Monthly Archives: March 2014

TGP 18 Lorine McGinnis Schulze – Focus on New Netherland

Featured Guest

Lorine McGinnis Schulze

Lorine McGinnis Schulze is a Canadian genealogist who has been involved in the fields of genealogy and history for more than thirty years.

Lorine is the creator and owner of the Olive Tree Genealogy website  and several other websites, all bringing free genealogical content online for genealogists and historians.

Lorine is active in the genealogy community with several blogs including the Olive Tree Genealogy blog and Ask Olive Tree. Here visitors can submit queries and challenging questions for an answer from Lorine. In February 2011 she was an official blogger for RootsTech Technology and Genealogy Convention in Salt Lake City Utah.

Lorine is the author of many published genealogical articles and books on genealogy and history. Her list of published works is available at http://www.olivetreegenealogy.com/published.shtml

Olive Tree Genealogy has been online since February 1996 and is one of the oldest Lorine McGinnis Shulze - Canadian Genealogistgenealogy websites online. Lorine’s website was among the first to bring free primary sources to the Internet with its passenger lists of ships from the Netherlands to New York in the 17th Century. Lorine specializes in early Ships Passenger Lists to America and Canada, as well as New Netherland (17th Century New York), Loyalist research and Ontario genealogy research.

Lorine is active on her Olive Tree Genealogy YouTube channel which holds various Step-by-Step Tutorials and Cemetery Walk videos. She is also known for her commitment to locating descendants of American and Canadian soldiers whose medals and dog tags have been found in other countries.

She is a volunteer host for several Ontario GenWeb sites and USGenWeb sites. She also volunteers as an administrator for over 30 genealogy mailing lists and more than 2 dozen genealogy message boards.

Lorine’s current projects include a soon-to-be-published genealogical mystery novel and a book on genealogy activities and games for children.

Contact Links

Olive Tree Genealogy website

Olive Tree Genealogy blog

Olive Tree Genealogy YouTube channel

Olive Tree Genealogy on Facebook

Lorine McGinnis Schulze on Twitter

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

Figure out what you love doing and what you’re good at because that will be the start of your business plan.

Recommended Book

The Island at the Center of the World by Russell Shorto

Productivity Tool

Drop Box – Tool for sharing large files

Evernote – a tool to help you organize and remember

Scrivener  – a writing tool by Literature and Latte

Advice

“Don’t just talk about starting a business – at some point actually do it. Give yourself a deadline for a decision.”

Action Item

We pick up where with left off in episode 15. That week I asked you to decide on a several of your most fun projects and ask for permission to use the projects in learning opportunities for a broader audience such as an article or a presentation.  This week our action item is to take that one step further by defining the project.

ACTION: Think about one of your fun projects and then fill in the information below. It doesn’t have to been perfect or locked in stone. The goal is to get you thinking about your project so that you can summarize it and turn it into another end product.  Fill out this chart:

Title:
Summary:
Location:
Time Frame:
Methodology/Approach to Challenge:
What is unique or unusual?

 

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Webinar Announcement

Marian Pierre-Louis, host of the Genealogy Professional podcast, will be hosting a FREE live webinar on Friday, April 4, 2014 at 2:00pm EDT.

Time zones: 2PM Eastern, 1PM Central, 12noon Mountain, 11AM Pacific, 6PM GMT

The topic is:

Finding Your Genealogy Niche

Are you a genealogy generalist who hasn’t found a specialty area or niche? A niche can help differentiate your business from other professionals but sometimes finding a niche can be a challenge. This webinar will take you through important criteria that will help you move forward in the best direction.

If you need help finding your niche and would like to be featured in the webinar, please send an email through the contact form and explain where you live, what you think you would specialize in and anything that is giving you trouble in making the decision. I look forward to hearing from you!

The webinar will include a Q&A session at the end. The webinar will not be available as a replay. However, it will be available for purchase afterward as a digital download.

Register for the Webinar

FREE Webinar – Finding Your Genealogy Niche

Webinar Announcement

TGP Webinar - Finding Your Genealogy NicheMarian Pierre-Louis, host of the Genealogy Professional podcast, will be hosting a FREE live webinar on Friday, April 4, 2014 at 2:00pm EDT.

Time zones: 2PM Eastern, 1PM Central, 12noon Mountain, 11AM Pacific, 6PM GMT

The topic is:

Finding Your Genealogy Niche

Are you a genealogy generalist who hasn’t found a specialty area or niche? A niche can help differentiate your business from other professionals but sometimes finding a niche can be a challenge. This webinar will take you through important criteria that will help you move forward in the best direction.

If you need help finding your niche and would like to be featured in the webinar, please send an email through the contact form and explain where you live, what you think you would specialize in and anything that is giving you trouble in making the decision. I look forward to hearing from you!

The webinar will include a Q&A session at the end. The webinar will not be available as a replay. However, it will be available for purchase afterward as a digital download.

