Monthly Archives: July 2016

TGP 45 – Lynn Palermo

Featured Guest

Lynn Palermo

Lynn Palermo is a genealogy professional with a passion for the written word. As the owner and author of a family history blog, you’ll find her most days blogging from her website The Armchair Genealogist. It’s here she offers readers practical advice on researching and writing their family history.  The Armchair Genealogist was named one of thLynn Palermo e Top 40 Blogs by Family Tree Magazine.

As a freelance writer, Lynn has published articles for Internet Genealogy, Discovering Family History, and Family Chronicle (now Your Genealogy Today). Her articles have been featured across the internet including The National Genealogical Society website, Ancestry.com newsletter and online magazines such as The In-Depth Genealogist.

Lynn is also the proud author of her family history book, The Waters of My Ancestors. Lynn has published three how-to-books designed to help the family historian write their own family history book, including Getting Ready to Write, Authentic Ancestors and Finding the Story.  Her books can be found at The Family History Writing Studio where she coaches students through online courses, critiques, ebooks and webinars in their journey to use write creative nonfiction to write entertaining, engaging and inspiring stories. Every February, Lynn leads hundreds of family historians in The Family History Writing Challenge. For the past 5 years, she’s guided writers through 28 days of focused writing of their family history stories.

Lynn has been researching and writing genealogy for 15 years and loves to help others find their journey. Her perfect day is inspiring and motivating others to research and write their family history.

Contact Links

Website – The Armchair Genealogist

Website – The Family History Writing Studio

Facebook – @ArmchairGenealogist

Facebook – @fhwstudio

Other Links   

MyCanvas

CreateSpace

Writing the Family History Scene course

Plotting a Family History Story course

Creating a Legacy Family History Book course

Camtasia

Adobe Premier Pro CC

Wistia

Norfolk Historical Society (Ontario)/Eva Brook Donly Museum and Archives

The Family History Writing Challenge

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

Listen to your audience.

Recommended Book

On Writing” by Stephen King

Productivity Tool

Scrivener

Advice

“Start writing now. You do not have to wait until your research is done.

Action Item

For your action item this week I’d like you to do a brainstorming exercise. Think about your specific niche within genealogy. If you were to write a short eBook that you could publish as a pdf what topic would you choose?

ACTION:

Try to think of as many possibilities as you can.  Allow yourself to go in a direction that you normally wouldn’t consider. Think about your niche in very broad terms and then narrow down and think about it with very specific topics. And then of course write down your ideas!

I hope this exercise really gets you thinking about what you do and the various ways you can share your knowledge on the subject. I really strongly believe in brainstorming. I think it can open you up to possibilities and ideas you hadn’t considered before.

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NEWS

Here on the genealogy professional podcast we have been releasing episodes weekly for the last 5 or 6 weeks.  I just want you to know that we are not going to continue at that pace. While we don’t have a set schedule yet what you are more likely to find is that we’ll post 6 episodes in a row and then we’ll take a few weeks off. Then we’ll do another 6 and take a few weeks off.  That will be a bit easier on us than trying to crank them out every week. We’ve reached that point now. So our next episode will be in a few weeks on August 21st. On that day we’ll hear an amazing interview with NGSQ co-editor Melinde Lutz Byrne.

If you’d like to become a supporter of the Genealogy Professional podcast head over to the website at www.thegenealogyprofessional.com and click on the supporter button. And of course, ratings and reviews in both iTunes and Stitcher are always welcome.

 

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TGP 44 – Craig R. Scott on Publishing

Featured Guest

Craig R. Scott

Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG, FUGA is the author of The “Lost” Pensions: Settled Accounts of the Act of 6 April 1838 (Revised) and Records of the Accounting Officers of the Department of the Treasury, Inventory 14 (Revised). His most recent work is Understanding Revolutionary War and Invalid Pension Ledgers, 1818 – 1872, and the Payment Vouchers They Represent. He has authored seventeen books and several articles in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Family Chronicle (now Your Genealogy Today) and other genealogical Craig Scott Photopublications.

He is the President and CEO of Heritage Books, Inc., a genealogical publishing firm with over 5,300 titles in print. A professional genealogical and historical researcher for more than thirty years, he specializes in the records of the National Archives. He is a member of the Company of Military Historians on the editorial board of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, and is a Director of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Craig has been a faculty member for several years of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and recently the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh. He is the coordinator for the 3rd Annual Heritage Books Genealogical Conference and Cruise. He was awarded the Grahame T. Smallwood, Jr. Award in 2008 and UGA Silver Tray Award in 2009. He became a Fellow, Utah Genealogical Association in 2014.

Contact Links

Business Website – Heritage Books, Inc.

Personal Website – Genealogy Brick Wall

Facebook – Heritage Books

Pinterest – Heritage Books, Inc.

Other Links

Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills

Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians by Elizabeth Shown Mills

ProGen Study Groups

Art of War by Sun Tsu

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

“Go to the ProGen website and read it. Take the quiz.  Determine whether you are in a place in your life that you should take that 18 or 19 month course known as ProGen.”

Recommended Book

Understanding Revolutionary War and Invalid Pension Ledgers 1818-1872, and Pension Payment Vouchers They Represent by Craig R. Scott

Productivity Tool

FileMaker Pro for database management

Citrix Sharefile for secure file sharing and storage

Advice

“Take a vacation. Take a genealogy cruise with Heritage Books.”

Action Item

For your action item this week, I would like to tap into what Craig said about short term revenue vs. long term revenue. I would re-phrase long term revenue as either passive income or residual income. This is a topic we have been discussing in-depth in some of my Mastermind groups this month.

ACTION:

For your action I want you to think about the types of residual income that Craig mentioned such as royalties from books and commissions from webinars.  Try to brainstorm some more types of residual income. Here’s one to get you started – affiliate income which is the linking to sites like Amazon.com. If people purchase through your link then you get a small commission.

Try to make as big a list as you possibly can. If you’re stumped, go online and Google passive or residual income.  Then take a look at your list and see which streams of income might be best for your situation and your business.

When you’re all done leave a comment in the show’s secret Facebook group. You can get to that by signing up for the Genealogy Professional podcast newsletter on the website at thegenealogyprofessional.com.

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NEWS

In Genealogy news, we are in the midst of institute season. GenFed just wrapped up and next week genealogists will gather for the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, otherwise known as GRIP. On August 17th the Northwest Genealogy Conference starts and then at the end of summer, starting August 31st, the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2016 conference starts in Springfield, Illinois.

One gathering you may not be familiar with is GenStock. This is a very small gathering compared to the national conferences and it is intended for professionals. GenStock is put on by Billie Fogarty and Matt McCormack. The goal is to provide an interactive opportunity to exchange ideas about  the field of genealogy. The objective is to bring together skilled genealogists  to explore new ideas and to dream, to Encourage friendships and expand networks, to Advance the field of genealogy, to Examine questions relating to genealogy as a profession, to Share knowledge about the field and its best practices and to Experience the sense of joy in genealogy and have fun. It takes place in Alpena, Michigan starting the weekend of August 25th before the FGS Conference. To find out more contact either Billie or Matt through the APG online Directory which you can find at apgen.org.

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TGP-43 Gen-Fed with Malissa Ruffner

Featured Guest

Malissa Ruffner discusses Gen-Fed

In this episode Malissa Ruffner discusses details of the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed), a five-day program focused on researching federal records. Gen-Fed was formerly known as the National Institute on Genealogical Research.

According to Gen-Fed‘s website, “The Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed) is held at the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C. (Archives I), headquarters of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), official repository of the permanently valuable records of the United States government. Federal records document a wide variety of interactions between ordinary citizens and the government—in some cases providing unique genealogical information, and in others, biographical and contextual detail that enriches understanding of our ancestors’ lives.

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About the Institute

Gen-Fed is designed to instill a methodological framework and foster creative thinking about relevant records—setting the stage for federal discovery. Geared towards experienced genealogists, archivists, historians and librarians, it is a unique opportunity to explore holdings unavailable elsewhere.

