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TGP 53: Melissa Barker – The Archive Lady

Featured Guest

Melissa Barker

Melissa Barker

Melissa Barker is a Certified Archives Manager and Public Historian currently working at the Houston County, Tennessee Archives. She lectures, teaches and writes about the genealogy research process, researching in archives and records preservation. She conducts virtual webinar presentations across the United States for genealogical and historical societies. She writes a popular blog entitled A Genealogist in the Archives and is a well known book Reviews Editor for the FGS Magazine FORUM and Utah Genealogical Association Magazine Crossroads. She writes a bi-weekly advice column entitled The Archive Lady published at Abundant Genealogy. She writes history pieces for her local newspaper The Houston County Herald called From the Archives. Her Professional Genealogy expertise is in Tennessee records and she is currently taking research clients. She has been researching her own family history for the past 30 years.

Contact Links

Website – A Genealogist in the Archives

Facebook – The Archive Lady

Twitter – Melissa Barker

Best Advice Ever Received

“Find out what you love to do and figure our how to make an income at it.”

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

“Watch webinars. They are a great educational tool which you can access right now from your home.”

Recommended Book

Organize Your Genealogy: Strategies and Solutions for Every Researcher by Drew Smith

Advice

“Always remember that not everything is online. You need to contact or visit an archive.”

Action Item

One thing that really struck me was how Melissa created a niche, that worked within her constraints, by promoting herself as a webinar-only speaker. I like the way she bucked convention by not following the traditional speaker path.

ACTION:

For your action item this week I want you to think out of the box the same way Melissa did. In her case, she chose to do webinars-only instead of in-person speaking events. Is there a path you’re not following because of constraints due to a full-time job, family responsibilities, location, cost or something else? Try to think of a way around the problem.  You don’t need to stick to traditional rules with your business. Make it your own and push yourself out of your comfort zone to make it happen.

If you like, head to the TGP Action Group on Facebook and share your obstacles and we’ll see if we can come up with solutions.

News

The Genealogy Professional podcast is now available on Spotify. Search for either Marian Pierre-Louis or genealogy to find it. Don’t forget to follow!

I’m trying to get on a bi-weekly schedule for the podcast. Eventually I’ll settle on an exact release date twice a month. But in the meantime you can expect a new podcast generally every two weeks.

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TGP 52 – An Stofferis, French Genealogy with a Belgian Twist

Featured Guest

An Stofferis

An Stofferis

An Stofferis is an experienced historian and founded International Genealogy Services, which is based in France. She was born in Belgium and studied history at the Catholic University of Leuven specializing in cultural history of the middle ages, modern times, and contemporary history. 

Also at that time, she conducted an extensive genealogical research about the origin of the Belgian scientist Joseph PLATEAU (1801-1883). In March 1996, she was successful in bringing together the different branches of the PLATEAU family to a reunion in Ghent. Her frequent visits to PLATEAU’s descendants resulted in direct access to a very large number of sources for the history of this family. Some sources remained unknown, but gave her the opportunity to uncover new scientific and family data.

In 2010, An Stofferis prepared and presented a biographical article on the decoration painter Antoine PLATEAU (1759-1815) :
A. Bergmans & A. Stofferis, un des meilleurs peintres de fleurs de son temps – Biographie d’Antoine Plateau, dans Een belvedère aan de Schelde. Paviljoen De Notelaer in Hingene (1792-1797), Brussels, 2010, p. 557.

In 2004 An Stofferis obtained her master’s degree in Tourism & Management at the University Antwerp Business School. That same year she moved to France and began working at the Belgian Embassy in Paris. But her passion for history and genealogy was very present. In 2012 she decided to expand her genealogical knowledge by following a course in Historical & Probate Research. 

An Stofferis is fluent in Dutch (native language), French, English and German. Some or all of these languages may be necessary to fulfill a project, as records were created in different languages, depending on the time and the place.

An Stofferis is a member of the Syndicat de généalogistes de France ‘SYGENE’ (http://www.sygene.fr ) and  of the Association of Professional Genealogists (http://www.apgen.org).  An Stofferis has become member of ‘Interpret Europe’ (www.interpret-europe.net). 

Contact Links

Website – International Genealogy Services

Facebook – International Genealogy Services

Twitter – IGS Genealogy

Best Advice Ever Received

“To be honest in your work and in your accountancy. ”

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

To take a risk and if you have a dream to go for it.

Recommended Book

Guider les jeunes sur la piste de leurs ancêtres by Évelyne Duret 

Advice

Don’t give up your dream.

Action Item

An is building her business based on choosing her service (heir research), analyzing her strengths (her familiarity with many foreign languages) and identifying her ideal target clients (law firms on the north coast of France who need both French and Flemish speaking researchers and familiarity with Flemish history and records). By identifying who most needed her unique services she was able to showcase her strengths and make a strong case for getting hired.

