The following is an announcement from the Association of Professional Genealogists:
Where could you find an expert in English, Scottish and Irish family history, an outstanding teacher and writer, and exceptional leader? Well, of all places, in the small city of Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada on beautiful Vancouver Island.
Her name is Sherry Irvine, CGRS, FSA (Scot), and she is the 2005 recipient of the Grahame T. Smallwood Jr. Award of Merit of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG). APG President J. Mark Lowe, CG, presented the award to her in Nashville at the group's luncheon on June 2 at the National Genealogical Society's Conference in the States. Irvine, who was APG president from 2002-2003 and served on its board of directors for six years, was praised for her personal commitment and exemplary service to APG.
Members of a committee that selected her said she not only has made significant contributions to the genealogical community, but she is "a consummate professional," an "exceptionally effective" leader and a skilled logician adept at sifting through varied opinions and deciding what's "right for the whole."
Irvine started researching more than 30 years ago and has been teaching and lecturing since 1984. She has been a study tour leader, course coordinator, and instructor for the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research at Samford University for nearly a decade and teaches online. She has written many articles in genealogical publications and is the author of Your Scotttish Ancestry: A Guide for North Americans (2003), which won NGS's Award of Excellence in Genealogical Methods and Sources; Your English Ancestry: A Guide for North Americans; Scottish Ancestry: Research Methods for Family Historians; and Going to Ireland: A Genealogical Researcher's Guide (with Nora M. Hickey).
Established in 1979, the Association of Professional Genealogists (http://www.apgen.org) is the world's leading professional organization of family history and related professionals. APG is devoted to supporting high standards in the field and represents some 1,500 professional genealogists, professional researchers, librarians, writers, editors, instructors, booksellers, publishers and others in all populated continents. It is based in Westminster, Colorado, near Denver.