The institute has been a leader in genealogical education since its founding in 1950 as a three-week comprehensive program. It has evolved throughout its history in response to growth in genealogical education, advances in record access, and changes in technology. Its trustees are representatives of the American Society of GenealogistsAssociation of Professional GenealogistsBoard for Certification of GenealogistsFederation of Genealogical Societies,National Genealogical Society, and the institute’s alumni association. The National Archives, a non-voting member, provides strong support, on-site classrooms, and a welcoming atmosphere.

After a hiatus in 2015, the institute returns to its traditional July schedule in 2016 with a new name that reflects its mission.”

About Director Malissa Ruffner

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Malissa Ruffner, a resident of Baltimore, Maryland, earned a Bachelor of Arts from Goucher College and a law degree and a Master of Library Science degree, both from the University of Maryland. In addition to genealogy, she has worked as a lawyer, and in schools, libraries and archives. Her genealogical pursuits include client work, writing and blogging, lecturing, and participation in conferences and institutes, including NIGR, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University, the Genealogical Research Institute at Pittsburgh, Forensic Genealogy Institute, ProGen, and “Come Home to New England” at the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Malissa currently serves on the Maryland Genealogical Society Board of Directors and on the Intellectual Property Committee of the Board for Certification of Genealogy.

Contact Links

Gen-Fed 2016

Are you ready for Gen-Fed?

Other Links

National Archives and Records Administration

Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Archives edited by Anne Bruner Eales and Robert M. Kvasnicka

ACTION

What I would like you to do is to choose an archives or library in your local area that you’ve never been to before. Then spend some time exploring their online catalog and guidance resources.  Try to get an overview of what records and resources they have available.

Next, if possible, try to explore some specific genealogical searches and see if the archive has records that might help you in your research. If so, make a research plan and plan a visit. If not, see if you can plan a visit anyway and see if what you learned online about the archive matches what you discover in person.

Direct link to this post: http://www.thegenealogyprofessional.com/gen-fed/

NEWS

In Genealogy news, just a quick reminder that we are in the final week to register for the APG Professional Management Conference at the Early Bird rate. This episode is releasing on July 10th and you only have until July 15th 2016 to save money.

I did a quick survey on my personal Facebook Wall about who has already registered and I was pleasantly surprised by how many people have signed up. You will be able to register after July 15th but you’ll pay full conference price. You can find more information out at www.apgen.org/conferences.

If you’d like to become a supporter of the Genealogy Professional podcast head over to the website at www.thegenealogyprofessional.com and click on the supporter button. And of course, ratings and reviews in both iTunes and Stitcher are always welcome.

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TGP 42 – Lisa Alzo and Eastern Europe Research

In this episode, we highlight another genealogy author.  I talk with Lisa Alzo about her latest book, The Family Tree Polish, Czech and Slovak Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Family Tree in Eastern Europe.

Bio – Lisa Alzo

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

She has written hundreds of magazine articles and ten books, including the award-winning “Three Slovak Women.” She is a contributing editor for Family Tree Magazine and teaches online courses for Family Tree University and the National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

As a lecturer, she’s been a frequently invited speaker for all of the largest US genealogical conferences, as well as genealogical and historical societies across the nation and in Canada.

An avid genealogist for over twenty-five years, Lisa also chronicles her family history adventures on her blog, The Accidental Genealogist.

Book Summary

Trace your Eastern European ancestors from American shores back to the old country. This in-depth guide will walk you step-by-step through the exciting–and challenging–journey of finding your Polish, Czech, or Slovak roots. You’ll learn how to identify immigrant ancestors, find your family’s town of origin, locate key genealogical resources, decipher foreign-language records, and untangle the region’s complicated history. The book also includes timelines, sample records, resource lists, and sample record request letters to aid your research.

In this book, you’ll find

  • The best online resources for Polish, Czech, and Slovak genealogy, plus a clear research path you can follow to find success
  • Tips and resources for retracing your ancestors’ journey to America
  • Detailed guidance for finding and using records in the old country
  • Helpful background on Polish, Czech, and Slovak history, geography, administrative divisions, and naming patterns
  • How the Three Partitions of Poland and the Austro-Hungarian Empire affect genealogical research and records
  • Information on administrative divisions to help you identify where your ancestors’ records are kept
  • Sample letters for requesting records from overseas archives
  • Case studies that apply concepts and strategies to real-life research problems

Whether your ancestors hail from Warsaw or a tiny village in the Carpathians, The Family Tree Polish, Czech and Slovak Genealogy Guide will give you the tools you need to track down your ancestors in Eastern Europe.

