Thursday, September 22, 2016

APG: Recognizes Members and Chapters for Contributions to the Organization and to the Genealogy Profession

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received from our friends at the Association of Professional Genealogists.

FORT WAYNE, Indiana, and WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 22 September 2016− The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) honored several of its members for their achievements and service to the field of genealogy today at its 2016 Professional Management Conference (PMC) in Fort Wayne, Indiana. APG President Billie Stone Fogarty presented the awards at today’s opening session of PMC.

Melanie D. Holtz, CG, received the Grahame T. Smallwood, Jr., Award of Merit, which honors personal commitment and outstanding service to the APG. Holtz was an APG board member in 2010 and from 2013–2014 and served on APG’s Professional Development Committee for six years. She is a member of the APG North Carolina Chapter. She operates an international research firm that specializes in Italian genealogy, dual citizenship, and probate cases.

Eileen M. O’Duill, CG, received the APG Professional Achievement Award. The award, created in 2007, recognizes exceptional professional achievement and ethical behavior with contributions to the field of genealogy. O’Duill, who lives in Ireland, served on the APG Board from 1995–2000 and 2007–2012. She is a genealogist, writer, and lecturer on Irish genealogy topics and is a co-author of Irish Civil Registration—Where Do I Start?

Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, was awarded Honorary Lifetime Membership for her contributions to APG and to the field of genealogy.

Benjamin B. Spratling III was presented an award plaque in appreciation and with gratitude for outstanding service as legal counsel to the APG.

Other awards included:

APGQ Excellence Award: Yvette Hoitink, CG, for her September 2015 article “Use Content Marketing to Grow Your Business.”

Certificate of Appreciation to Kimberly T. Powell for her service and dedication to the Professional Development Committee and an award plaque for her service as APG President from 2014–2015.

Certificate of Appreciation to Diane Rapaport for her years of service on the Publications Advisory Committee.

Fogarty presented an award plaque to Curt B. Witcher, MLS, FUGA, IGSF, of the Allen County Public Library for hosting the Association of Professional Genealogists 2016 Professional Management Conference. APG also presented a $1,000 donation to the library.

Northland Chapter Received APG Golden Chapter Award

APG’s Northland Chapter received the Golden Chapter Award for excellence in professional development and networking opportunities for its members.

A Golden Chapter Award Honorable Mention went to APG’s Puget Sound Chapter for excellence in outreach, collaboration, and preservation upon the successful completion of “Scrapbook of Picture Cards,” a joint project with the Seattle Public Library.

The Great Plains Chapter also received Golden Chapter Award Honorable Mention for excellence in programs, outreach, and administration of a small chapter.

“We are blessed with a multitude of outstanding members who contribute their time, talents, and expertise to further the goals of APG and make the field of genealogy better for all,” said APG President Billie Stone Fogarty.  “We are especially proud of this year’s honorees and thank each of them for their service and dedication.”

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.

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