WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 30 July 2014 −The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) today opened registration and announced the theme and speakers for its 2015 APG Professional Management Conference (PMC). The theme for the event, now in its 18th year, is “Professional-Grade Genealogy.” Thirteen speakers from a variety of backgrounds will cover key topics for professional genealogists, including DNA, time-management, genealogical standards, citation writing, having difficult conversations, setting fees, adoption research, and professional writing and speaking. PMC is the only genealogical conference focused on instruction for the professional genealogist, providing opportunities for networking as well as professional and business development. The event will be held the 8-9 January 2015 at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah.
“As genealogy continues to grow as a profession, so must educational opportunities designed for the professional,” said APG President Kimberly Powell. “To accommodate the need for professional education and offer the networking opportunities our attendees enjoy, we have expanded APG’s Professional Management Conference program to two full days. We are also offering some new aspects to the event to engage and involve attendees.”
What’s New at APG’s PMC 2015
This year’s event includes 16 sessions held over two full days, including four workshops and many topics that offer practical advice for business owners. Also new this year will be PMC Poster Sessions, unique networking opportunities providing professional genealogists with an informal, interactive opportunity to showcase research, share work, and exchange ideas. See www.apgen.org/conferences for deadlines and instructions on submitting proposals for a Poster Session.
Register Now for APG’s PMC 2015
Attendance at PMC is open to APG members and to non-members. Attendees may choose to attend the full conference or a single day. Early-bird pricing ends 15 October 2014. Details on pricing and the conference sessions are available at www.apgen.org/conferences. Registration for virtual access to select sessions (Virtual PMC) will open later this year.
Speakers and Topics Will Include:
- Thomas Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS—Three-part Workshop: You’ve Got Options: Many Ways to Cite Right
- Angie Bush, MS—DNA and Genealogical Proof
- CeCe Moore—Workshop: Genealogy Professionals Needed: How Adoptees Discover their Genealogical Roots
- Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL—Finding the Law
- Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL—(1) Workshop: Measuring Yourself against Standards: A Practical Guide for Improving Your Skills 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—Workshop: Professional Writing Foundations: 5 Ways to Improve Your Writing Today
- 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
A Week of Genealogy
APG’s PMC kicks off more than a week of genealogical activities in Salt Lake City. Beginning after PMC, genealogists can enjoy Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), also held at the Hilton Hotel SLIG features week-long, in-depth instruction on more than 10 genealogical subjects. More details available at www.SLIG.ugagenealogy.org.
About the Association of Professional Genealogists
The Association of Professional Genealogists, 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, and Facebook.