Monthly Archives: December 2013

TGP 5: Cinamon Collins – Tennessee Genealogist

Featured Guest

Cinamon Collins

Cinamon Collins has been conducting genealogy research for the past 16 years and taking clients for the past two years. She enjoys the chase and the thrill of discovery. Cinamon has the good fortune of having adventurous ancestors who have migrated and traveled Cinamon Collinsthrough many states, allowing her to become familiar with various archives.

Before turning genealogy into a full time career, Cinamon was an elementary school teacher and professional photographer. It is not unusual to find her traipsing around cemeteries putting her photography skills to use.

Cinamon has completed the Boston University Genealogical Research Certificate Program, the National Genealogical Society Home Study Course, ProGen Study Group (9), National Institute of Genealogical Research (NIGR) Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis, and is a graduate of the 2012 Forensic Genealogy Institute. She also volunteers at the Tennessee State Library and Archives.

You can check out Cinamon’s website at: www.crcgenealogy.com or follow her adventures on her blog: www.misadventuresofagenealogist.blogspot.com or on Twitter: @CinamonC.

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

Join the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG)

Recommended Book

Mastering Genealogical Proof by Thomas W. Jones

Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills

Productivity Tool

Evernote – a tool to help you organize and remember

Advice

“Think outside the box. Look for alternative sources of information that are not the expected.”

 

TGP 4: Kirsty Wilkinson – Scottish Records & Paleography

Featured Guest

Kirsty Wilkinson

Kirsty Wilkinson is the owner of My Ain Folk, a Scottish genealogy research firm.

Kirsty began researching her own ancestry when she was in her early 20s and soon Kirst Wilkinson My Ain Folk Genealogy - Scotlanddeveloped a passion for family history. She increased her knowledge of genealogical sources through personal and formal study and in 2006 launched My Ain Folk to assist others with tracing their ancestors. Since then she has gained many hours of practical research experience in Scottish archives and record repositories and helped clients worldwide to discover their own family story.

She has a particular interest in paleography (old handwriting) which enables her to carry out research in pre-1700 records and to transcribe handwritten documents from the 1500s-present. Another specialisation is heir- or descendant-tracing and locating living relatives. She has successfully located heirs to estates on behalf of probate research firms in the UK, Europe, Asia and the US and enabled private clients to reconnect with long-lost cousins.

Learn more about Kirsty at her website www.myainfolk.com.

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

Set realistic fees and work out how much you can realistically make.

Recommended Book

Tracing Your Scottish Ancestors, the Official Guide, 6th Edition, by the National Records of Scotland

Productivity Tool

Kirsty does use Dropbox but she is otherwise fairly low tech.

Advice

“Just do it. Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re wasting your time.”

 

TGP 3: Melanie Holtz focusing on Italian Research

Featured Guest

Melanie Holtz, CG

Melanie Holtz, CG, is the owner and principal researcher of Lo Schiavo Genealogica . She is a Certified Genealogist specializing in Italian research.

She has 20 years experience in genealogical research and has worked extensively in all Melanie Holtz, CGtypes of Ital­ian records. Lo Schiavo Genealogica has worked in all regions of Italy, San  Marino, and the formerly Italian island of Corsica.

As a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), Melanie abides by the Code of Ethics set forth by that organization. She served on the APG Board of Directors  in 2010 and is again serving the organization between 2013–2014. Her work on the APG Professional Development committee has helped to expand the educational services offered by the organization. She also belongs to the North Carolina Chapter and serves as Vice-President and Director of Programs. Melanie is also a member of the Utah Genealogical  Association (UGA).

Learn more about Melanie at her website www.HoltzResearch.com

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

Make an honest assessment of what you can do right now in your business.

Recommended Book

BCG Standards Manual

Professional Genealogy edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills

Productivity Tool

Pages application for iPad

OfficeTime application to track hours and expenses

Google Docs (now Google Drive) to track work and log employee time cards

Advice

“Don’t take too long educating yourself. Get started.”

 

TGP 2: Caroline Gurney – Researching the Cutty Sark

Featured Guest

Caroline Gurney

Caroline Gurney is a professional genealogist, researcher, blogger and speaker who runs an historical research service based in the ancient market town of Chipping Sodbury in South Gloucestershire. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists Caroline Gurney(APG) and subscribes to their Code of Ethics.

She read History at Bristol University, specialising in 15th century England. Her dissertation was a biographical study of Members of Parliament in 1450 and the ties of family and patronage which bound them. She graduated in 1975 with a First Class honours degree and a thorough grounding in historical research.

In 2012 she was commissioned by HSBC, corporate sponsors of the Cutty Sark, to trace living descendants of the crew and other significant people connected to the ship. Her research eventually identified over 600 living descendants, 170 of whom were brought together at a reception on board Cutty Sark on 24 May 2012. Each descendant was presented with a booklet containing her biographies of their ancestors. Following on from this project, she is now writing a book on the men (and one woman) connected with the historic ship.

Learn more about Caroline at her website www.carolinegurney.com

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

Join the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG)

Recommended Book

Ancestral Trails: The Complete Guide to British Genealogy and Family History
by Mark D. Herber

Productivity Tool

Free Agent – online accounting software

Advice

 “No one ever got rich working as a genealogist. Do it because you love it. Do it to the best of your ability. The clients will come and the job satisfaction will be amazing.”

TGP 1: Lisa Alzo – Genealogy Speaker and Writer

Featured Guest

Lisa Alzo

Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A., is a freelance writer, instructor, and internationally recognized lecturer, specializing in Slovak/Eastern European genealogical research, writing your family history, Lisa Alzo, genealogistand using the Internet to trace female and immigrant ancestors.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1987 and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997. Lisa is the author of nine books, including the award-winning Three Slovak Women, and hundreds of magazine articles. She has been published in Ancestry Magazine, Discovering Family History Magazine, Family Chronicle, Family Tree Magazine, Reunions Magazine, NGSNews Magazine, Western Pennsylvania History Magazine, and The Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly. Lisa is a contributing editor for Family Baba's Kitchen by Lisa AlzoTree Magazine, and teaches online courses for Family Tree University and The National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

She is frequently invited speaker for national conferences, genealogical and historical societies, and webinars, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Federation of Genealogical Societies. An avid genealogist for more than 23 years, Lisa also chronicles her family history adventures on her blog, The Accidental Genealogist . Visit www.lisaalzo.com for more information.

Recommended Book

2014 Writer’s Marketplace by Robert Lee Brewer

Productivity Tool

Scrivener and Scapple both by Literature and Latte

Advice

“Follow your heart and work hard”

Introducing The Genealogy Professional podcast

Whether your are transitioning into the world of professional genealogy or already an experienced genealogy professional, this podcast will give you new ideas to make your business even better.

Each week I will interview experienced genealogy professionals about the challenges they had in starting their business and the strategies they took to overcome those obstacles.

Are you ready to learn and grow in your business? Join me and let’s get started.

–Marian Pierre-Louis