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Professional genealogists form chapters in Alabama, Georgia

PRESS RELEASE
18 AUGUST 2005

Contact:
Kathleen W. Hinckley, CGRS, Executive Director, Association of Professional
Genealogists
P.O. Box 350998, Westminster, CO 80035-0998
Phone 303-422-9371, fax 303-456-8825, e-mail admin@apgen.org

Prepared by: Richard F. Robinson, CGRS, Information Officer,
Association of Professional Genealogists, e-mail
dick.robinson@apgflorida.org


PROFESSIONAL GENEALOGISTS FORM
CHAPTERS IN ALABAMA, GEORGIA

Genealogists in the deep South are rising again, forming ranks, and fixin'
to win a war to find elusive ancestors. From Alabama to Georgia and down
into Florida, family history professionals have formed statewide groups the
past two years, part of the worldwide network of the Association of
Professional Genealogists (APG).

Most recently, The Alabama Chapter of APG was established as APG's 23rd
chapter. Its organizer, Susette Cook of Branchville, Alabama, says the group
was formed to support members, promote high professional standards, educate
the public in family history, and help preserve access to historic records
in the state. "We only have a handful of members now but we will grow and
may hold our first meeting, which will be open to the public, in Birmingham
in November," she said.

APG members may be researchers, writers, lecturers, librarians, family
historians, enthusiasts or in fields related to family history. They have
the knowledge to do professional-quality work for hire or for themselves.
Many members help clients find their ancestors, while others prepare to
"turn their skills into a vocation," according to Cook. APG members agreed
to follow the APG Code of Ethics and join the international organization
first and then local chapters. For more information, visit the APG Web site
at apgen.org or the Alabama site,
http://alabamachapter.tripod.com/index.htm .

In March of this year, Georgia members received a charter for the formation
of the Georgia Chapter http://www.rootsweb.com/%7Egaapg/index.html , with
Linda Woodward Geiger, CGRS (Certified Genealogical Records Specialist), CGL
(Certified Genealogical Lecturer) of Jasper, Georgia, as chairman. Meetings
are featuring speakers on such topics as "Using Georgia Laws to Assist in
the Interpretation of Evidence" and "Mapping Communities." In 2004, the
Sunshine State members started the Florida Chapter, whose president is
Richard F. Robinson, CGRS, of Boynton Beach, Florida.

APG, established in 1979, is the leading worldwide professional organization
of genealogists and related professionals with more than 1,600 members. See
http://www.apgen.org


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