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28 April 2010 ~ 1 Comment

APG Reaches 2000th Member Mark!

Association of Professional Genealogists

We just received the following information from the Association of Professional Genealogists – and congratulations on this wonderful accomplishment of 2,000 members!

Association of Professional Genealogists Grows to More than 2,000 Members

Growing Interest in Genealogy Drives Need for Professionals

WESTMINSTER, Colo. and SALT LAKE CITY, April 28, 2010 – Today at the National Genealogical Society Family History Conference in Salt Lake City, the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) announced that it has just surpassed the 2,000-membership mark. As the world’s leading professional organization of family history and related professionals, the APG supports professional genealogists throughout the world.

“This milestone comes at a time when interest in genealogy is mushrooming, as both a pastime and a profession,” said APG President Laura Prescott. “Recent television shows like NBC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” and PBS’s “Faces of America” have helped raise awareness and stimulate interest from a broader audience. This increase in interest is leading more people to hire genealogists and we’ll need more professionals in the field. APG helps professionals develop their skills and build their networks, while promoting standards and ethics.”

The APG has experienced steady growth in membership since its founding more than 30 years ago. With 23 local chapters in the U.S. and Canada, the organization supports a variety of professions within the field, including researchers, librarians, editors, archivists, lecturers, event planners and more.

Visitors to this week’s National Genealogical Society Family History Conference may learn more by visiting the APG booth, number 314. Booth volunteers are available to answer questions regarding how to hire a professional genealogist, use the APG online directory of professionals, and become a professional genealogist. Visitors will also find a list of APG members who are giving lectures at the conference.

About the Association of Professional Genealogists The Association of Professional Genealogists (http://www.apgen.org), established in 1979, represents more than 2,000 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, local, and social history. Its members represent all fifty states, Canada, and thirty other countries.

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This is great news for the genealogy industry as well as the field of genealogy as it continues to progress as a profession!  I am a proud member of APG and depend upon its resources constantly.  Please consider joining APG even if you aren’t a professional – if just to follow the genealogy industry.

©2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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27 April 2010 ~ 6 Comments

Genealogy Citations Made Easy

genealogy citations

And if not easy, at least easier!

Are you new to the genealogy and family history field and confused about using source citations for your research?  Or have you been doing research for years and just never got the hang of how to cite your sources?

Well here is our Genealogy Source Citations Quick Reference card (opens in PDF) which is free to all High-Definition Genealogy visitors.  In it you’ll find information on the do’s and don’ts of citations, the components of a citation, basic citation formats, as well as resources for learning more about citations.

©2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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13 April 2010 ~ 1 Comment

A Successful Virtual Workshop for CGSL

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This past Saturday – April 10, 2010 – I presented They’re Alive – Searching for Living Persons for members of the California Genealogical Society and Library (CGSL) in Oakland, CA.  The neat thing is I was able to do this from the comfort of my home here in Chicago, IL using webinar technology.

When I started High-Definition Genealogy, I decided one of the offerings which would be of value to the genealogy community is distance education. What does this entail? Here’s a list of components and advantages made available to not only genealogical societies but individuals as well:

  • Technology rules.  I purchased a WebEx subscription earlier this year and I couldn’t be happier!  I can meet with colleagues at a moments notice and it doesn’t cost them a thing to connect!  I’ve actually been able to meet with genealogy vendors on short notice to discuss issues and demo applications on screen.
  • Easy setup.  CGSL set up a laptop with a screen and projector in the middle of their board room.  They called me from their conference phone so I could speak to the audience and they could answer questions.  I was not only able to display my PowerPoint slides, but I also could share my computer desktop and demo searches in real time.  Plus, I used my web cam to let the audience know that there was a real person running this workshop!
  • Lower costs.  Instead of CGSL having to pay for my travel expenses or for me to pay my own way, using distance education we both were able to keep our costs down.

So what does the future hold?  Well, soon I’ll be posting a list of offerings including a new workshop on how to become a genealogy speaker as well as one on how to obtain writing gigs for genealogy magazines and journals.  I will be able to offer this to individuals at a very reasonable price with folks connecting from the comfort of their own home.

In addition, I’ll be expanding my offerings to genealogy societies by allowing them to hire me as a speaker for their next meeting or special workshop at a very reasonable price compared to my “live in-person” speaking fee.  In addition, at the discretion of the genealogy society, they could allow their members to connect from their home computers.

Stay tuned!

© 2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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