Wednesday, October 22, 2014

APG Offers Discount on New Membership and PMC




Register Now: APG PMC
                       8–9 January 2015, Salt Lake City

Association of Professional Genealogists Offers Limited-Time Discount on New Membership and PMC Registration

Unique, Professionally-Focused Educational and Networking Opportunity for Those Interested in Genealogy; Savings for New Registrations Runs One Week Only

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 22 October 2014 −The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) today announced a discounted, limited-time bundle that includes 1-year membership in APG and registration to APG’s Professional Management Conference (PMC) being held in January 2015. This week onlyWednesday 22 October to Wednesday, 29 October 2014registrants can receive a new APG membership plus full-conference registration for PMC for $245, which is $20 off the cost if purchased separately.

Themed “Professional-Grade Genealogy,” the conference will be held 89 January 2015 at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. Register for this special bundle at www.apgen.org/conferences/special.html.

“Membership in the Association of Professional Genealogists is key to the educational and networking needs of professional genealogists,” said APG President Kimberly Powell. “APG’s Professional Management Conference pairs advanced lectures with unique networking opportunities, appealing to the needs of professionals of all skill levels. If you’re new to professional genealogy or know someone interested in APG membership, this week’s offer makes now an excellent time to join.”

PMC 2015 – A Must-Attend Event
The 2015 PMC is the only genealogical conference focused on providing professional genealogists with opportunities for networking, advanced education, and professional and business development:

  • Keynote by Tim Sullivan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ancestry.com, who brings a unique perspective on business, genealogy, and the professional genealogists’ vital role in the industry. Ancestry ProGenealogists is a Diamond-Level PMC sponsor.
  • 15 breakout sessions offer training on key topics for professional genealogists: DNA, time management, genealogical standards, citation writing, having difficult conversations, setting fees, adoption research, and professional writing and speaking.
  • Lunch with FamilySearch's Chief Genealogical Officer, David Rencher, AG, CG. PMC Diamond-Level sponsor FamilySearch is supplementing the cost of lunch on Thursday, 8 January -- making this plated lunch just $10 per person! Seats are limited and open only to PMC registrants.
  • New in 2015, PMC Poster Sessions offer one-of-a-kind networking opportunities by providing PMC attendees with an informal, interactive opportunity to showcase research, share work, and exchange ideas.
  • Complimentary attendee-benefits from PMC Platinum-Level sponsors: One-year subscription to online data-backup service BackBlaze (value $50). Registration to online course “Business Skills: Business Administration” from The National Institute for Genealogical Studies ($89 value). 
  • The annual APG member meeting and the complimentary APG reception.
  • And MUCH more!

Register today for PMC 2015 and a 1-year APG membership at www.apgen.org/conferences/special.html. The website also includes full conference details, class descriptions, speaker bios and more.

The new-member-and-PMC-registration offer will run from 22—29 October 2014 and applies only to applicants who are not currently members of APG (and/or have not been for the past two years). Applicants must sign up for APG membership and a full PMC registration to receive the discount.

Breakout Sessions Will Include:

Thomas Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS—You’ve Got Options: Many Ways to Cite Right (3-hour workshop)

Angie Bush, MS—DNA and Genealogical Proof

CeCe Moore—Genealogy Professionals Needed: How Adoptees Discover their Genealogical Roots (2-hour workshop)

Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL—Finding the Law

Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL—(1) Measuring Yourself against Standards: A Practical Guide for Improving Your Skills (2-hour workshop) and (2) Get Paid for Your Passion: Setting Fees

Angela Packer McGhie—Time Management: Successfully Balancing the Demands of Our Many "Clients"

Kimberly Powell—Organizing Your Research and Writing with Scrivener

James M. Beidler—(1) Finding Your Niche: Matching Passion, Professionalism, and Pecuniary Interest
 and (2) Taxes and the Professional Genealogist

Anastasia Harman—Professional Writing Foundations: 5 Ways to Improve Your Writing Today (2-hour workshop)

Ron Arons, MBA—Mind Maps for Genealogy

Thomas MacEntee—Self-Publishing for Genealogists

Billie Stone Fogarty, MEd—So You Want to be a Genealogical Speaker

Christina Grover—How to Have Difficult Conversations with Clients and Colleagues


About the Association of Professional Genealogists
The Association of Professional Genealogists (www.apgen.org), 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 (www.twitter.com/apggenealogy) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/AssociationofProfessionalGenealogists).

Media Contacts:
Kathleen W. Hinckley, CG
Executive Director
Association of Professional Genealogists
P.O. Box 535, Wheat Ridge, CO 80034-0535
Phone: +1-303-465-6980

Corey Oiesen
Communications Officer
Association of Professional Genealogists
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Friday, October 17, 2014

SLIG 2015 Early-Bird Registration Ends on October 31st

SLIG 2015 Early-Bird Registration Ends on October 31st!

The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) will be held January 12-16, 2015. All courses and events will be held at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center Hotel. Labs, if applicable, and research facilities will be available at the Family History Library.

2015 Tracks

In 2015, SLIG is offering twelve tracks. The foremost experts in the field for each subject provide students with at least twenty hours of in-depth instruction on their topic. The format allows coordinators and instructors to build on the understanding gained from each lecture, building a foundation rather than giving scattered information. Students leave with a much deeper understanding of the topic.

The following four tracks still have seats remaining:

Beyond the Library: Research in Original Source Repositories (John Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA)
This course explores repositories of original historical sources: archives, courthouses and manuscript collections. The purpose of this course is to take the mystery and trepidation out of using original source repositories.

Finding Immigrant Origins (David Ouimette, CG)
This course covers the key historical sources and research methodologies for family historians tracing immigrant origins. We explore chain migration, ethnic migration paths, surname localization, DNA evidence, cluster genealogy, and other tools to help find your immigrant’s ancestral village.

Resources and Strategies for US Research, Part I (Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FUGA, FMGS)
This course provides in-depth study of 19th-21st century U.S. resources and methodologies for utilizing them. Analyze content, origin, location, and develop tools and strategies to interpret records. 

Advanced German Research (F. Warren Bittner, CG) -- one seat available
This advanced methods course is designed for genealogists with basic church book experience who are ready to develop advanced skills. 


Early-bird registration ends on October 31, 2014. If you log in as a member first your information will be populated and you will be automatically charged the reduced rate. If you are a non-UGA member you may purchase a membership, register as a non-member, and be refunded the difference. If you have questions please call the main UGA phone number at (801) 259-4172 or email sligdirector@ugagenealogy.org. You will be given the option to pay by credit card using PayPal (you do not have to have a PayPal account) or by sending a check.

Tuition is $375 for UGA members and $425 for non-members (a $50 savings). You MUST be logged in to the member’s area of the website prior to registering to receive the member discount. These tuition prices are applicable through October 31, 2014 when early-bird registration expires. (After October 31, 2014, tuition is $425 for UGA members and $475 for non-members). Two payment options are available: pay online with your credit card via PayPal or pay via check through the mail. Your place in the course is reserved upon checkout.

We recommend staying at the conference hotel, the Hilton Salt Lake City Center in order to obtain the full institute experience and have access to special events and networking with the instructors and other attendees. SLIG’s reduced rate is $129/night (reduced from $269/night). This rate is set for up to four people in a room. The rooms are spacious and a two-queen room can comfortably accommodate four people.