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.

©2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Virtual Initiatives from Utah Genealogical Association

Utah Genealogical Association

[Editor’s Note: we received the following information from the Utah Genealogical Association about an exciting new project involving virtual presentations and education.]

The Utah Genealogical Association is pleased to announce the launch of two virtual education initiatives for genealogists of all kinds–the UGA Genealogy Training and Tutorial Library (UGaTT) and the UGA Virtual Chapter. An introductory overview of both virtual projects can be found at This video overview is a summary recording of Barry Ewell’s presentation from the UGA membership meeting on October 19th. This recording covers the designs and plans for each project as well as the dates and stages of roll-out. The introductory video is a great way to understand the sweep of the plans and get excited about the progress that is coming as we take UGA into its 40th anniversary year.

First, we are pleased to present the first tutorials of the UGA Genealogy Training and Tutorial Library (UGaTT). The topics covered so far are:

  • Series: Top U.S. Research Records
  1. Series Overview and Objectives for the Top Four U. S. Research Records-Episode 1
  2. Introduction to the Top United States Records that Genealogists Use for Research-Episode 2
  • Series: Organization for Genealogists
  1. Series Overview and Objectives for Organization for Genealogists-Episode 1
  2. What Does Being Organized Mean to the Genealogist?-Episode 2
  • Series : Fives-step Genealogy Research Process
  1. Series Overview and Objectives for the Five-step Genealogy Research Process
    Episode 1
  2. Five Easy Steps to Getting Started: Genealogy is a Repeatable Process-Episode 2
  3. Step 1: Identify What You Know About Your Family-Episode 3
  4. Step 2: Decide What You Want to Learn About Your Family-Episode 4
  5. Step 3: Select Records to Search-Episode 5
  6. Step 4: Obtain and Search the Record-Episode 6
  7. Step 5: Evaluate and Use the Information-Episode 7

These first tutorials are the first three pieces of the “Bronze Level” of the program. As the program continues to roll-out there will be over 100 topics covered with a self-evaluation program in place to to test your comprehension and track your improvement. The UGaTT is arranged in three levels, Bronze, Silver, and Gold. The first level allows the beginning genealogist to improve their skills and prepare for the more advanced Silver and Gold levels. Participants earn pins and certificates for program completion. Parts of the Bronze level will always be free to the general public, with the more advanced Bronze, Silver and Gold Levels available to UGA members as they are completed. Please fill out the 5 question survey at to give us your feedback on this initial release.

Second, the first beta version of our Virtual Chapter has been released for your review at The meeting is one hour long and includes an introduction and a presentation by Barry Ewell. The presentation is on “How to Effectively Conduct Genealogy Research on the Internet.” We are collecting your comments and feedback in a short 6 question survey at Please participate in the survey so that we can refine the program. A second beta will be released on November 23rd with Janet Hovorka presenting “Archiving Your Genealogy Work Using the Library of Alexandria Rule” These two beta videos will be released to the general public and regular live sessions of the virtual chapter will commence in January with access to all UGA members.

©2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

NEHGS Announces Winter Weekend Research Getaway – Effective Use of Technology

New England Historic Genealogical Society - 6th Floor Library

[Editor’s Note: the following information was received from the New England Historic Genealogical Society and it looks like a great educational event!]

Winter Weekend Research Getaway – Effective Use of Technology

Thursday, January 27th –  Saturday January 29th 9:00AM- 5:00PM
New England Historic Genealogical Society
99 Newbury St.
Boston MA, 02116

NEHGS Weekend Research Getaways combine personal, guided research at the NEHGS Research Library with themed educational lectures to create a unique experience for every participant. Personal consultations with NEHGS genealogists throughout the program allow visitors to explore their own genealogical projects, under the guiding hand of the nation’s leading family history experts.

Our Winter Research Getaway, “Effective Use of Technology,” offers a variety of lectures surrounding “best practices” in using technology including researching online, software, and other topics relevant to any genealogist.

For more information, visit our website at, or call Joshua Taylor at 617-226-1226.

©2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee