insolvency records, has served to grow her professionally and analytically. New York City has such diverse repositories and collections. Working here has truly redefined my concept of reasonably exhaustive research, said Schumacker. On the PMC, she added, "I never would have been able to attend without the Young Professional Scholarship. I'm so grateful to APG and the Awards Committee for the opportunity."

Runners-up were Taieno Kaiser, Alec Ferretti, and Andre Bagley. Each received a complimentary one-year membership to APG.

APG announced additional awards at today's ceremony. See the press releases at

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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.

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