Register for the Webinar

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TGP 17 Luana Darby – Serving Professionals

Featured Guest

Luana Darby

Luana Darby grew up listening to her grandmother’s stories about growing up in Kansas in the early 1900s. This piqued her interest and developed into a passion to learn more about her roots, which turned into a successful business helping others find and tell their story. Luana Darby on the Genealogy Professional podcastLuana received a bachelor’s degree in Family History from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in library and information science from San Jose State University.

Luana is a past president of the Utah Genealogical Association and is active in several professional organizations including the Association of Professional Genealogists. She has spoken at many local, regional and national conferences on a variety of technology and genealogical research based topics.

Luana is the owner of Lineages by Luana  and co-owner of American Patriots and Pioneers Research Services.  Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, her research expertise includes the United States, Canada, and Western Europe, with a special interest Palatine German research – tracing Germans immigrants of the 1700s who settled in Colonial Pennsylvania.

Contact Links

Lineages by Luana

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

“Take the time. Set out your  strengths and weaknesses. See what things you really enjoy and have a passion for and head yourself in that direction.

Recommended Book

Professional Genealogy edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills

Pennsylvania German Pioneers by Strassburger and Hinke (note: there are 3 volumes)

Productivity Tool

Drop Box – Tool for sharing large files

Advice

“Network and if you’re just starting, find a mentor.” “

Action Item

This week we continue with the theme of networking – but with a twist. Have you ever received emails from people requesting services that you don’t provide? What do you do with those emails? Ignore them? Delete them? Create opportunity for yourself by providing value for potential (or non-potential as the case may be) clients and colleagues. When you receive an email such as this reply back that you don’t provide the service but that you can connect them with someone who does. Then provide the email address or website for the person who most closely matches what they need. The person will appreciate the time you took to help them and may even return someday to be a customer of yours.

ACTION: Check back through your email from the last 4 weeks. Are there any emails that you’ve ignored? Emails from people asking for services that you don’t provide? Take the time to respond to those people by referring them to colleagues who do do that sort of work. In doing so, you will provide value in your response and will look very professional to the person who contacted you.

 

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TGP 16 Fiona Fitzsimons – Irish Research

Featured Guest

Fiona Fitzsimons

Fiona is a founder and Director of Eneclann, a Trinity College Campus Company established in 1998, that specialises in history and heritage services.

As Eneclann’s Research director, she plays a key role in developing and ensuring quality in the company’s digital publications and the online resources at findmypast.ie and Fiona Fitzsimons of Eneclann on The Genealogy Professional podcastwww.irishorigins.com

In family history, Fiona is probably best known for tracing President Obama’s Irish family history. In 2013 Fiona gave a private presentation on the President’s Irish roots to Michelle Obama and her daughters on the occasion of their visit to Trinity College Dublin.

Fiona and her team have also brought you the Irish research for Who Do You Think You Are?, PBS’s Faces of America and Finding Your Roots, RTE’s Ancestors During the Famine, and others.

Fiona and her research team have also completed some of the largest historical research projects ever undertaken in Ireland, developing new methodologies to be tested and used by other resarchers. Work includes an audit of the accuracy of the Irish Genealogical Project’s database of church records, and the Irish Battlefields Project for the Department of the Environment.

In 2013 Fiona was elected to the Board of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Contact Links

Eneclann website

Eneclann Facebook page

Eneclann Twitter page

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

Familiarize themselves with Irish genealogy websites.

Recommended Book

Anything by Jorge Luis Borges, the former Director of the National Library of Argentina

Productivity Tool

Drop Box – Tool for sharing large files

Advice

“Keep detailed research notes. Stay on top of your own records. Build up your own research library.”

Action Item

This week we focus on Fiona’s suggestion to build up our own research library. There are certain books that all of us need to have at arm’s reach at a moments notice.  For every researcher this will be different based on where you live and what your research specialties are.  You may not own all of the books right now but you can strive to get them later.

ACTION: Make a list of the top 10 books that would appear in your genealogy reference library.  You might have some now and others might be on your wish list. What is crucial for you to have at moments notice? Share your list in the comments below!

Here are six that are on my list:

Professional Genealogy edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills

Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills

The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy by Val D. Greenwood

Red Book by Ancestry

Land & Property Research in the United States by E. Wade Hone

The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual
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TGP 15 Rebecca Whitman Koford – Maryland Research

Featured Guest

Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG

Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG is a professional genealogist in American research with special emphasis in Maryland. She has been interested in genealogy ever since the age of five, when she could read her parents’ collection of old handwritten family group sheets.

