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Monday, November 17, 2014

THIS WEEK ONLY -- Special PMC Discount for SLIG Attendees

As a special benefit to SLIG registrants, APG has extended the Early-Bird deadline for APG’s Professional Management Conference. This week only -- until Friday, 21 November -- you can still receive more than 20% off your PMC registration. Themed “Professional-Grade Genealogy,” PMC 2015 will take place the Thursday and Friday before SLIG (8-9 January 2015) at the downtown Salt Lake City Hilton.

Register now at www.apgen.org/conferences.

Registration for the 2-day conference is open to ALL genealogists. PMC gives you access to unique education, networking, and professional development designed to help professional genealogists -- seasoned business owners as well as those entering the industry -- achieve success. This includes:

  • 15 BREAKOUT SESSIONS taught by experts including Tom Jones, Judy Russell, and Elissa Scalise Powell covering topics such as professional writing foundations, client communication, and setting fees.
  • $139 IN SPONSOR GIFTS. Each PMC attendee receives: An online professional-development course from The National Institute for Genealogical Studies ($89 value) and a one-year subscription to online data-backup service BackBlaze ($50 value).
  • DISCOUNTED LUNCH on 8 January. A generous donation from sponsor FamilySearch makes lunch just $10 instead of $35! (Seating for this lunch is limited and already more than 85% filled.)
  • KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY ANCESTRY CEO Tim Sullivan, on Thursday, 8 January, will focus on professional genealogists’ vital role in the genealogy industry. Ancestry ProGenealogists is a PMC sponsor.
  • PMC POSTER SESSIONS are an informal, interactive opportunity for professional genealogists from around the world to showcase research, share work, and exchange ideas.
  • DOOR PRIZES, NETWORKING OPS, AND MORE! Valuable door prizes tailored to professional’s needs, APG’s annual member meeting, and Friday evening’s APG dessert reception make PMC 2015 an event not to miss!

Register for PMC 2015 at www.apgen.org/conferences.

PMC SPEAKERS AND TOPICS

The focus of PMC is the following classes and workshops covering topics that showcase “Professional-Grade Genealogy”:

  • “You’ve Got Options: Many Ways to Cite Right,” by Thomas Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS (3-HOUR WORKSHOP)
  • “DNA and Genealogical Proof,” Angie Bush, MS
  • “Measuring Yourself against Standards: A Practical Guide for Improving Your Skills,” by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL (2-HOUR WORKSHOP)
  • “Time Management: Successfully Balancing the Demands of Our Many ‘Clients,’" by Angela Packer McGhie
  • “Finding Your Niche: Matching Passion, Professionalism, and Pecuniary Interest,” by James M. Beidler
  • “Genealogy Professionals Needed: Help Adoptees Discover Their Genealogical Roots with DNA,” by CeCe Moore (2-HOUR WORKSHOP)
  • “How to Have Difficult Conversations with Clients and Colleagues,” by Christina Grover
  • “Finding the Law,” by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
  • “Professional Writing Foundations: 5 Ways to Improve Your Writing Today,” by Anastasia Harman (2-HOUR WORKSHOP)
  • “Get Paid for Your Passion: Setting Fees,” by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL
  • “Organizing Your Research and Writing with Scrivener,” by Kimberly T. Powell
  • “Taxes and the Professional Genealogist,” by James M. Beidler
  • “Mind Maps for Genealogy,” by Ron Arons, MBA
  • “Self-Publishing for Genealogists,” by Thomas MacEntee
  • “So You Want to Be a Genealogical Speaker,” by Billie Stone Fogarty

Visit www.apgen.org/conferences for full lecture details and speaker biographies and to register to attend PMC 2015.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Latest Updates from SLIG and APG's PMC


2015 SLIG Institute

SLIG is happy to announce that there are four seats available in Track 3: Getting Started with Genetic Genealogy. If you are interested in attending this course in January, please contact Valerie Hansen, SLIG Registrar at sligregistrar@ugagenealogy.org. She will facilitate the registration. Act now before they are booked as they won't last long!

Track 3: Getting Started with Genetic Genealogy - This course provides genealogists with the knowledge needed to correctly incorporate DNA results into their family history. Beginners will receive foundational knowledge in the basics needed to understand the application of genetics for genealogical research purposes. Those with prior knowledge of DNA will be able fill in holes in understanding and be introduced to tools and techniques with practical, hands-on exercises.

This course will use real-life genetic results and family histories to demonstrate DNA inheritance patterns, how to analyze DNA test results, and how to correlate that analysis with traditional documentary research to arrive at soundly reasoned genealogical conclusions. A discussion of biology will provide baseline information needed to fully understand DNA results used for genealogical purposes without spending time on discussions more useful to biologists than genealogists. Attendees should be able to use their knowledge and current tools to analyze Y-DNA, mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), autosomal DNA (atDNA), and X-DNA test results, as appropriate for any given kinship theory, as positive or negative evidence to correlate with the documentary evidence from traditional research.

There are also seats remaining in these three courses:
  • Track 10: Finding Immigrant Origins 
  • Track 2: Research in Original Source Repositories
  • Track 7: Resources and Strategies for U.S. Research Part 1

The course descriptions can be found at: http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?lv=p&epg=68.

2015 APG PMC

The early-bird deadline is approaching for the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) Professional Management Conference (PMC). Register by Saturday, 15 November 2014, to save nearly 20 percent off of registration. Themed “Professional-Grade Genealogy,” the conference will be held 8–9 January 2015 at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. Register today atwww.apgen.org/conferences/. 

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:
  • $139 in attendee gifts (for each registrant) from PMC sponsors: A one-year subscription to BackBlaze, an online data-backup service ($50 value) and an online professional-development course from The National Institute for Genealogical Studies ($89 value).
  • 15 breakout sessions taught by experts including Tom Jones, Judy Russell, and Elissa Scalise Powell covering topics such as DNA, professionals writing, setting fees, and improving client communication.
  • Keynote address by Ancestry CEO Tim Sullivan, on Thursday, 8 January, will focus on professional genealogists’ vital role in the genealogy industry. Ancestry ProGenealogists is a PMC sponsor.
  • Discounted Lunch with David Rencher, Chief Genealogical Officer at FamilySearch, on 8 January. A generous donation from PMC sponsor FamilySearch makes lunch just $10 instead of $35!
  • The annual APG member meeting and the complimentary APG dessert reception.
Register today for PMC 2015 at www.apgen.org/conferences. The website also includes full conference details, class descriptions, speaker bios and more.

Friday, October 31, 2014

The Early-Bird Registration Ends Today!


The Early Bird gets the worm or in this case, the discount!

2015 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy
Are you still debating whether to attend the 20th Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), which will be held January 12-16, 2015. If so, delay no longer as Early-Bird registration ends on October 31, 2014! 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. (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. Registration: http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?lv=r&eid=12

APG's Professional Management Conference
If the great courses are not enough to entice you to register now, perhaps being able to attend two great events back-to-back will be the deciding factor. Again in 2015, the Association of Professional Genealogists is holding their Professional Management Conference (PMC) on the Thursday and Friday before SLIG. You can see the great line-up of speakers and events at https://www.apgen.org/conferences/index.html#schedule.

Registration is now open for the 2015 Virtual Professional Management Conference at https://virtualpmc2015.eventbrite.com.


Accommodations
Both SLIG and the PMC will be held at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center. The 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. Accommodations: http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?eid=12

Make sure you don't miss this opportunity to experience two great genealogical events back-to-back! 
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