ACTION:

For today’s action item, I’d like you to take a stab at doing the same thing. Choose a service, analyze your strengths and identify ideal clients. Your strengths should include qualities or skills that differentiate you from everyone else who does the same service. For instance, many genealogists offer heir research services but not so many researchers in France offer the service along with knowledge of the Flemish language.

Let’s take an example of a genealogist who offers research services in colonial New York. His/her strength could be their ability to read both 17th century English and Dutch handwriting. Who could the potential target clients be?  The obvious answer would be private clients who have New Netherland ancestors. But let’s think beyond that. How about authors who write about New York history, New Netherland history or even simply colonial America. You could also potentially market your services to museums and curators focused on colonial America.

Strengths can be lots of things, from proximity to an in-demand location (think of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City), to a specific skill such as understanding how a surveyor does his job which might be good for interpreting old deeds, or more familiarity with a particular record group than anyone else around.

Put all of this together and see if it helps you look at your business in a new light.

Direct link to this post: https://www.thegenealogyprofessional.com/an-stofferis

TGP 51 – Jennifer Campbell, Personal Historian Services

Featured Guest

Jennifer Campbell

Jennifer Campbell, Heritage Memoirs

Jennifer Campbell founded Heritage Memoirs in 2003 following 25 years as a writer and editor. During her career, she interviewed and wrote profiles of hundreds of people, but did not get any of her own family’s stories before her father died and her mother developed dementia. Recognizing the great and final loss when the histories are not written down, she joined other pioneers in the personal history field and built her company, one story at a time.

Heritage Memoirs and Jennifer Campbell have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Toronto StarMore and Elle magazines, CNN Money, Gannett newspapers (publishers of USA Today), Costco Connection, and Kiplinger’s Retirement Report, among others.

Contact Links

Website – Heritage Memoirs

Best Advice Ever Received

Do what you do best and farm out the rest.

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

Read the book Start and Run a Personal History Business by Jennifer Campbell

Recommended Book

Bringing Your Family History to Life Through Social History by Katherine Scott Sturdevant

Productivity Tool

Computer, digital recorder Edirol R-09 (the current version of this is the Roland R-07), and Mac Family Tree software.

Advice

If you’re an introvert learn how to do self promotion. You can do this by reading the book Quiet by Susan Cain.

Action Item

For your action item this time around let’s focus on PR. This has two parts – you can choose to do one or both.

ACTION:

If you’re an introvert read the book that Jennifer mentioned Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain so that you can become more comfortable promoting yourself.

If you’re not an introvert then give some thought as to how you could possibly make use of some PR. Have you done something recently that would be newsworthy that you can send to a local newspaper? Maybe a project that you have been working on related to a local historical figure. Or maybe you’ve recently earned a credential. If nothing comes to mind then create a plan to do something that could become a newsworthy event.

Direct link to this post: https://www.thegenealogyprofessional.com/jennifer-campbell

TGP 47 – Megan Smolenyak

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.

Direct link to this post: http://www.thegenealogyprofessional.com/megan-smolenyak/

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TGP 46 – Melinde Lutz Byrne

Featured Guest

Melinde Lutz Byrne, CG, FASG

Melinde Lutz Byrne, CG, FASG, is immediate past president of the American Society of Genealogists (elected 1993), and has been credentialed by the Board for Certification of Genealogists since 2010 (no. 1001). Trained as a cultural anthropologist (China, pre-Mao), invertebrate paleontologist, and archivist, she has written over fifty books and numerous Melinde Lutz Byrnearticles. Her specialties have been identifying women’s maiden names and naming the 200 Africans in Massachusetts Bay Colony before 1680. This year is her fortieth as a practicing genealogist.

In 1976 she began research on a Midwestern family with a pattern of twins and triplets. In 1985, after a year as a stringer for Blake and Blake, Genealogists, she coined the term “forensic genealogy” research services. She became interested in forensic cold cases in 1990, took on apprentices, and continued historical work with, among other things, Robert Charles Anderson’s Great Migration Study Project. In 1992 she submitted research to Mary Claire King and Tom Roderick in early mtDNA lineage studies and through 2015 served on the now quiescent genetic genealogy standards committee.

Melinde has been editor of three state journals and president of four societies. She has served as co-chair of NERGC, Genealogy Symposium day for ALA, and a program chair for the Northwest Chapter of American Archivists. She is a graduate of the 2007 NIGR (now Gen-Fed). She teaches forensic genealogy for Boston University and a graduate genealogy practicum for Excelsior College. In 2011 she trained with Betty Pat Gatliff to do forensic facial reconstruction and learn why two artists had created such different images of her 1971 NH Jane Doe. She continues to work with cold case law enforcement on naming the unknown dead.

