Category Archives: England

TGP 48 – Audrey Collins & The UK National Archives

Featured Guest

Audrey Collins

Audrey Collins is a Records Specialist in Family History at The National Archives (TNA) at Kew in England. Audrey Collins worked as a freelance researcher for 15 years before

Audrey Collins. Photo Courtesy of Jill Ball
Photo Courtesy of Jill Ball

joining the staff of The National Archives. In 2001 she was engaged by the Office for National Statistics as their official Census historian for the bicentenary census in that year, and also served on the advisory panel for the 1901 census digitisation project.

Audrey is the author of three titles in the ‘Basic Facts’ series of family history guides, co-wrote The Complete Guide to Tracing Your Family History and has also contributed sections in the Family History Companion, and Census: the expert guide. She regularly gives talks at external events and conferences in the UK, Ireland and the USA. Her research interests include: the history and operation of the General Register Office, Civil Registration and the UK census; Scottish and Irish records in The National Archives; newspapers and periodicals and retail history.

Contact Links

Facebook – Audrey Collins

Twitter – @AudreyCollins23

Other Links   

The National Archives

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

Find out what other genealogists do. Work out what the opportunities are . . . Look for something that not that many people are doing that you know you can do well.”

Recommended Book

The Family Tree Detective: A Manual for Tracing Your Ancestors in England and Wales by Colin D. Rogers

Productivity Tool

Evernote

Advice

“Always go back and look at what you did before.

Action Item

I loved what Audrey had to say about networking. She said she was able to learn how Americans do research and the assumptions they have because of networking with them. And that helps her better serve them when they come to the archives.

Networking is important and it can change how you perceive other genealogists, your clients, and the people who serve you such as librarians and archivists.

ACTION:

I want you to get and do some networking! I’m going to give you two options for this action item.

Your first option is to find a local genealogy society, club or group near you. Find out where and when their next event is and attend, in person.

The second option is to choose someone you know already know (but not too well) and invite them for coffee (or tea as the case may be). This can be done either in person or virtually using a tool like Skype.

Connecting with other genealogists will help you see a different side of the community and it will be fun! So get out there.

Direct link to this post: http://www.thegenealogyprofessional.com/audrey-collins/

NEWS

In News items, I am just back from the APG Professional Management Conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It was one of the best conferences I’ve ever attended. And I so appreciated that it was focused on the professional and business aspects of genealogy.

I’d like to do a followup podcast episode dedicated to the PMC 2016 and I’d like your help! I’d like to hear from attendees, speakers, committee members and board members so that they can share the positive benefits that the conference had on them. This involves recording a short audio clip that can be used in the podcast. I’d like to do the recordings on Tuesday September 27th or Friday, September 30th 2016. If you’d like to participate, send me an email at contact@thegenealogy professional.com Everyone is welcome so don’t be shy!

During the Month of October I will be offering two  webinars.

The first on Thursday October 20th is called “Boosting Facebook Posts and Creating Saved Audiences.” I know what you’re thinking – “I’m never going to need to Boost a post.” Learning to Boost a post on Facebook is actually an important skill that you should have before you need to use it. You might not need to use it for your own business but it would be a great skill that would benefit a society or organization that you volunteer for. And what about those Saved Searches? That’s the most important and critical part. Saved searches allow you to target exactly who you want to reach. Setting them up is easy once you learn how.

The second webinar follows this same theme. Once you’ve create a boosted post you’ll want to track how well it does – and not just with Facebook Insights. The 2nd webinar is called “Tracking Success – Who Really Visits my Blog and Website.” In this webinar we will take a close look at a free tool called utm tracking and how it is used in conjunction with Google Analytics to give you precise details about who is visiting your website, blog or YouTube channel and from where. This is better information than you can get from the insights or analytics built into your website or blog platform. You may be surprised to discover how your audience or followers are really finding you.

The webinars cost $19.99 each. For more details or to sign up, go to www.TheGenealogyProfessional.com

New **SLIG Scholarship for First-Time Institute Attendees*

The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy is pleased to announce that applications for a new SLIG  Scholarship are being accepted.

