Back in the early 1980s I heard a genealogy speaker talk about the soon to be released 1910 census. What? That census was already available to researchers. I vowed that I would continue learning, try to stay up-to-date, and hopefully do my talks with current information. As a professional genealogist who does research for clients, coaches those who are just starting heir family history, or who need an extra set of eyes to figure out what to do next, and love to share what I learn, I am not perfect. (I also write long sentences.) Sometimes life interferes and once in a while, a legal client case must take preference. Family emergencies, illness, deaths, and a lot of joyous occasions take precedence at times.
I love my chosen occupation and while it hasn’t provided a mansion, lake home, or annual vacations, it’s mine. It’s also the occupation of many others. We are great at delving into records, seeing clues you may have missed, and telling you about all the records and places to research that contain fantastic information.
I joined the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) in 1989 and about to renew my membership for another year. I served on the Executive Committee for two years and have been a part of several committees over the years. On 19 September 2019, I received a special honor from this organization.
The Laura G. Prescott Award for Exemplary Service to Professional Genealogy was presented at the Association of Professional Management Conference in Salt Lake City to me. Yes, me! It’s an honor for which I just had to be present to receive. I saw many colleagues that I hadn’t seen in several years, saw lots of students I had taught at seminars and institutes, and that made the day even better.
The award is named for a long-time friend who lost a battle to cancer in 2018. Laura was a professional in all aspects of life and served as an APG President. This award is given to recognize “service to the field of professional genealogy, in recognition of exemplary professionalism and continuing encouragement to other professional genealogists. It acknowledges those with a career devoted to uplifting fellow genealogists and improving their career circumstances and opportunities, and dedicated service to the field of professional genealogy.”
As APG Vice-President David McDonald read a short bit about me, I felt special, then I walked up to receive the beautiful etched award from President Billie Fogarty. The tears began. Then the doggone audience stood and clapped. Yes, more tears. I love my colleagues. I have learned much from them, too. We need each other.
Now back to some client research I am doing at the Family History Library while I am in Salt Lake City. An added benefit of this trip.
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