Publication Info Eastern Europe: Polish Czech Slovak Genealogy

Title: The Family Tree Polish, Czech and Slovak Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Family Tree in Eastern Europe

Publisher: Family Tree Books (February 12, 2016)

Paperback; 240 pages.

The Family Tree Polish, Czech and Slovak Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Family Tree in Eastern Europe is available for purchase from shopfamilytree.com and Amazon.com.

 

The Interview

Researching Polish, Czech, or Slovak ancestry is complex. Lisa and I discuss how to overcome the challenges of this research area.  Knowledge of the history of an Eastern European ancestor’s country is essential as boundaries changed but ethnic identity remained intact. Locating and getting access to record repositories can be difficult. Hiring an on-site guide/researcher can make a research trip to the old country more efficient and successful. Proper planning increases the satisfaction of heritage traveling to ancestral villages.

Links mentioned during the interview:

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Action Item

Lisa Alzo wrote a book that filled a gap. There is no other book available covering Czech, Slovak and Polish research. Her book fills a real need.

What I want you to do is to  is to think about your niche.  Where are the gaps in the area where you provide services? You might need to do some research to see what has already been written. Before you think that your niche is already done, think of your topic in a different way. For example, if you do Colonial New England research maybe  you could focus in on Catholics who came to Colonial New England. Or perhaps write a book about how cemetery research can help with colonial research.  You get the idea.

Try to find a way for you to fill a gap in your niche. There could be a book waiting inside of you!

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News

In Genealogy Business news, I mentioned it last week but I’ll mention it again – the Association of Professional Genealogists is looking for a managing editor for the APG Quarterly magazine. Check out the publications page on www.apgen.org for more information about the publication.  Interested parties can send cover letters and resumes to admin@apgen.org. The deadline for that is coming up quickly on July 10th 2016.

In other APG news the annual Professional Management Conference Early Bird deadline is coming up on July 15th. That’s just 12 days away from the release of this episode. Be sure to register by then so that you can save money off the registration price. In addition to regular presentations there will be a number of workshops. These allow you to go in-depth on a particular topic.  William Beigel will be presenting a workshop called Researching and Interpreting WWII American Military Casualty Files. Karen Gridley will present the workshop Shift Procrastination to Get More Done in Less Time and with Less Stress. Bethany Waterbury will present a workshop on DNAGedcom. Michael Lacopo will present Finding Dead Ancestors is easy: Finding the Living Can be a Challenge! And lastly Melanie Holtz offers a workshop called Virtual Coordinator: Managing a Genealogical Business in the Internet Age. You can learn more about the conference at www.apgen.org/conference.

As a reminder, I have started a newsletter for The Genealogy Professional podcast. You can sign up for that on the front page of the website . That is also your ticket for getting into the free but top secret Facebook Group.

I want to give you a little peek behind the scenes here at the Genealogy Professional podcast. This show which we offer you for free is the work of four people. In addition to myself, Pam Wolosz is doing the show notes and learning audio editing. George Edwards, the creative producer,  critiques each episode and makes creative content suggestions in order to improve the overall quality of the program and finally Jean-Luc Pierre-Louis Jr. provides tech support and keeps the equipment and machines running. All told each episode takes 8-15 hours to produce.

In the past I have had some people offer donations. I’ve always hesitated to accept those.  But no more. In recognition of all the efforts the team is putting in to make this show for you I will now have a PayPal donation button on the website if you feel so moved to donate. I want you to feel like a supporter or contributor to the show – part of the backbone that keeps us going. So head over to the Supporter tab on the website if you’d like to become a supporter of the show. The donations will be divided amongst the whole team.

Also, a personal appeal from me. We are getting back on track with episodes and working hard to bring you the interviews that help you understand the genealogy profession better. At this point I really need to hear from you. I need to know that what we are doing is helpful to you. So if you could, please find the show in iTunes and leave a rating and review.  Signal to iTunes that the show is alive and let us know that you’re happy to be listening. Without that, sometimes I just wonder if I’m talking to myself.