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Subject: Re: [APG] APG purpose
Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2008 14:24:58 -0700

It is possible that in the 21st century, the connotation of the word
"affiliate" has evolved to specify a financial relationship between two
entities, i.e. becoming an affiliate of Amazon.com when setting up an
online bookstore featuring Amazon.com products.

Although M-W does not, Dictionary.com makes this distinction in the noun
form listed below:


-VERB (used with object)
1. to bring into close association or connection: The research center is
affiliated with the university.

2. to attach or unite on terms of fellowship; associate (usually fol. by
with in U.S. usage, by to in Brit. usage): to affiliate with the church.

3. to trace the descent, derivation, or origin of: to affiliate a

4. to adopt.

5. Law. to fix the paternity of, as an illegitimate child: The mother
affiliated her child upon John Doe.

-VERB (used without object)
6. to associate oneself; be intimately united in action or interest.

7. a branch organization.

8. Commerce. a. a business concern owned or controlled in whole or in
part by another concern.
b. a subsidiary.

9. a person who is affiliated; associate; auxiliary.

affiliate. Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Random
House, Inc. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/affiliate (accessed:
January 29, 2008).

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Subject: [APG] APG purpose
From: "Marian Pierre-Louis" <>
Date: Tue, January 29, 2008 7:51 am
To: <>

This is how I personally view APG's role:

1. Educate the general public/consumers about professional
genealogists, specifically and about genealogy, generally
2. Promote the industry of professional genealogy
3. Support professional genealogists through
b. PMC
c. Roundtables
d. Membership Directory
e. Local Chapters
f. Membership Forum
g. The code of ethics
h. Etc.
4. Provide outreach and serve as a role model to up and coming
genealogists by demonstrating our professionalism consistently through
all outlets and specifically through APG Mail List

APG is a professional organization not a certifying board or a
membership society. The purpose of the organization must be to promote
the industry and in doing so support its membership. Secondarily, it
should shape the expectations of those whose aspire to be professionals.

The scope and purpose of the organization must remain broad to benefit
genealogy as a field on the whole as well as the specific subgroup of
professional genealogists. By raising the bar for genealogy and
genealogists in general, APG can better support its professional members
and thereby define the expectation of quality genealogy in the

I think the current membership categories are just fine, however, I
would change the term Associate Member to Affiliate Member to clarify
that this membership is based on multiple members within one

Marian Pierre-Louis
Fieldstone Historic Research

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