Ever since I started working as a professional genealogist, I have been a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG). I think it is important to stand up for genealogy as an serious métier through this international association.
In the fall of 2019, the association’s members elected me to the Board of Directors. A position, which I have held to this day. I have always done this with full dedication, even though sometimes the joy in this work was hard to find. Fortunately, the board has led the association in a positive direction over the past two years.
(Picture: APG’s Board of Directors met in Salt Lake City in October 2023.)
It is therefore with great pleasure that I can say that the APG members elected me as their new President. On 1 January 2024, I will follow in the footsteps of Annette Burke Lyttle. She has ably led the association over the past two years. What certainly also makes me proud is that I am the first President who is not from North America. This once again underlines the international character of the association, even though many members live in the United States.
And so I start a new challenge, perhaps a new adventure. Even though I have known APG for more than five years, it will undoubtedly be completely different working with the Board of Directors, the Executive Board, the Executive Director, the committees and the many volunteers. In addition to the daily internal business, I will also consult with representatives of associations, companies and organizations in the international genealogical community. I look forward to it.
If you would like to know more about APG’s activities, please take a look at the website. And know that launching a new website will be one of the highlights of 2024.