*Who can apply:  The winning candidate is probably not yet employed in the industry, or working in a related non-research position; are most likely not advanced in their research skills; and might even be self-taught.  Regardless of level of experience, they have a few things in common:  1) they have not yet attended any of the national genealogical institutes; 2) they are ready for a more in-depth learning experience at an intermediate (or above) level; and 3) they would like to attend SLIG. If you fit this description, you are eligible to apply. Successful applicants will receive full tuition toward the course of their choice for SLIG 2017. Visit ugagenealogy.org for more information.

BCG Day

The Board for Certification of Genealogists will be offering a Free Day of Quality Education on October 7th in Salt Lake City. Top genealogists Pamela Boyer Sayre, Elizabeth Shown Mills, Ann Staley, Jeanne Bloom, David McDonald, and Judy Russell will present six one-hour lectures held at the Family History Library between 9 AM and 5 PM. The lectures are free and open to the public. Most will also be broadcast online. You can register for the online webinars by visiting www.familytreewebinars.com/BCG.

Lastly, a shout out to LittleDochy and Love to Research for leaving reviews for the show in iTunes. I really appreciate the time you took to leave the review and let me know you like the show. Thank you!

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TGP 30 Melanie Backe-Hansen – UK House Historian

Featured Guest

Melanie Backe-Hansen

Melanie is an historian, speaker, and writer, who specialises in researching the history of houses, streets, and areas throughout the United Kingdom.  For close to six years Melanie was the first and only historian to be employed by a UK estate agent to research the history of houses and streets. Since 2012 Melanie has been an independent house House Historian Melanie Backe-Hansen on The Genealogy Professional podcasthistorian, completing private house history commissions, as well as consulting for corporate projects and property companies.

Melanie has written two books: Historic Streets and Squares: The Secrets on Your Doorstep and House Histories: The Secrets Behind Your Front Door.

Melanie has written for The [London] Times and regularly contributes to the Homes & Property blog for The Evening Standard, while her house histories have appeared across the national media, including the Financial Times and The Telegraph. She is also a frequent contributor of articles and expert comments in the media, including BBC radio, and is also actively engaged in social media and tweets as @househistorian. Melanie is an honorary teaching fellow at the University of Dundee and tutors a house history module for The Centre for Archive and Information Studies. Melanie is also a regular speaker on the history of houses, including The Ideal Home Show, as well as at the Geffrye Museum in collaboration with School of Geography at Queen Mary, University of London, and in 2013 Melanie spoke at the first Institute of Historical Research conference, ‘Mobilising London’s Housing Histories’.

Contact Links

Melanie Backe-Hansen website

Melanie Backe-Hansen on Twitter – @househistorian

Other Links

Historic Streets and Squares: The Secrets on Your Doorstep

House Histories: The Secrets Behind Your Front Door

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

“Research. Read about what other people do . Get some books out. “

Recommended Book

Tracing the History of Your House: The Building, the People, the Past by Nick Barratt

Productivity Tool


Advice

“Don’t always believe what you read on the internet. Check your sources.”

Action Item

Melanie talked about appearing on different tv shows such as Restoration Home and Restoration Man. The shows weren’t specifically house history shows but her expertise contributed to the story.  She also talked about networking with heritage professionals to create opportunities. You can transfer the same thought process to your business as a genealogy professional.

Are there organizations outside of genealogy but related to your niche that you could partner with? If you specialize in a geographic area then you would want to focus on Heritage and Historic organizations in that area. If you have an ethnic niche think about the different organizations associated with your group. Perhaps they could be music or cultural groups, history groups, language-based groups or something else. You can expand your reach and your business by partnering with other organizations and showing how you can be of value to them.

ACTION:

This week brainstorm a list of organizations that you could possibly partner with and think about how you could provide value to them by sharing your expertise.

Direct Link to this post:

http://www.TheGenealogyProfessional.com/melanie-backe-hansen

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.”