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Featured Guest

Megan Smolenyak

Megan Smolenyak2 is a real life history detective who loves to solve mysteries. You might Megan Smolenyakhave spotted Megan or her handiwork on Top Chef, Who Do You Think You Are?, Finding Your Roots, Faces of America, Good Morning America, the Today Show, The Early Show, CNN, PBS and NPR.

Her news-making discoveries include uncovering Michelle Obama’s family tree, revealing the true story of Annie Moore, the first immigrant through Ellis Island, and tracing Barack Obama’s roots to Moneygall, Ireland. Formerly Chief Family Historian for Ancestry.com, she also founded Unclaimed Persons.

Megan is the author of 6 books, including Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing and Who Do You Think You Are? (companion to the TV series), and conducts forensic research for the Army, BIA, coroners, NCIS and the FBI.

Contact Links

Websites – Megan Smolenyak and Honoring Our Ancestors

Facebook – Megan Smolenyak

Twitter – @megansmolenyak

Pinterest – Megan Smolenyak

Other Links   

Unclaimed Persons

Seton Shields Genealogy Grant

Megan Smolenyak at The Huffington Post

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

I got myself a virtual assistant right out of the gate . . . Even if you don’t think you’re ready for one yet, explore the possibility.

Recommended Book

Take Time for Your Life by Cheryl Richardson

Productivity Tool

Timehop

Advice

“In terms of genealogical careers, do what excites you.

Action Item

For your action item today I want you to think about where your career is going to be in 5 or 10 years. What will the world of genealogy look like then? How would your services change if all records were online? Or if all genealogy clients asked for DNA interpretation along with their researched family tree? What if the main demand was for heir research or perhaps mineral rights?  What other directions might genealogy go in that might not be obvious now? Also, think about your interests and your passions. If you research, for example, colonial Pennsylvania, what can you do to ensure that your business will continue to grow and make use of new technology? Can you harness photos or videos to find a new way to share the results of the research you’ve done? Or perhaps can you find new ways to work with professionals from other disciplines such as archeologists, biographers, or k-12 text book writers.

So what I’m suggesting is that you take a morning or evening walk and allow your mind to consider the future, your future. Think about it now so you can be ready to create it for yourself or to grab opportunity when it comes.

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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 36 – Harold Henderson on Writing

Featured Guest

Harold Henderson, CG

Harold Henderson,CG(sm) has been a professional writer since 1979, a professional genealogist since 2009, and a board-certified genealogist since June 2012. He lives and works in northwest Indiana and at midwestroots.net, with a focus on northern Indiana, southwestern Michigan, and northeastern Illinois (plus feeder states including Ohio, Harold Henderson on the Genealogy Professional podcastPennsylvania, and New York).

He serves as a board member of the Association of Professional Genealogists where he chairs the APG Quarterly advisory committee. He moderates the on-line Transitional Genealogists Forum.

He is the author of Finding Ancestors in Fort Wayne and In Court In LaPorte, an every-name index to the earliest (1830s) court records of La Porte County, Indiana. He has published articles in American Ancestors Journal (annual supplement to the New England Historical and Genealogical Register), the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, the APG Quarterly, Archives.com’s late lamented expert series, and state publications in Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. He blogs at http://midwesternmicrohistory.blogspot.com. At any given time he would probably rather be reading a grantor index.

Contact Links

Harold Henderson on Twitter – @Midwest Roots

Harold Henderson on Google+

Midwestern Microhistory: A Genealogy Blog

Midwest Roots website

Other Links

Midwestern Microhistory: A Genealogy Blog article: “What I would have liked to know as a newbie

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

Join APG, do the Pro-Gen Study Group, and do a gut check to see how much you love doing genealogy for other people

Recommended Book

Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877 by Eric Foner

American Colonies: The Settling of North America, Vol. 1 by Alan Taylor

The Birth of the Republic, 1763-89, Fourth Edition by Edmund Morgan

Applied Genealogy by Eugene Aubrey Stratton

North Carolina Research: Genealogy and Local History by Helen Leary

Mastering Genealogical Proof by Dr. Thomas W. Jones

Productivity Tool

“The important application is the application of  the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair”

Advice

When you write, either write in the creative mode and just do it and get it on paper and then write in the editorial mode where you are thinking about grammar and sentence structure. Do them both but do them separately. Don’t give yourself writer’s block.

Action Item

We need to get better as genealogists at giving and receiving feedback. This will make us better genealogists because it will teach us to correct our mistakes and to strive to do better work.

