Thursday, March 6, 2014

APG Hosts Discussion Groups

The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) is offering new group discussions for their members on the following topics:
  • Starting A Business
  • Writing and Blogging
  • Publishing
  • Personal Branding and Diversifying Your Income to Make a Profit
  • Forensic Genealogy
These are not lectures, but online roundtable discussions where APG members can ask questions and share advice. They are hosted by experts and are a great way to learn about these topics. APG members have been sent an email with log in instructions. If you are not yet an APG member, this is one more benefit of membership. The dates, topics and discussion group leaders are listed below in the announcement from APG.

New Discussion Group Meetings - March 6 through May 20

We are pleased to announce eight new upcoming APG Discussion Group Meetings.

These meetings are open to all APG Members with no pre-registration and are a unique way to learn from and network with your colleagues. The access instructions for each discussion group can be found below, as well biographies of each Discussion Group leader.

The meeting room will open 15 minutes prior to the scheduled starting time and holds a maximum of 25 attendees. Therefore, access will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Discussion Groups are meant to be discussions on a particular topic, not lectures or webinars. It is through the give and take of these discussions that the best learning experiences will occur. Please come prepared with your questions.

If you have any questions, please contact Melanie D. Holtz, CG at Melanie@holtzresearch.com.

We hope you enjoy the sessions!

APG Professional Development Committee



WHEN: Thursday, March 6, 2014, 9:00 p.m. EST

TOPIC:  Starting a Business

DISCUSSION GROUP LEADER: Amy Arner

Amy E. K. Arner specializes in Western Pennsylvania research and editing. She serves on the APG Board of Directors and previously was the president of the Great Lakes Chapter. In 2013, the Association of Professional Genealogists awarded her a Certificate of Appreciation for her service to the organization.


WHEN: Friday, March 21, 2014, 9:00 p.m. EST

TOPIC: Publishing

DISCUSSION GROUP LEADER: Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG, FUGA

Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG, FUGA is the President and CEO of Heritage Books, Inc. A professional genealogical and historical researcher for more than twenty-nine years, he specializes in the records of the National Archives, especially those that relate to the military. IGHR, SLIG and GRIP Military Course Coordinator.


WHEN: Saturday, March 22, 2014, 10:00 a.m. EST

TOPIC:  Publishing

DISCUSSION GROUP LEADER: Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG, FUGA

Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG, FUGA is the President and CEO of Heritage Books, Inc. A professional genealogical and historical researcher for more than twenty-nine years, he specializes in the records of the National Archives, especially those that relate to the military. IGHR, SLIG and GRIP Military Course Coordinator.


WHEN: Friday, April 4, 2014, 11:00 a.m. EST

TOPIC: Personal Branding and Diversifying Your Income to Make a Profit

DISCUSSION GROUP LEADER: Michael Hait, CG

Michael Hait, CG, is a full-time professional genealogist, with over fifteen years of research experience across the United States. His specialties include Maryland research, African American genealogy, and records of the U. S. Civil War/Reconstruction era. Michael is a frequent contributor to genealogy magazines and journals, and a popular lecturer. For more information on Michael's available services, visit http://www.haitfamilyresearch.com.


WHEN: Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 1:00 p.m. EST

TOPIC: Starting a Business

DISCUSSION GROUP LEADER: Amy Arner

Amy E. K. Arner specializes in Western Pennsylvania research and editing. She serves on the APG Board of Directors and previously was the president of the Great Lakes Chapter. In 2013, the Association of Professional Genealogists awarded her a Certificate of Appreciation for her service to the organization.


WHEN: Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 12:00 p.m. EST

TOPIC: Writing and Blogging

SESSION LEADER: Harold Henderson, CG

Harold Henderson, CG has been a professional writer since 1979, a professional genealogist since 2009, and a board-certified genealogist since 2012. He has published over 1300 blog posts and more than 50 articles, including several in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and American Ancestors Journal (annual supplement to the New England Historical and Genealogical Register).


WHEN: Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 9:00 p.m. EST

TOPIC:  Forensic Genealogy

DISCUSSION GROUP LEADERS:

Kelvin L. Meyers
A professional genealogist for the last twenty-five years, Kelvin contracts with law firms, banks, and energy companies as a forensic genealogist. He also searches for missing or unknown heirs to estates and to oil and gas leases.
As a board member of the Council for the Advancement for Forensic Genealogy (CAFG), Kelvin lectures at the Forensic Genealogy Institute held by CAFG. He has been a guest lecturer at the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research at Samford University and will return this summer lecturing in the Trans-Mississippi tract.

Cathi Becker Wiest Desmarais, CG
Cathi is a full-time professional genealogist and the current APG Vice-President. She also serves on the board of the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy and coordinates its mentor program. Cathi locates missing or unknown heirs and works on U.S. Army military repatriation cases, finding next-of-kin and family DNA donors for MIA soldiers from past wars. She is an instructor at the Forensic Genealogy Institute and the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh.

Melanie D. Holtz, CG
Melanie is a full-time professional genealogist who specializes in Italian and Forensic Genealogy. She has worked on over 200 dual citizenship cases and researched U.S. Army military repatriation cases. Melanie is a member of the APG Board of Directors, the Vice President of the North Carolina Chapter, and serves as Chair of APG’s Professional Development Committee.


WHEN: Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 9:00 p.m. EST 
TOPIC: Personal Branding and Diversifying Your Income to Make a Profit
DISCUSSION GROUP LEADER: Michael Hait, CG

Michael Hait, CG, is a full-time professional genealogist, with over fifteen years of research experience across the United States. His specialties include Maryland research, African American genealogy, and records of the U. S. Civil War/Reconstruction era. Michael is a frequent contributor to genealogy magazines and journals, and a popular lecturer. For more information on Michael's available services, visit http://www.haitfamilyresearch.com.

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