Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Registration Opens for APG PMC 2014

Join me in January 2014 for the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) Professional Management Conference (PMC). Registration opened today, and yours truly will be giving two presentations.

The APG PMC will be held right before the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) so you can participate in both educational opportunities for the cost of traveling once. If that is not enough to entice you, then I will also mention that the Family History Library is just two blocks away and so you can learn during the day and research in the evening if you choose.

Here is the press release from APG with all the details on the PMC:

Registration for the 2014 Professional Management Conference (PMC), "Embracing Innovation and Opportunity," is now open online at www.apgen.org/conferences. The two-day conference will be held at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City on 10–11 January 2014.

PMC offers interactive, relevant guidance in advanced genealogical research skills and in business practices relevant to today's professional and advanced genealogists. Featuring 8 classes and 3 hands-on workshops, PMC offers a wide variety of fresh ideas about how professionals conduct genealogy:
  • Brand and business building
  • Professional-grade DNA studies
  • Working with entertainment and corporate clients
  • Writing for a variety of audiences
  • And many more
Register Today for APG PMC 2014
PMC attendance is open to APG members and non-members. Attendees may choose to attend the full conference or a single day. Early-bird pricing ends 6 January 2014. Registration is now available at www.apgen.org/conferences as are pricing and program details. Details about Virtual PMC will come later this year.

Speakers and Topics
Ten genealogical speakers with wide-ranging expertise will cover topics in keeping with this year’s theme of "Embracing Innovation and Opportunity":

  • D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS -- Friday Keynote -- New Industries, New Worlds: Working for Entertainment and Corporate Clients
  •  Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL -- Saturday Keynote -- "Good Name in Man or Woman": Protecting a Professional Reputation
  • J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA -- Lights! Camera! Connection! Will Genealogy-Based TV Improve My Business?
  •  Claire V. Brisson-Banks, MLIS, AG -- The Pursuit from Genealogy Hobbyist to Professional
  • Harold Henderson, CG—Workshop -- The Story of Jethro's Story: The Making of a NGSQ Article
  • Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, CG -- Gaining Recognition in the Genealogical Community: Climbing the Professional Ladder
  • Melissa Johnson -- Discovering and Communicating Your Unique Value: Personal Branding for Professional Genealogists
  •  Angela Packer McGhie -- (1) Writing a Genealogy Business Plan and (2) Networking for Genealogists: Making Connections Online and In-Person
  •  CeCe Moore -- Workshop -- Advanced DNA for Professionals
  •  Mary Penner -- Workshop -- It's Not a Report. It's Not a Summary. It's a Genealogical Narrative!
Visit www.apgen.org/conferences for full lecture details and speaker biographies and to register to attend PMC 2014.

Hotel and Airfare Discounts
PMC attendees can receive special hotel pricing at the Radisson and up to 10% off Delta airline tickets. Visit www.apgen.org/conferences for further discount details.

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy
PMC 2014 is being held two days before the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), held 13-17 January 2014 at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City. SLIG offers a full week of genealogy instruction with national experts. SLIG program details and registration are available at www.SLIG.ugagenealogy.org.

Monday, October 21, 2013

SLIG Early Bird Registration Ends October 31st

There is still time to get in to the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy for January 2014. I will be there coordinating the Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum course, and you are welcome to join me as we have opened a second section of the course. There are five other courses that still have a few seats remaining, so select which one is most appealing to you and sign up in the next ten days.

Press Release from Debra Hoffman, SLIG Publicity Chair:

Sign-up for SLIG before October 31st and you will save over 10% off your registration. Become a member of UGA and increase your savings even more. The registration page can be accessed here. More information on each of the tracks can be accessed here.

The following courses still have seats left:

American Research and Records: Focus on Families
This intermediate level course covers 19th-21st century U.S. records and strategies beyond the basics with a specific emphasis on researching families and individuals. Don’t miss a chance to spend a week with nationally known instructors Josh Taylor, from the Genealogy Roadshow; Debra Mieszala, CG; and Paula Stuart-Warren, CG. This course is certain to help you break down those brick walls!

Credentialing: Accreditation, Certification, or Both?
Accreditation or certification? This course will explore both options. The topics will guide you through the processes of applying and determining which one (or both) are right for you. Spend a week with credentialed instructors who provide expert guidance and advice and who are available to answer your questions.

