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02 August 2010 ~ Comments Off

Upcoming Appearance – APG PMC in Knoxville, TN

Association of Professional Genealogists

Just before the start of the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ Annual Conference, I will be one of the panelists of the Association of Professional Genealogists‘ Annual Meeting and Roundtable on Tuesday, August 17, 2010 in Salon AB of the Hilton Hotel in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The topic of the roundtable is “Your Internet Presence- How to get IT and what to do with IT: A discussion of what IT is.”  I am honored to share the table with these  APG members and leaders in the genealogy field: Drew Smith, Josh Taylor, Kathy Hinckley, Katherine Flynn and Laura Prescott, moderator.

As stated in a recent blog posting:

The panel members will each discuss a particular option or area that can enhance a professional’s web presence then the discussion will be open to the audience for questions and a sharing of ideas. This is a subject that can have some of us quaking in our boots while others are smiling with the opportunity to expand their horizons. Which are you?

The APG Roundtable is open to all APG members and their guests.  If you are interested in becoming an APG member you are welcome to participate in learning and sharing from other professionals.

I am looking forward to a great discussion and the chance to interact with my colleagues in the field of professional genealogy.

©2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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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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