ACTION:

Pair off with another genealogist – whether it is someone from Facebook, your local genealogical society or local library. Write up some up your genealogy according to the BCG Genealogical Standards Manual. Share your genealogy with the other person. Review what your partner has given you and then provide feedback. First, let your partner know what they have done right and then give them suggestions for how they can improve. Just going through this exercise will make you a better genealogist because you will be more comfortable sharing your work with another person. Good luck!

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Harold Henderson on the Genealogy Professional podcast / http://www.thegenealogyprofessional.com/harold-henderson/

 

 

TGP 35 – Pat Richley-Erickson aka Dear Myrtle

Featured Guest

Pat Richley-Erickson aka Dear Myrtle

DearMYRTLE is the nom de plume of Pat Richley-Erickson, author of the award-winning DearMYRTLE Genealogy Blog, consistently among the top 5 family history blogs Dear Myrtle on the Genealogy Professional podcastinternationally, where her focus is on beginning genealogy topics.

A speaker at regional and national conferences including several livestreamed videocasts at RootsTech2011, 2012 and 2013, Ol’ Myrt and her team presented two G+ Hangout on Air workshops at RootsTech 2014 where she will again serve as an Official RootsTech Blogger.

DearMYRTLE is a co-founder of the Genea-Quilters group on Facebook, and founder of www.GeneaWebinars.com, a centralized calendar and blog for all known genealogy webinar hosts and virtual presenters. Have fun watching Myrt LIVE on “Mondays with Myrt” on DearMYRTLE’s YouTube Channel and Google+ Community.

Online since 1985 in membership development with Q-Link’s Your Family Tree and later on the leadership team of AOL’s Golden Gate Genealogy Forum, Pat is a retired post-secondary computer instructor.  She and her husband live in Salt Lake City, Utah, just a stone’s throw from the Family History Library.

Contact LinksDear Myrtle on the Genealogy Professional podcast

Dear Myrtle Group on Facebook

Dear Myrtle on Twitter – @DearMyrtle

Dear Myrtle on Google+

Dear Myrtle Google+ Community

Dear Myrtle YouTube Channel

Dear Myrtle Website

Other Links

 GeneaWebinars

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

Take up hang gliding. In other words, do something completely different, not involving genealogy and use the other side of your brain.

Recommended Book

Seth Godin’s blog

Facebook: Technology for Genealogy group

Anything Elizabeth Shown Mills:  www.EvidenceExplained.com

Mastering Genealogical Proof by Dr. Thomas W. Jones

Productivity Tool

Cozi – a calendar sharing app

Advice

Be yourself. Don’t try to be anyone else. Figure out what is comfortable for you. That is your niche.

Action Item

Dear Myrtle is all about exploring technology and trying new things that will help us learn to do better genealogy and to find tools to help us do it easier. With that in mind let’s make it our goal to try something different this week.

ACTION:

For those of you who have never tried Google+ before your task is to head over to Google+ and to set up an account.  If you already have a gmail account then this will happen with the click of a button. If you don’t have a gmail account then you will need to get one to have a Google+ account (you don’t actually have to use it for email).

Once you are on Google+ then put Dear Myrtle and myself in a “circle” (ie follow us).  Search for your genealogy colleagues and friends and add them to a circle as well. Next, head over to the Dear Myrtle Community and see what that is all about.  Top it off by participating in a Hangout on Air such as Monday’s with Myrt. Google+ is a tremendous resource for genealogy professionals. You’re missing out if you’re not taking advantage of it. At least take the time to see what it’s all about.

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TGP 33 – Cyndi Ingle of Cyndi’s List

Featured Guest

Cyndi Ingle

Cyndi is the creator, owner and “webmaster” of the award-winning web site Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet, www.CyndisList.com, a categorized index to more than 330,000 online resources. In its first three years, Cyndi’s List was three times voted the best genealogy site on the World Wide Web. It helps millions of visitors worldwide each month and has been featured in the media and diverse publications, including ABC News, NBC Cyndi Ingle on The Genealogy Professional PodcastNews, USA Today, Time, Newsweek, Parade Magazine, Wired, Family Tree Magazine, Family Chronicle, and Internet Genealogy magazines. Cyndi has been interviewed for many television and radio broadcasts including ABC News, NBC News, the BBC, and National Public Radio. She has also participated in the Ancestors II television series on PBS.

