Registration is Open For the 2017 APG Professional Management Conference

The following announcement was written by the Association of Professional Genealogists:

The Association of Professional Genealogists is pleased to announce the opening of registration for the 2017 Professional Management Conference to be held 29 September through 1 October at the DoubleTree by Hilton-Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia. Here is the link:


The Professional Management Conference is the one conference dedicated to the needs of professional genealogists, providing education on business topics as well as advanced genealogical education on unique record sets, methodology, DNA, and more. The conference offers three tracks over three days with classes, workshops, poster sessions, and discussion groups–all conveniently located in the conference hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton-Crystal City, Arlington, VA.


Thirty-eight presentations, six poster sessions, and four discussion groups will educate and inspire you on a wide range of topics essential for professional development and success.

Click here for the conference schedule and registration page:

And learning doesn’t only take place in the breakout rooms. Join us at the Thursday, September 28, evening Dessert Reception for a fast-paced round of Speed Dating for Professional Genealogists. You are guaranteed to break the ice with many other attendees in this fun event and make new friends for the rest of the conference and beyond. Daily luncheon programs also provide opportunities to meet and network with your colleagues.


The PMC is designed for any level of professional – whether you’ve been taking clients for years or are just creating your business. Experienced professionals appreciate this opportunity to take the time for investing in themselves and re-connecting with colleagues, while new professionals can learn how to set themselves up for success and make valuable connections.

Here is what some attendees said about last year’s conference:

“A smorgasbord of education, networking, camaraderie, and fun for every level of Professional Genealogist – all bundled with some really awesome door prizes!” –Sharon Miller

“At the 2016 PMC in Fort Wayne, every time I turned around there were another hal–dozen people I wanted to talk to!” – Harold Henderson, CG

“The 2016 APG PMC was the best I’ve attended. I had the opportunity to learn from colleagues about marketing, as well as finding missing people and DNA. And the networking opportunities were wonderful as well. I look forward to seeing you all in 2017.” – Leslie Brinkley Lawson, Forensic Genealogist Credentialed(SM)


Come early or stay after the conference: with the National Archives, Library of Congress, and DAR Library just a short tempting Metro ride away, you can be sure you’ve maximized your investment of time and money by joining your colleagues at the 2017 PMC. The Pentagon Metro stop is a walkable three blocks from the DoubleTree hotel, or you can take the free hotel shuttle to the Metro. The National Archives Metro stop is an eight-minute ride away.


Click here for registration and to make your hotel reservation:


Yes, one-day registrations are available


The Virtual PMC brings the conference to you! All sessions in the Harrison/Wilson Room (the middle column on the program schedule) will be live streamed for Virtual PMC attendees and recorded for purchase after the conference. Details for the Virtual PMC will be announced shortly.


Email the PMC Coordinator at

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.


I still have a wired home phone for two main reasons. One is that my security and fire alarms are connected to it. (I see no reason to change it unless it quits working.) The other reason is that I have had the same phone number for decades, and it has been published in hopes that other family historians can find me, even though address has changed a couple of times. In fact, I have found relatives within the past few years this way and greatful for old-fashioned phone books.


    Hi Judy,

    When I read your message, two thoughts popped to mind:

    1. A few years ago, most security and fire alarms required hardwired telephone connections. That is no longer true. In fact, wired telephone alarms never worked all that well because knowledgeable burglars all knew how to locate the point at which the telephone wires enter the house and they would cut the wires. Most of today’s security systems use wired or cellular telephone connections or wi-fi or some combination of those methods.

    I have a burglar/fire/smoke/gas/carbon monoxide detection system in my home that ONLY connects by cellular data connection. It won’t work on a wired telephone connection. However, other companies sell multi-connection systems where you can use 2 or more different connection methods. That’s handy in case the primary method fails for some reason, such as cut wires. My system also contains a battery that keeps the system operational for more than 24 hours in case of a power failure.

    2. If you switch telephone companies, such as from wired to cellular, you can now also have the old number ported to the new phone. The last time I switched phone companies, the old number was switched to the new phone in less than 5 minutes. I didn’t have to notify my friends, relatives, or business acquaintances of any new number. In fact, I didn’t even have to print new business cards that show my phone number. These days, you can switch phone companies frequently and still keep your old phone number for years.


Thanks for your response about the multi connection systems. Some day I might look into it. I also have a 24 hour battery backup.
Another reason I have wired phone is that the cell reception is not good at my house and calls often drop from my cell phone. My neighbors experience the same thing—and we’re in an urban area.


    —> Another reason I have wired phone is that the cell reception is not good at my house and calls often drop from my cell phone.

    Read my article, “Follow-Up: Things You Don’t See Anymore,” at and scroll down to “Comment #2.”

    It explains why anyone who lives in an area without cell phone coverage or with flaky cell phone coverage (like I used to have) NEEDS to purchase a dual-mode cell phone. I now have excellent cell phone coverage, even in the basement where I used to have no cell phone coverage at all. That change helped me get rid of the old-fashioned (and expensive) wired telephone.


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