Association of Professional Genealogists Announces Election Results

Association of Professional Genealogists

[Editor’s Note: we just received this press release from the Association of Professional Genealogists as to the recent election results for board and committee members.  We’re happy to say that many of those elected are also genealogy bloggers!]

World’s Largest Professional Genealogical Association Names 10 Board Members and Two Committee Members

WESTMINSTER, Colo., November 16, 2010—The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) announced today the results of its 2010 election of new board members and committee members. In a general election voted upon by APG members, 10 board members were elected for two-year terms, 2011 –2012. Two nominating committee members were chosen for the 2011 term. The newly-elected board members include:

Region 1 – West: Mary Penner (New Mexico) has been elected to a second term on the board. She chairs the Professional Issues Committee, has lectured at two APG Professional Management Conferences and has been a frequent contributor to several genealogy publications. Beverly Rice, CG (Oregon) is a past APG treasurer and secretary and currently works on the APG Roundtable committee. She is a trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists and is the director of American Studies for the National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

Region 2 – Midwest: Harold Henderson (Indiana) is a professional genealogist and writer who has authored numerous books and articles. He serves on the board of his county genealogical society and writes the Midwest Microhistory blog. Debbie Parker Wayne, CG (Texas) is a founding member of APG’s Lone Star Chapter and has managed publicity for the APG Professional Management Conference for the past two years. She is the webmaster for many sites, including that of the ProGen Study Group.

Region 3 – Southeast: Diane Giannini, CG (Virginia), serves on the board of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society and is past-president of the Charles County Maryland Genealogical Society. She has written for Digital Genealogist and NGS News Magazine. Donald W. Moore, CG (Virginia), elected to a second term, is past president of the Virginia Beach Genealogical Society, incumbent vice president of the Virginia Genealogical Society and editor of its newsletter. He has also written for Digital Genealogist and has provided reviews to several genealogical publications.

Region 4 – Northeast: Amy E.K. Arner (Pennsylvania), elected to a third term, is a professional genealogist specializing in Western Pennsylvania, the past-president of the Great Lakes Chapter and a proofreader for the APG Quarterly. Kimberly T. Powell (Pennsylvania), author of several books, has written and blogged about genealogy for for more than 10 years. She conducted research for the PBS show, Faces of America.

International Region 5A: Eileen O’Duill, CG (Ireland), elected for a third term, specializes in international probate research and has lectured at national conferences in the United States and in Ireland. She has worked on programs to grow APG’s presence internationally.

International Region 5C: Carole Riley (Australia), elected for a second term, is a genealogist based in Sydney who specializes in New South Wales, including convicts, migration, probate and more.

Nominations Committee: Brent Morgan (Virginia) is the chair of the Society of Civil War Families of Ohio and is the registrar for the Richmond, Virginia Chapter Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). Gena Philibert Ortega (California) is the genealogy community director for FamilyLink, where she is newsletter editor for WorldVitalRecords and manages GenealogyWise. She has authored more than 100 articles published in a wide range of genealogy publications. She serves as vice president for the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

About the APG

The Association of Professional Genealogists (, established in 1979, represents more than 2,400 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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What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.

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