Currently, Melinde is Program Director for Boston University’s genealogy offerings in their Center for Professional Education; Program Director for Excelsior College’s genealogy offerings in their Center for Professional Development; and co-editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly.

Contact Links

Website – Center for Professional Development at Excelsior College

Website – Boston University Online Genealogical Research Program

Other Links   

New England Historic Genealogical Society

The American Genealogist (TAG)

National Genealogical Society Quarterly

The Great Migration Study Project

Lost Babes: Fornication Abstracts from Court Records, Essex County, Massachusetts, 1692-1745 by Melinde Lutz Byrne

American Society of Genealogists

The Donald Lines Jacobus Award

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

If [you] haven’t already taken a class, I would say take a class. If you have taken a class and you’re not a member of a society, join the society.

Recommended Book

Hannah’s Heirs: The Quest for the Genetic Origins of Alzheimer’s Disease by Daniel A. Pollen

Advice

“Take a class.

Action Item

For our action item today, it’s an easy one. I want you to take a class or a whole course. Don’t just research the possibilities, actually take a class. Before you start protesting, for this reason or that, there are lots of free online classes. If you can listen to this podcast then you have the ability to take a class. At the very least watch a free webinar.  There are lots of free webinars and you can watch them right from your smart phone. Go to the Geneawebinars.com website and you’ll see the full listing of them there.

Direct link to this post: http://www.thegenealogyprofessional.com/melinde-lutz-byrne/

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NEWS

The call for presentations for the 2017 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree has been extended to September 2, 2016. This Call for Presentations pertains to the Jamboree conference, the SCGS Genetic Genealogy conference and the workshops, as well as the 2017 Jamboree Extension Series webinar program. Speakers must submit proposals through the online portal which can be found at http://2017callforpresentations.questionpro.com/

Many people might not know that there is always an open submission for Legacy Family Tree Webinars on their website. The live presentations are scheduled annually at this time of year but proposals are also welcome and considered for recorded member-only presentations. Go to familytreewebinars.com and scroll to the bottom of the front page to find the speaker webinar submission link.

Another Legacy news item – the Board for Certification of Genealogists has formed a partnership with Legacy Family Tree Webinars to host and produce future BCG webinars. Members of Legacy Family Tree Webinars will have access to the BCG recordings. The BCG webinars are held on the third Tuesday of the month when scheduled. The next webinar will be on September 20th and Rick Sayre will present Finding Evidence of Kinship in Military Records.

The APG Professional Management Conference is coming up at the end of September. It will be held at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It’s going to be a terrific professional learning and networking experience. There’s still time sign up. Just head over to http://www.apgen.org/conferences for more information.

During the interview we discussed the genealogy program at Excelsior College. There are new classes both in Genetic Genealogy and the Practicum in Genealogical Research starting on September 6, 2016. The deadline for enrollment is coming up on August 31st.

 

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.

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 Supporters button. And of course, ratings and reviews in both iTunes and Stitcher are always welcome. If you enjoy this free show and would like it to continue please think about taking a minute out of your day to leave a review.

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TGP 40 – Mary Tedesco

Featured Guest

Mary Tedesco

Mary Tedesco - Genealogy Roadshow. Photo courtesy of PBS
Photo courtesy of PBS

Mary Tedesco is a professional genealogist, speaker and author. She is a Host / Genealogist on the PBS TV series “Genealogy Roadshow” (season 2 & season 3) as well as the Founder of ORIGINS ITALY.

Mary speaks fluent Italian and travels often to Italy to conduct client genealogical research and visit family. Mary is the co-author of “Tracing Your Italian Ancestors” an 84-page Italian research guide published by Moorshead Magazines.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Boston University and a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University’s Center for Professional Education.

In addition to her Italian ancestry (Calabria, Trentino-Alto Adige, and Tuscany) on her father’s side, she also has deep American roots (German, Irish, Danish & English) on her mother’s side and is a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Mary is a member of a number of local and national genealogical societies.

Contact Links

Website – ORIGINS ITALY

Facebook – Mary Tedesco

Twitter –  @originsitaly

Instagram – @originsitaly

LinkedIn – Mary Tedesco

Other Links

Genealogy Roadshow

Boston University Center for Professional Education Online Certificate in Genealogical Research

National Genealogy Society Family History Conference

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

“Education, education, education. Sign up for a seminar or a conference tonight.”

Recommended Book

Genealogy as Pastime and Profession by Donald L. Jacobus

Productivity Tool

Excel to sort client and personal data

Advice

“Never give up. Your dreams are achievable. Make big dreams, big goals, and go for it.”