Cyndi, a genealogist for more than 34 years, is a past-member of the board of directors for the National Genealogical Society. Cyndi is an internationally known guest lecturer for various genealogical society meetings and seminars (http://www.CyndisList.com/speaking-calendar/). She has lectured for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, GENTECH, Brigham Young University, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the National Genealogical Society, the Washington Library Association, the Florida Library Association, the American Library Association and numerous local genealogical societies in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Cyndi has authored numerous articles and three books.

Before her life on the Internet, Cyndi worked as an international banker specializing in foreign exchange and computer networks. Cyndi, her son, Evan, and three Boston Terriers live in Edgewood, Washington.

Contact Links

Facebook – Cyndi’s List

Twitter – https://twitter.com/CyndisList @CyndisList

Google+ – Cyndi’s List

Cyndi’s List

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

Sign up for conferences and seminars. Take care of education always.

Recommended Book

 Professional Genealogy edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills

Mastering Genealogical Proof by Dr. Thomas W. Jones

Productivity Tool

Evernote – Organizational Software

Advice

Know your audience, understand who it is you are trying to reach,  and focus on your content and I think if you do that rather than focusing on the business and marketing end of it I think you’ll be a lot more successful.

Action Item

Take Cyndi’s lead and cut down on the number of emails received in your inbox by answering the most often repeated questions on your website.

ACTION:

Think about the common questions that you are asked that are often repeated. These can relate to your contracts, billing, project focus, expertise or anything related to your business. Make a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section on your website and watch those repeated questions disappear from your inbox!

Webinar Available

Targeting and Finding New Genealogy Clients webinar with Marian Pierre-LouisThe webinar “Targeting and Finding New Genealogy Clients” is now available for download. More information about that is available here.

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TGP 31 Alvie Davidson – Private Investigator

Featured Guest

Alvie Davidson, CG

Alvie L. Davidson retired from Naval Intelligence in the U.S. Naval Reserve
after 22 years of service. Since then he has been a Florida state licensed
private investigator, specializing in missing persons and genealogical
applications of investigations. He is the past District Director of the
Florida Association of Licensed Investigators and recognized by the Circuit
Court of numerous Florida counties as an expert in the field of ProbateAlvie Davidson on The Genealogy Professional podcast
Investigation.

Alvie is certified as a CG (Certified Genealogist) by the Board for Certification of Genealogists, Washington, DC.

He is an alumni of the National Institute on Genealogical Research, Washington, DC (1998); and the Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama (1999 and 2000). He is the founder (1981) and President of the Imperial Polk Genealogical Society, Lakeland, Florida.

Currently on the teaching alumni of Samford University’s IGHR for classes
each year.

Alvie is author of “Florida Land – Records of the Tallahassee and
Newnansville Federal Land Office 1826-1892″ (Heritage Books,
Bowie, MD 1988) and has published articles in The Genealogical Helper.
He has lived most of his adult life in Central Florida. Additional information can
be found at http://www.floridadetective.net.

He joined the Lakeland Chapter SAR in March of 1998 and was elected to the
position of Registrar and has held that office since that time. He has served as
President of the Lakeland Chapter SAR . Awarded the Kendall medal for
the 3rd highest number of members inducted into a chapter in the United
States.

Alvie has served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional
Genealogists (APG) for a 10 years as a director.

 

Contact Links

Florida Detective website

Other Links

Florida Department of Agriculture – Private Investor license

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

“Find somewhere where you can get some confidence. Self confidence is a key to success “

Recommended Book

 Professional Genealogy edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills

The Source edited by Loretto Szucs

Productivity Tool

iPhone

Drop Box – Tool for sharing large files

Advice

“If you want to become a professional genealogist, set your sights high and go for it. Get a good education and go to as many conferences as you can afford. “

Action Item

Alvie talked about the importance of investing in your own business. That can take the form of buying equipment or it can be spending money on education and conferences. Either way you need to keep pushing yourself forward so that your business can succeed.

ACTION:

This week think about some areas where you could re-invest in your own business.  Is there a task that you do that could be done more quickly if you have the right equipment?. Would having a smart phone or tablet help you be more productive? Are you investing in your own education? Make a list of 5 items where you could or should be investing in your business. Then think about a plan to figure how to you are going to make it happen.