Rebecca has been taking clients and lecturing since 2004. She has spoken for the Maryland State Archives, Banneker-Douglas Museum in Annapolis, Maryland, Kensington Family Rebecca Whitman Koford on the Genealogy Professional podcastHistory Conferences, Baltimore Family History Workshops, the York Family History Conference in Pennsylvania, The Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore, and for groups in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. Rebecca is a member of DAR, NGS, MDHS, NYG&B, and former Assistant Director of the Columbia Family History Center, and is a Certified Genealogist.

She was the Treasurer for the National Capital Area Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists and taught Beginning and Advanced Genealogy courses for Howard Community College until her move in 2010. She now volunteers at the Family History Center in Frederick. She was coordinator for the 4th and 14th ProGen (peer-led group study of Mills’ book Professional Genealogy) and 16th GenProof (peer-led group study of Jones’ book Mastering Genealogical Proof) online study groups and is currently enthusiastic about the Preserve the Pensions: War of 1812 project sponsored by FGS. Rebecca is head genealogist for ReelTributes, a genealogical documentary company, and she invites you to view her monthly blog articles at www.reeltributes.com. She lives in Mt. Airy, Maryland, with three active teenagers and a very patient husband.

Contact Links

Rebecca’s APG Profile

Rebecca – Google+ page

APG National Capital Area Chapter

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

Find people  who are in a genealogy career. Go and join your local APG group.

Recommended Book

The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy by Val D. Greenwood

Productivity Tool

The templates Rebecca uses (created in MS Word) to keep herself organized

Advice

“Enjoy the journey.”

Action Item

This week let’s focus on your most fun project! Is there is a project than stands out more than others? Perhaps a client that was great to work with or a project that was really fun?

ACTION: The first step in your action item this week is to identify one or two projects that standout for you, either as the most fun, the most challenging or for some other positive reason. Make a list of those projects. It can be a client project, one that you’ve done for yourself or for family or friends.

Next contact the person you did the project for whether that is a client, family or friend, and ask them for permission to use the information about the project in an article or lecture so that you can teach others. Yes, even if it was for family or friends you need to contact them and ask for permission. Get the permission in writing.  If anyone has privacy concerns let them know that you will not include their personal information in your finished product.

We’re not going to take the next step yet of turning the project information into usable content to be shared. For this week, simply select the projects and ask for permission. Asking for written permission is the most important part. In a future episode we will discuss what to do with the project so that you can transform it and share it.

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FREE Webinar – Targeting & Finding New Genealogy Clients

Webinar Announcement

Marian Pierre-Louis, host of the Genealogy Professional podcast, will be hosting a FREE live webinar on Friday, March 14, 2014 at 12:00pm EDT.

The topic is:

“Targeting and Finding New Genealogy Clients”

Finding new clients is one of the most challenging aspects of being an independent business person for both new and experienced genealogists. In this webinar there will be two case studies – one on an ethnic genealogy niche and the other a geographic based niche. You will leave with new ideas to jump start your business.

The webinar will be 60 minutes in length and will include a Question & Answer session at the end. The webinar will not be available as a replay. However, it will be available for purchase afterward as a digital download.

Register for the Webinar

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TGP 14 Carol Baxter – Writing for a Wide Audience

Featured Guest

Carol Baxter

Pursuing thieves and murderers through the ages is just an average day for the history Carol Baxter, author and genealogistdetective, Carol Baxter. Like Dr Who, she hunts ordinary individuals who unwittingly had such an extraordinary impact on their world that the consequences changed the course of history; then she brings their stories to life as ‘true-crime thrillers’. She is the internationally-acclaimed, award-winning author of An Irresistible Temptation, Breaking the Bank, Captain Thunderbolt and his Lady, and The Peculiar Case of the Electric Constable. She is also the author of Writing Interesting Family Histories, with more genealogy ‘how to’ books in the pipeline, a speaker at genealogy conferences and cruises, a Fellow of the Society of Australian Genealogists and an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of New England.

Contact Links

Carol’s website – www.CarolBaxter.com

Bushranger Thunderbolt website

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

Listen to podcasts!”

Recommended Book

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

Productivity Tool

Microsoft Word – a great software program for writers

Advice

“Broaden your market by monetizing your knowledge. Become a speaker and then you can turn talks into books and sell them from the back of the room. That increases your exposure and your income.”

Action Item

Carol and I talked an awful lot about writing. This is a good time to stop and assess where you are with your own writing.  Do you like writing, does your writing skills need improvement, or are you terrified of writing and avoid it at all costs?

ACTION: Commit to writing every day for the next 7 days. Either choose an area that you need to work on or an area that you have no experience at all. Some types of writing you can choose from include writing client reports, writing an article for a magazine or writing blog posts. Remember you are doing this for yourself! You don’t have to show anyone the writing if you don’t want to. Commit to writing each day, one full item (article, blog post etc) each day for seven days.

At the end of the seven days you will have more practice, more experience and hopefully will feel more comfortable with writing. If we’re lucky you’ll decide that you want to continue writing past the seven days. Give it a try!

 

 

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