Monday, May 15, 2006

Vendors - Professional Societies

Several groups of interest to current and future professional genealogists will have booths in the NGS Exhibit Hall. Of particular interest are the following:
Read About Professional Societies

Association of Professional Genealogists
The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) was formed in 1979 and has grown from 19 to more than 1,300 members worldwide. APG is a professional association for all genealogists who support high standards in the field of genealogy. Objectives of APG include promoting professional standards in genealogical research, writing and speaking, and promoting international awareness of, and interest in professional genealogical services. Membership is open to any person or institution that supports APG’s objectives and the APG Code of Ethics. If you are a practicing genealogist, wish to become one, or are interested in the profession of genealogy, consider visiting the APG booth and their website at:

Board for Certification of Genealogists
The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) is an independent organization not part of or affiliated with any other group. It is a certifying body, not a membership society. BCG’s mission is to foster public confidence in genealogy as a respected branch of history by promoting an attainable, uniform standard of competence and ethics among genealogical practitioners, and by publicly recognizing persons who meet that standard.

The BCG booth provides materials of interest to those who are considering certification. Portfolios submitted by successful applicants are available for public viewing. For additional information, see their website:

Genealogical Speakers Guild
The Genealogical Speakers Guild was founded in 1991 to facilitate better communication between speakers and societies. It maintains an on-line members’ directory to help connect available speakers to interested societies. Society program planners may search the Directory of Members alphabetically by speaker or by location of residence or check the Speakers' Calendar page to determine when speakers may be appearing in their area. The Guild also maintains a Call for Papers page to publicize speaking opportunities. Visit the Guild’s booth or their website at:

International Society of Family History Writers and Editors
The primary goal of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) is to encourage excellence in writing and editorial standards in genealogical publishing. The society embraces all media, including newspapers, magazines, newsletters, professional journals, books (including compiled family histories), online columns, society and personal websites, web logs (blogs), and broadcast journalism of all sorts.

ISFHWE (originally the Council of Genealogy Columnists) was founded in May 1987 at a meeting held in conjunction with the NGS annual conference. Membership is open to present and potential columnists, writers, and editors, as well as publishers, broadcasters, and webmasters for genealogical and historical societies. Members receive the quarterly newsletter Columns, access to the Members-Only website, and have an opportunity to actively participate in one or more of ISFHWE's activities: the Annual Excellence-in-Writing Competition, the Member Publication Promotion Project, the mailing list, discounts on ISFHWE publications, listings on the public website, and special promotions for ISFHWE members offered by partner vendors. For more information about ISFHWE, including their annual writing competition, stop by their booth or visit their website at:

While you are visiting the Exhibit Hall, take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about the profession of genealogy and meet others working in this field.

See you there!


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