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TGP 29 Lisa Louise Cooke – Genealogy Gems

Featured Guest

Lisa Louise Cooke

Lisa Louise Cooke is the owner of Genealogy Gems, a genealogy and family history multi-media company. She is producer and host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, the popular online genealogy audio show (downloaded over 1.5 million times!), as well as the Family History: Genealogy Made Easy podcast. Both podcasts are available at www.GenealogyGems.com, in iTunes, and through the Genealogy Gems app. Her podcasts Lisa Louise Cooke on the Genealogy Professional podcastepisodes bring genealogy news, research strategies, expert interviews and inspiration to genealogists in over 75 countries.

Lisa is the author of a variety of multi-media materials available to Genealogy Gems Premium Members, and the books Turn Your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse, How to Find Your Family History in Newspapers, The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox, and Genealogy Gems. Her most recent publication is the wildly popular Evernote for Genealogists quick reference guide. In addition, she’s the producer of the video series Google Earth for Genealogy and over 70 videos at the Genealogy Gems YouTube Channel.

In addition to Genealogy Gems, Lisa produces and hosts The Family Tree Magazine Podcast, regularly writes for the magazine, and is an instructor and curriculum developer for Family Tree University.

Lisa’s offerings are not limited to online. She is a sought after international and keynote genealogy speaker having regularly appeared at Who Do You Think You Are? Live in London and RootsTech in Salt Lake City.

Whether in person or online, Lisa strives to dig through the myriad of genealogy news, questions and resources to deliver the gems that can unlock audience’s family history treasure trove!

Contact Links

Lisa Louise Cooke website

Genealogy Gems on Facebook

Lisa Louise Cooke on Twitter – @LisaCooke

Lisa Louise Cooke’s YouTube Channel

Other Links

The Socks to America video (YouTube)

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

“Start now. Do something. Don’t do nothing.”

Recommended Book

The Martha 10 Essentials for Achieving Success as you Start, Build, or Manage your Business by Martha Stewart

Productivity Tool

Evernote – Organiztional Software

Advice

“Do something. Don’t be afraid to fail “

Action Item

Lisa mentioned that all experiences are a training ground for what comes next. That’s a very positive way of saying that all of our life’s experiences accumulate and are useful to leading us to and helping us in our current position. Let’s take a look at our invdividual experiences this week and draw on our own strengths.

ACTION:

Make a list of all the positions or jobs you’ve held in the past whether professional or volunteer. Consider all the skills you’ve acquired and your strengths in completing those roles. Now think about your current position as a genealogy (or soon-to-be) professional. Are you maximizing all of your strengths that you’ve learned over the years?  Think of ways that you can incorporate your strengths and the uniqueness created by the sum of your experiences to encourage you to be the best genealogy professional that you can be.

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TGP 28 Ron Arons – Black Sheep Genealogy

Featured Guest

Ron Arons

Born in New York, Ron Arons was reared a goodie-two-shoes. Aside from four moving violations (including a “California” roll through a stop sign, doing 40 MPH in a 30 MPH zone, and driving with his brights on), Arons has never been afoul of the law.

Ron worked for many years as a marketer at many high-tech companies, including Texas Instruments, Ashton-Tate, and Sybase, before deciding to work full time on his book. Ron Ron Arons on The Genealogy Professional podcastbecame interested in understanding his roots after he lost both his parents to cancer 16-18 years ago. In the process of researching his criminal ancestor’s past, Ron has traced his roots to England, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, Belarus, and Lithuania.

In 2005 Ron won a Hackman Research Residency Award from the New York State Archives to continue his research of New York Jewish criminals.

In January, 2008, Ron appeared on the PBS television series, The Jewish Americans, as the acknowledged expert on Jewish criminals of New York’s Lower East Side.

Arons tours the country giving educational and entertaining presentations on Jewish criminals and Jewish genealogy. Ron earned a B.S. in Engineering from Princeton University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

He is the author of three books:

Contact Links

Ron Arons website

Ron Arons on Facebook

Ron Arons on Twitter – @RonArons

Other Links

The International Association of Jewish Genealogy Societies (IAJGS)

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

“Follow your passion. Find out what you’re good at. What you’re passionate about.”

Recommended Book

The Honest Truth About Dishonesty:  How We Lie to Everyone-Especially Ourselves by Dan Ariely

Productivity Tool

Mind Mapping Tools

Advice

“Find your passion and just do it!”

Action Item

Staying current with productivity and problem solving tools is an important part of professional development. The concept of mind mapping is probably new to many of us. Let’s take some time this week to learn about this new tool and explore how it can help us in our work.

