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TGP 39 – Blaine Bettinger, The Genetic Genealogist

Featured Guest

Blaine Bettinger

In this episode we hear from a leading expert in genetic genealogy. Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., is an intellectual property attorney by day and a genetic genealogist by night. In 2007 he started The Genetic Genealogist, oBlaine Bettingerne of the earliest blogs on the topic. Dr. Bettinger has been interviewed and quoted on personal genomics topics in NewsweekNew Scientist, Wired, and others. He authored I Have the Results of My Genetic Genealogy Test, Now What? in 2008, which is distributed by Family Tree DNA to all of their new customers.

Blaine frequently authors articles and gives presentations to educate others about the use of DNA to explore their ancestry. He is an instructor for genetic genealogy courses at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research, and Family Tree University. Blaine was also recently elected to the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society’s Board of Trustees, and graduated from ProGen Study Group 21 in 2015.

Contact Links

Facebook – Blaine T. Bettinger

Twitter – Blaine T. Bettinger

Website –  The Genetic Genealogist

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

“If you haven’t taken a DNA test, consider taking one.  If you have taken it, consider finding an educational resource to help you understand it because if you’re going to be working with clients, you are absolutely going to encounter clients who either want to do DNA testing or need DNA testing as a piece of evidence.”

Recommended Book

The Invisible History of the Human Race: How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures by Christine Kenneally

International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG) Wiki 

Productivity Tool

Starting to dive into Evernote

Advice

“Beware the naysayers.”

Action Item

For your action item for this episode I want us to focus on setting Client Expectations. Setting client expectations is one of the most important steps you can take to ensuring clients success.

ACTION:

Take a look at your website, your client reports and your clients communication (both email and consider phone conversations). Have you detailed how your project process works? Does the client know what to expect, what results you are likely or not likely to find, what they will receive as an end product and when you will communicate with them and how? If you see any gaps – make some changes. Provide existing and potential clients with the information they need up front.

If you’re a public speaker, revisit the titles and descriptions of your talk. Do they provide enough information to set the expectation of the audience to know whether it is an appropriate level for them? Does the content of your talk match the description? If not, it’s time to revise.

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TGP 38 – Kerry Scott – How to Use Evernote for Genealogy

Direct link to this post: http://www.thegenealogyprofessional.com/Kerry-Scott

We are changing it up for this episode of The Genealogy Professional podcast. Instead of talking with a professional genealogist about running a genealogy business, our featured guest, professional genealogist and author Kerry Scott, talks about her new book, How to Use Evernote for GenealogyEvernote is a well-known productivity tool and Kerry will tell us how it can be used to boost genealogy research efficiency.

Bio – Kerry ScottKerry Scott

Kerry Scott used to be a Human Resources executive. She finally realized she liked dead people better, so now she’s a genealogist. She’s obsessed with using technology to become a more efficient family historian, and she’s spent years developing tools and techniques to make Evernote work for both beginning and expert genealogists. Kerry teaches at Family Tree University, and writes an award-winning genealogy blog, Clue Wagon. Her roots are in the Midwest, but she now lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Book Summary

Harness the powerful, timesaving organization features of Evernote‘s free software and mobile apps to manage your genealogy research. How to Use Evernote for Genealogy explains how to organize all kinds of genealogy clues–from notes and e-mails to vital records and audio files–so the information is easily searchable, accessible on any device, and automatically backed up in the cloud. Step-by-step instructions show you how to organize research materials, analyze research clues, collaborate with cousins, and share your family history.

Publication Info 

book cover

Title: How to Use Evernote for Genealogy

Publisher: Family Tree University (November 16, 2015)

Paperback: 240 pages.

How to Use Evernote for Genealogy is available for purchase from Amazon.com and other booksellers.

The Interview

This interview is a little bit different from what is usually done on the podcast. Instead of focusing on a genealogy professional, we instead focus on a resource – Evernote. Author Kerry Scott talks about her book How to Use Evernote for Genealogy.

In this interview Kerry Scott describes some of her favorite tips and techniques that can make Evernote a go-to tool for professional genealogists. Find out the benefits of sharing notes and notebooks with clients, what makes Evernote’s search functions so beneficial to genealogists, and how Evernote camera captures documents using your mobile device.

Kerry also describes her journey of writing this book – how long it took to write the book, how she organized it to get started and what her greatest fears were.

Action Item

This is a really simple and obvious action item for this episode. Kerry Scott gave excellent insight into Evernote. Evernote is a FREE tool.

Your action item this week is to check it out. Download it on your phone or computer and see what it can do for you. It’s free so trying it out doesn’t cost you anything but time. See if you can use Evernote to make you more productive and efficient.

News

The deadline for speaker submissions to the 2017 National Genealogical Society Family History Conference is coming up on April 1st, 2016. Visit www.ngsgenealogy.org for more information.

In TGP news, in the last episode I mentioned that registration was open for the Mastermind groups that I am offering. I wanted to let you know that both groups have sold out. So unfortunately it’s too late to sign up for them. However, I will be offering two specialized masterminds – one for bloggers and one for public speakers. These will be shorter – not full 12 month masterminds like the others.