Action Item

One of the most important things that Mary said was to figure out what is unique about you. That is a critical part of owning a business. What separates you from everyone else that provides the same service. If you’re a Massachusetts researcher, what separates you from the next Massachusetts researcher? Is it that you focus on Colonial research? Or perhaps you focus on people with Irish heritage in Massachusetts. Or maybe your specialty is Massachusetts military records. Figure out the thing that makes you unique.

ACTION:

Your action item this week is to figure out what is unique about you. How are you different from everyone else in your broad niche? And then take it a step further by determining how you can communicate that uniqueness either on your website or your professional profile or your social media profiles. Because it won’t do you any good to keep your uniqueness to yourself!

Direct link to this post: http://www.thegenealogyprofessional.com/mary-tedesco/

NEWS

The APG Professional Management Conference
September 22-24, 2016 in Fort Wayne, Indiana at the Allen County Public Library
www.apgen.org/conference

New TGP Class:

Who Really Visits My Blog and Website: A close look at web analytics and tracking
New Date: Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 12pm noon New York time

Webinar Who Really Visits My Blog and Website: A close look at web analytics and tracking

Most of you have heard of Google Analytics. Did you know that you can use Google Analytics to track your Blogger blog and even your YouTube channel? In addition to all the great information that Google Analytics provides you can take it one step further using a tool called utm tracking. It’s free just like Google Analytics and I’m going to show you how to get started and why it’s so powerful to use. And it’s not just for professionals. Anyone with a blog, website or YouTube channel that wants more information about who is visiting their site will be able to make use of this.  This is not a free webinar, the cost is $24.99 but it will take you to the next level. And if you can’t watch it live you can still sign up to get the replay and handout.

 

 

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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.

Direct Link to this post: TGP 39 – Blaine Bettinger, Genetic Genealogy

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.

Direct Link to this post:

http://www.TheGenealogyProfessional.com/alvie-davidson

TGP 20 Cathi Desmarais – Vermont Research

Featured Guest

Cathi Becker Wiest Desmarais, CG

Cathi is a full-time professional genealogist and owner of Stone House Historical Research, established in 2008. In addition to family history research, Cathi works on U.S. Army military repatriation cases, finding next-of-kin and family DNA donors for unrecovered soldiers from past wars. She also locates missing or unknown heirs and beneficiaries for law firms and title insurance companies. Her work has given her broad U.S. and Cathi Desmarais on the Genealogy Professional podcastinternational experience, with a particular emphasis on Ireland, Vermont, and Pennsylvania.

Cathi currently serves as the Vice-President of the Association of Professional Genealogists and as a board member and mentor program coordinator for the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy. Cathi’s writing has been published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Crossroads, The NYG&B Record, and the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly.

Cathi earned an M.S. Ed. from the University of Vermont, and has attended the Forensic Genealogical Institute in Dallas, Texas; the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP); the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research at Samford University; the National Institute on Genealogical Research in Washington, DC; and Boston University’s Genealogical Writing course. She has lectured locally as well as at the GRIP and the Forensic Genealogy Institute.

Contact Links

Stone House Historical Research website

Stone House Research on Facbeook

No Stone Unturned blog

Cathi Desmarais on Twitter – @cathidesmarais

Other Links

Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy

Association of Professional Genealogists

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

Write down your goals. Get them down on paper. Where do you want to be a year from now? And then break down your goals into quarterly, monthly and weekly tasks. Stay open to new possibilities.

Recommended Book

“If you want to improve your writing, I would recommend Getting the Words Right by Theodore Cheney. That was on our bibliography in the writing class taught by Tom Jones and John Colletta a couple of summers ago at Boston University, and it had a big impact on my writing.

I also learn about writing by reading other people’s family history books. I loved Only a Few Bones by John Colletta, The Journey Takers by Leslie Huber, Running Away to Home by Jennifer Wilson, and Annie’s Ghosts by Steve Luxenberg. ”

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“Take your business seriously. Prepare yourself well.”

Action Item

This week we are focusing on the practical. We can start our work week off better if we determine ahead of time what we need to accomplish. Sometimes we start out with the best of intentions. Then somehow our week gets away from us. Our focus this week will be on settings goals and creating to-do lists.  While Cathi talked about setting weekly, monthly and even quarterly goals we are going to focus just on weekly goals.

ACTION:

Make a to-do list for the next 7 days. Prioritize your do-to list in order of importance. You can even separate tasks by days if you like. Print out your to-do list and keep it on the desk next to you or pin it to the wall near your computer.

Next, tackle what you fear most. Whatever is on your list that you want to do least – do that first.  Hold off on accepting, or perhaps just scheduling, new tasks or projects until your existing to-do list is complete. Cross of each item as you finish it to get that sense of accomplishment!

 

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