ACTION:

Explore the Freemind and Xmind links above. They are free online mind mapping tools. Spend some time getting to know what mind mapping is and discover how it can help you in your work.  Leave a comment below and let us know what you think of it!

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TGP 26 Thomas MacEntee – The Genealogy Ninja

Featured Guest

Thomas MacEntee

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get, Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, marketer, network builder and more.
Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started building his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He Thomas MacEntee, Genealogy Ninja, on the Genealogy Professional podcastalso created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.”

Thomas is a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics and I’ve finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. He believes in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.

He sees things differently than most in the genealogy field; He is almost never content with the status quo. That doesn’t mean he chases after change just for the sake of change; but when he sees an opportunity to improve something and to bring more people into the genealogy sphere, that’s where you’ll find him.

Contact Links

The Geneabloggers website

High Definition Genealogy

Hack Genealogy

Thomas MacEntee on Twitter – @tmacentee

Other Links

Adventures in Genealogy Education blog by Angela Packer-McGhie

 Hubspot blog

MakeUseOf.com

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

“Check out the great educational opportunities that you can find on the Adventures in Genealogy Education blog.”

Recommended Book

The Power of Unpopular by Erika Napoletano

Show Your Work by Austin Kleon

Steal like an Artist by Austin Kleon

Productivity Tool

Excel Project Management spreadsheet available at Hack Genealogy (there’s a video to help you get started).

Advice

“Do a lot of reading and vary your reading lists.”

Action Item

Thomas MacEntee’s career benefits from his habit of seeking expert sources of information for the topics he follows so he can keep up on the latest developments. He then curates and shares the cream of the crop with the genealogy community so that we all benefit. Our own businesses could benefit from seeking out information from outside experts in areas where we need more knowledge, know-how or expertise.

ACTION:

Choose an area of your business where your knowledge of a subject or skill is weaker than you would like. That could be social media, website design, using mailing lists, filing taxes, or any area where you could use more help.  Then spend some time on the internet searching for experts on blogs, websites, YouTube videos or podcasts in iTunes or Stitcher.  Find some reputable sources and then spend some time diving into the topic. Better yet, add a new folder to your RSS Reader and start following some of the sources so that you can keep up-to-date on a regular basis.  If you find some great sources, share them in the comments.

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TGP 23 Kathleen Brandt – Military Research

Featured Guest

Kathleen Brandt

Kathleen Brandt is a Professional International Genealogist and Consultant and is a published freelance writer for genealogy magazines and columns. She is the author of the Kathleen Brandt on the Genealogy Professional podcasta3Genealogy educational and skill building blog that explores various cultural and ethnic folk life, traditions, history, and genealogy research tips.

Utilizing twenty years of experience as an international corporate executive and five years of teaching college level Spanish, French and English writing courses, Kathleen offers workshops and lectures, and is a consultant for various international corporations, colleges and universities conducting historical, cultural, and genealogical projects. She has also researched for television episodes of NBC and TLC: Who Do You Think You Are?; and appeared in 2011 presenting to actor and singer Tim McGraw. Her work and research may also be seen on the Chris O’Donnell, Reba McEntire and Ashley Judd episodes, as well as on The History Channel: How the States Got Their Shape, and PBS: Finding Your Roots. She most recently appeared on CCTV America: Asia America Biz.

Her complete Experience / Qualifications CV may be reviewed at the a3Genealogy.com website

Contact Links

a3Genealogy.com website

a3Genealogy on Facebook

Kathleen Brandt on Twitter – @a3Genealogy

Other Links

Association of Professional Genealogists

The Federation of Genealogical Societies

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

“Write a complete business plan with your financial goals”

Recommended Book

 Professional Genealogy edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills

WWI and WWII books by Shelby Stanton

Productivity Tool

Drop Box, Evernote, Google Drive and Hootsuite

Advice

“Most businesses aren’t lucrative, not because the person doesn’t know their craft, we normally do, but because they fail to attend to their business affairs. I encourage everyone to write a business plan.”

Action Item

This week let’s focus on what’s unique about your business and your services. What do you do that separates you from other genealogy professionals? Secondly, what separates you from other professionals in your niche?

ACTION:

Make a list of two to four items that makes you and your business unique within the genealogical community. Next make another list that demonstrates how you are different from others within in your niche. Now look at your how you are projecting your business on the internet and in your business materials.  Does your current visual presence reflect your unique qualities?

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