About Us

About the New Jersey Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (NJ-APG)

NJ-APG was formed in 2013 by a group of professionals interested in establishing a chapter specifically dedicated to New Jersey interests. NJ-APG regularly hosts meetings, educational programs and tours to New Jersey repositories and archives. Our meetings are opportunities for members to network, collaborate and further their education in genealogy as well as in business management techniques.

Current Officers

President: Melissa Johnson
Vice-President: Elizabeth Jean Pellicane
Secretary: Christine Murphy
Treasurer: Robert Fruh
Chapter Representative: Joan Betancourt

About Our Member Meetings

NJ-APG usually meets five times per year. A pre-meeting networking/socializing dinner at a nearby restaurant is open to all chapter members. The chapter member meetings include brief updates on chapter business, followed by a professional presentation.

Prospective members are welcome to attend our member meetings. Contact our Chapter Representative to receive an invite and meeting details.

Upcoming Meetings: Wednesday, April 10, 2019; Wednesday, June 12, 2019; Wednesday, August 14, 2019; Wednesday, October 9, 2019; and Wednesday, December 11, 2019.

Recent topics include:

– A look at the United Nations archives
– Useful Microsoft Word shortcuts for genealogists
– Tips on writing client reports
– Creating a business plan
– Introduction to MyHeritage DNA services
– Demystifying the BCG Portfolio process

State Archivist Joseph Klett explaining the holdings within the “vault” at the New Jersey State Archives.

About Our Repository Tours

NJ-APG schedules several tours during the year to New Jersey repositories, archives, libraries and historical societies. The goal of our tours is to broaden our members’ knowledge of available record collections, digitization projects, and preservation throughout the Garden State.

Recent tours include:

– Seton Hall University’s Msgr. William Noé Field Archives and Special Collections Center
– Hunterdon County Historical Society
– Rutgers University’s Special Collections and University Archives

About the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG)

The APG was registered on February 5, 1979, in the state of Utah, as a nonprofit corporation, to become a professional body capable of focusing the efforts of professional genealogists worldwide.

APG is an independent organization whose principal purpose is to support professional genealogists in all phases of their work: from the amateur genealogist wishing to turn knowledge and skill into a vocation, to the experienced professional seeking to exchange ideas with colleagues and to upgrade the profession as a whole. The association also seeks to protect the interest of those engaging in the services of the professional.

APG is a professional association for all genealogists supporting high standards in the field of genealogy and has grown from 19 to nearly 2,800 members worldwide. APG supports existing groups and programs to meet the unfilled needs of professional genealogists.

CLICK HERE for the national APG website.

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