Researching in Eastern Europe

Millions of people immigrated to North America leaving family and generations of ancestors behind in Eastern Europe. Descendants find it hard to trace their origins due to foreign languages, difficult records and multiple changes in the political landscape. This course brings together several of the most successful Eastern Europe genealogists to teach you the important information you need to succeed in such complex research.

Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum
(2nd section)
This hands-on course is an opportunity for advanced genealogist to put their research skills into practice. Participants will work on at least five complex genealogical research problems—a new one each day. There is nothing like directed case studies and practice to further your genealogical knowledge and expertise.

Problem Solving
Have a brick wall in your research? This unique course is tailored to your individual research needs! Enhance your problem solving skills while working on your personal research project for a particular ancestor or ancestral couple. Don’t miss the opportunity to spend a week dedicated to researching your family!

Utilizing Social History
This exciting new course--offered for the first time in 2014--is designed to help you put the flesh on the bones of your ancestors and bring them to life. No longer is genealogy about simply listing the begets, it is about telling your ancestor’s story.

Immerse yourself in a specific genealogical topic for a week-long educational opportunity that is unparalleled. Many of the courses are interactive and highlight on site research at the Family History Library (FHL) as well as one-on-one consultations with the course coordinators and instructors. These individuals are genealogical experts and provide guidance and insight that may help you overcome those brick walls and move forward with your research.

Attendees have time to explore Salt Lake City’s many attractions as well as spend time outside of the course researching at the FHL. The library is a short walk from the Institute’s location and, if available, the Radisson often provides shuttle service to the library.

Another benefit of joining SLIG this year is the ability to attend the Association of Professional Genealogist’s Professional Management Conference (PMC), which will be held the Friday and Saturday before the Institute begins. You can experience two great events being held back-to-back at one location!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

BCG 50th Anniversary Celebration Free Lectures

Okay, it is times like this that I wished I lived near Salt Lake City, Utah. Not only do they have the Family History Library (where I could spend every day for a month and feel like I was in heaven), but they also have many opportunities for genealogical education. This month is the annual British Institute as well as the annual meeting of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG). This is the 50th anniversary of the Board for Certification of Genealogists and they are celebrating with free lectures and a banquet. See the details in the notice below from BCG President, Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL.

50th Anniversary Celebration Free Lectures, Salt Lake City, Utah, October 10-11, 2013

Everyone is welcome to attend these lectures held in the auditorium of the Church History Museum (located next to the Family History Library). Pre-registration is suggested by emailing FHLClassReg@ldschurch.org or calling 801-240-4950.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

10:45 a.m. to noon: BCG Certification Seminar with Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL and F. Warren Bittner, CG

1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.: It Takes a Human: Genealogists and Writing by Jeanne L. Bloom, CG

2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.: Should You Believe Your Eyes?: Sizing Up Sources and Information by Laura Murphy DeGrazia, CG, FGBS.

4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.: Write While You Research: Let the Joy of Research Infect Your Writing by Barbara Mathews, CG.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS, Thursday, Oct. 10th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  "Kinship Determination" with Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA

Friday, October 11, 2013

9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: Complex Evidence: What it is, How it works, Why it Matters by F. Warren Bittner, CG.

10:45 a.m. to noon: Proof Arguments: For the Next Generation by F. Warren Bittner, CG.

1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.: Reach for the Power Tools: Record Transcription & Analysis by Rev. David McDonald, CG.

2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.: Bringing Josias Home: Using Circumstantial Evidence to Build a Family by Judy G. Russell, J.D., CG, CGL.

4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.: Baker's Dozen Steps to Research Reports by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL.

The public is also welcome to a banquet to Celebrate 50 Years of Standards, Saturday, October 12, 2013, Joseph Smith Memorial Building, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Judy Russell, J.D., CG, CGL, aka The Legal Genealogist, will speak on "We've Come A Long Way, Baby" - Standards for the 21st Century. From no formal standards to the Genealogical Proof Standard, the field of genealogy has come a long way in establishing criteria by which excellence can be measured. And we face a long and perhaps even more daunting road ahead as we consider the 21st century challenges posed by technology, DNA and more. For more information on where to send your banquet check ($40 per person), please see http://bcgcertification.org/blog/2013/08/bcg-activities-in-salt-lake-city. Deadline Oct. 8.