Category Archives: Honors

David Rencher, ag, CG honored by the American Society of Genealogists (ASG)

David Rencher, AG®, CG was recently awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by the prestigious American Society of Genealogists (ASG). We offer our congratulations to David!

From the ASG website:

“On rare occasions the American Society of Genealogists awards a Certificate of Appreciation to an individual or organization in recognition of extraordinary contributions to the discipline of genealogy. At its Annual Meeting November 2, 2019, the Society awarded a Certificate of Appreciation to David Rencher, A.G., C.G., Chief Genealogical Officer of FamilySearch and, from 1999 to 2002 and again since 2018, Director of the Family History Library, in recognition of his vigorous and visionary efforts to serve the aims of scholarly genealogy at the Family History Library and at FamilySearch. “

Please read more about this honor and about David on Judy G. Russell’s recent blog post at:

Judy G. Russell, “When quiet news shouldn’t be,” The Legal Genealogist ( : posted 5 Nov 2019).

Congrats to Michael McCormick, AG®

Michael McCormick

The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) recently announced that Michael McCormick, AG was elected to a one-year term on the APG Nominations Committee.  The following bio was published in their December eNews:

“Michael McCormick, AG, of Utah, in addition to accepting clients directly or as an independent contractor for research firms, recently served six years as an executive and genealogist for a forensic genealogy firm processing over one hundred cases each year. Michael earned a master’s degree in genealogy from the University of Strathclyde, interned with FamilySearch, and is on the remote adjunct faculty for BYU-Idaho’s associate’s degree in family history research.”

We are always happy to hear about the involvement of our Accredited Genealogist professionals in the genealogy community, and encourage everyone to consider membership in the Association of Professional Genealogists. There are great networking opportunities within APG, and having a profile on their website can promote your professional services.

The annual APG Professional Management Conference will be in Salt Lake City September 19 through September 21, 2019, and if you are interested in presenting at it you’ve only got a few days left before the Call for Presentations deadline!  (They must be in by December 15th).  Click here for more details.