APG’s Professional Management Conference

The APG Roundtable discussion took place Tuesday evening before the official PMC conference on Wednesday. This is where the members gather to discuss a topic and ask questions of a panel. It is called a roundtable but this year it was not set up that way it was more lecture style. Each panel member introduced themselves and told a little about their journey in the field of genealogy. Then the members ask them questions about the topic: “Diversity and Plan for the Future.” Of particular interest to me was the discussion of the virtual world of lecturing and on line group meetings for the chapters.

The official PMC conference started at 7 a.m. the next day where we gathered for a little breakfast and networking. The sound of voices greeted me as I entered the room. It was filled with round tables of genealogists from all parts of the United States and Canada. I seated myself at a table with two of my fellow genealogists from the Puget Sound Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists: Trish Nicola Hackett and Karen Wallace Steely. I introduced myself around and met Eileen Curley from Boston, Massachusetts. Susanna de Groot was there from the APG Ontario Chapter. We had met at the last PMC in Fort Wayne. It was good to see her again. They have a very active group in that part of Canada. I want to visit Ontario some day.

Eileen was very knowledgeable about the Boston area repositories and I told her of my plans to travel the state of Massachusetts one day from Boston to Lancaster/Brookfield and then to Springfield and Becket. She told me about finding a one of her grandfather’s clocks in Brookfield in an antique shop by knowing the markings. The breakfast gathering was filled with good coffee, muffins, exchanges of business cards, stories and more.

Donna Moughty the conference coordinator proceeded to make some announcements and gave us a warning that the last call for coffee was to take place and then Donna began her introduction of Elizabeth Shown Mills.

Elizabeth was leading a workshop based on her book “Evidence Explained” (Genealogy Publishing Co.) which is a monumental work that has broken ground on citing sources for genealogy. The internet has created a multi-layered level of source documentation. An example would be finding a document on Footnote.com such as a Revolutionary War Pension. How do you source that Revolutionary Pension from this particular source? Well, you have to document what the document is, then document that you obtained it from Footnote.com. You cannot stop there, you then document that Footnote.com obtained the Revolutionary War pension from a National Archives microfilm and more. It can get really complicated. This is of course, a simple explanation of a very complex subject.

After the morning workshop is the luncheon for the PMC Conference. Each table in the luncheon is hosted by a genealogist that is lecturing or participating in some way at the conference. As members, we choose the table and subject we are interested in and spend the time during the luncheon exchanging ideas with our fellow APG members.
The rest of the day was spent attending various other lectures on business practices and building our genealogical businesses.

Later that evening the FGS (Federation of Genealogical Society) Conference opened the Exhibit Hall at 6:30 p.m. for business.
Time for browsing…

About BJ MacDonald

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