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
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.
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 (www.apgen.org),
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.