APG to Conduct Roundtable on Open Records Access

WESTMINSTER, Colo., April 21 – The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) will conduct a roundtable on Tuesday, May 13, 2008 during the National Genealogical Society Conference at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center in Kansas City, Missouri.  The topic of the roundtable, which will be moderated by David Rencher, CG, is Into the Future with the Records Preservation and Access Committee. The roundtable will be held from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the Chouteau A&B rooms.

Beverly Rice, CG, Roundtable Coordinator, encourages members to attend saying, “This is an opportunity for all conference attendees to become aware of our genealogy communities’ combined efforts to maintain access and preserve the world’s records.  The topic of records preservation and access is of such importance to the genealogical community that APG has opened this roundtable to all interested individuals.”

The roundtable is normally open only to APG members; however, because of the importance of the topic all genealogists and interested parties are invited. In addition, the roundtable is an ideal time for APG members to network, share ideas and learn how other professionals market themselves. 

The Association of Professional Genealogists (http://www.apgen.org/), founded in 1979, is the sole organization representing genealogy as a profession.  It supports the preservation and accessibility of records useful to the fields of genealogy, local and social history.  Its members represent all fifty states and several countries. The association promotes excellence in genealogical research, teaching, and writing.

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


One thought on “APG to Conduct Roundtable on Open Records Access

  1. In the ’80 our genealogical society approached a court house
    and asked if we could photocopy the early marriage records
    and place them in the court house so the public could see them.
    This way the records would not be handled as much.
    Our society would buy archival paper, copy them at the court house, we would not publish the original records and place them in a notebook in the court house. The answer — NO. At that time, very few paople knew of the damage that could be done to the records -now you scan (one way) the records.
    Microfilm is one answer but if there is any water damage to the paper — that section is dark or black, so you cannot
    see what is written there.
    How about opening records that has been closed by the court
    that are over a 100 years old?
    Enough said.

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