I’ll also be bringing back my popular Goals workshop. That’s a onetime 3-hour workshop that helps you really focus in on your priorities and accomplishing your goals. So keep your eye on the website later in March for info about all of that.

We also have a new mailing list and private Facebook group. The group is free and it’s a place where you can talk about the action items from the show and ask questions. There’s one hitch though. In order to get into the group you have to sign up for the mailing list on thegenealogyprofessional.com website. Once you sign up you’ll be sent a link for the Facebook page. So be sure to check that out.

I’ll be traveling and appearing at some conferences in the coming months. On March 10th I’ll be presenting the marketing segment at the Forensic Genealogy Institute in San Antonio, Texas. If you’re going to be there be sure to stop me and say hello.

On March 19th I’ll be presenting my Goals Workshop to the members of the New England Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. And on April 16th I’ll be presenting a genealogy talk at the Massachusetts Genealogical Council seminar in Marlborough, Massachusetts. If you are in New England, be sure to check that one out because CeCe Moore will be presenting a full day of DNA classes as part of the MGC seminar.

TGP 37 – Elaine Hannon, Irish Genealogy

Featured Guest

Elaine Hannon

Elaine Hannon owns Elaine Hannon Genealogy, a genealogy research business based near Dublin, Ireland that reconnects people to their Irish families.

A search to locate her American grandfather stoked Elaine’s interest in genealogy after her Elaine Hannonsecretarial assistant career ended when her boss, a government official, retired. At the urging of her husband, Elaine sought formal education to fuel her passion. After an intensive three months, she earned a Diploma in Family History – Genealogy from Independent College in Dublin. Elaine then opened Elaine Hannon Genealogy in 2011.

In this episode, Elaine discusses how she started a new genealogy business, to include taking a social media course, attracting clients, and finding a focus. Her guiding motto as she has grown a successful business is “Start small, and work your way big.”

Elaine was born in Dublin, Ireland and now lives in County Meath, within a short train ride to Dublin’s research facilities. Elaine obtained a Diploma in Family History Research (Genealogy), ICM Professional Development Award. This course was run through the Independent College of Dublin in Spring 2011. The Diploma course is delivered in conjunction with the Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI). Elaine is a member of the Accredited Genealogists Ireland (Formerly the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland), Irish Genealogical Research Society of Ireland (IGRS) and the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG).

Elaine is a listed Researcher with the National Archives of Ireland and the National Library of Ireland.

Contact Links

Facebook Page – Elaine Hannon

Website – Elaine Hannon Genealogy

Other Links

Diploma in Family History – Genealogy from Independent College Dublin

Irish Genealogical Research Society of Ireland (IGRS)

Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI)

Association of Professional Genealogists (APG)

Facebook Page – Irish Roots Hunters

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

Seek formal training. It will get you on the right track so you will feel confident in your own research.

Recommended Book

Tracing Your Irish Ancestors  by John Grenham

Productivity Tool

Family Tree Maker – software to simplify clients’ family trees (undergoing change in ownership)

Advice

Do not give up. Try, try again. Once you start, keep at it.  It’s not going to happen overnight.  It will all turn out right in the end, as they say in Ireland.

Action Item

It is interesting to hear how genealogists around the world get their education and how they start their businesses. Elaine used the internet and Facebook to attract new clients. In the past, Elaine Hannon was a Genealogist Adviser for Irish Roots Magazine on their Facebook page where she gave advice and guidance on tracing your Irish ancestors and all aspects of Genealogy/Irish Family History. This was a great step in promoting herself as a professional Genealogist and her genealogy business.

ACTION:

Elaine talked about using Facebook as a form of marketing. While it may not be practical for you to partner with a magazine, you can still make the most of Facebook. First, do some market research. Search Facebook for groups that cover the topic of your niche. For instance, if you do French Canadian genealogy then search for French Canadian groups. Second, join the groups and get involved. Don’t ask people for business. Instead, provide value. Answer questions, be helpful and share your expertise. It will be the first steps in building relationships with your potential target market.

Direct link to this post: http://www.thegenealogyprofessional.com/elaine-hannon

NEWS

2 upcoming, new Mastermind groups:

A Mastermind is a 12-month group coaching session for genealogy professionals to discuss goals, strategize plans, and for members to get support and encouragement for achieving business success. Marian leads two Mastermind groups which are limited to 10 members each. These groups are most ideal for genealogists who have completed either the ProGen course or the BU Certificate program.

Two new Mastermind groups will be starting in March 2016. You can find information about signing up either on The Genealogy Professional website or on the Marian Pierre-Louis Facebook page.  The cost is $99 per person for the year. Sign up quickly because there are limited spots and no extra groups will be added.

* NEW * Facebook group for The Genealogy Professional podcast:

The new Genealogy Professional (TGP) podcast Facebook group is free and a place to talk about the action items from the show and to ask questions. Join the group by signing up for the mailing list on The Genealogy Professional website.  You’ll receive an invitation via email to join the Facebook group.