Category Archives: Client Researcher

TGP 41 – Judy Webster – Queensland Genealogy

Featured Guest

Judy Webster

Judy Webster has been researching her family history since the 1970s. In 1986, at which time she was working as a medical scientist, she began her own part-time business as a professional genealogist.

After being accredited by the Australasian Association of Genealogists and Record Agents, Judy did four years of study to obtain a Graduate Diploma in Local and Applied History Judy Webster 1(University of New England, Armidale NSW). In 2001 she received the Queensland Family History Society‘s Award for Services to Family History. Judy’s speciality is research in original records at Queensland State Archives, with emphasis on unusual sources that are superb for overcoming ‘brick walls’. Her clients include family historians, academic historians, and law firms trying to trace beneficiaries of deceased estates.

Judy’s large Web site has advice on sources and strategies for family history research, and more than 53,000 names of local, interstate and overseas folk mentioned in Archives records. She has published various genealogy guides and indexes, and has given more than one hundred presentations at family history events in Australia and New Zealand, including the Australasian Congress on Genealogy and Heraldry.

Judy is also the founder and coordinator of the ‘Genealogists for Families’ project, which encourages family historians worldwide to help less fortunate families by making micro-loans through Kiva (a non-profit organisation).

Contact Links

Website – www.judywebster.com.au

Blog – Queensland Genealogy

Facebook – Judy Webster – Queensland Genealogy

Twitter – @JudyQld

Other Links   

Queensland State Archives

Tips for Queensland Research by Judy Webster

Specialist Indexes in Australia: A Genealogist’s Guide by Judy Webster

Changedetection.com

Kiva

Kiva Lending Team: Genealogists for Families

“Genealogists for Families Project” blog

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

Find out more about the archives where you plan to do a lot of research. Really, really get to know it well.

Recommended Book

Weevils in the Flour by Wendy Lowenstein

Advice

“Always research the relatives.”

Action Item

Judy mentioned she was concerned that people don’t realize how much information is available in archives that isn’t online. She is absolutely right.  If we all do this action we can start to make a dent in the misperception that all research can be done online.

ACTION:

1) Aanalyze your local archive and discover which materials they have that are not online.

2) Make a list on a page of your website or blog listing all the resources from that archive that are not available online so that the public can have access to it.

Of course, you don’t have to list everything in your local archive that isn’t online! You might just provide broad categories. If you’re at a loss as to where to start, have a chat with the folks at your local archive and ask them! Tell them that you want to write about what they have that is not online. I’m sure they would be happy to point you to those collections. Not only will you be helping the general public learn more about the resources of the archive but even better, you’ll be on your way to developing a working relationship with the staff.

Direct link to this post: http://www.thegenealogyprofessional.com/judy-webster/

NEWS

In genealogy business news, the Association of Professional Genealogists is looking for a managing editor for the APG Quarterly magazine. Check out the publications page on www.apgen.org for more information about the publication.  Interested parties can send cover letters and resumes to admin@apgen.org by July 10th 2016.

In other APG news the annual Professional Management Conference Early Bird deadline is coming up on July 15th. Be sure to register by then so that you can save money off the registration price. Here are just a few of the excellent speakers that will be presenting: Dr. Thomas W. Jones, Mary Penner, Bethany Waterbury, Dr. Michael Lacopo, Melanie Holtz, Michael Hait, Catherine Desmarais, Billie Fogarty and many others. Of course, I’ll be there too.

Aha Seminars has announced a new podcast called “Genealogy Connection” hosted by Drew Smith. Genealogy Connection will present interviews with genealogical speakers, authors, librarians and archivists, database service providers, software and technology developers, and other leaders in the community. The first episode debuts on June 27, 2016. Genealogy Connection will use the same feed as The Genealogy Guys Podcast so if you are already subscribed to that you will automatically get the episodes which will run in alternating weeks from the Genealogy Guys. Congratulations to Drew on that new project.

Lastly I want to mention a new Facebook group of genealogy business people called the Genealogy Business Alliance. This group is primarily for businesses that exhibit in the vendor halls at genealogy conferences. They are working on developing best practices that will meet the needs of both exhibitors and conference organizers. If that is of interest to you, search for Genealogy Business Alliance on Facebook.

 

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.

 

 

Mary Tedesco, TGP 40

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.

 

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!

Direct link to this post: http://www.thegenealogyprofessional.com/harold-henderson

Last chance to sign up this January Workshop! Two dates available.

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iSetting Business & Marketing Goals 2015 Workshop Setting Business & Marketing Goals 2015 Workshop
Friday, January 23, 2015 Saturday, January 23, 2015

 

 

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

 

 

TGP 34 – Ursula Krause of Rootseekers

Featured Guest

Ursula Krause

Raised in the tradition of story telling, a custom which has been cultivated in her family for centuries, Ursula Krause began to become interested in the history of her ancestors as a child.

Ursula Krause on the Genealogy Professional podcast
photo by Matthew White

Influenced by the emigration of her great-great-great-grandfather and her own long stays in the USA and Sweden, she has intensely studied and investigated the subject of emigration. As a result, she put the story of her family to paper, as seen from a socio-historical and psychological perspective.

Little by little she began to research and document the stories of other emigrant families. They are stories that give descendants and family members a picture of the country where their roots lie.

Ursula is based in Berlin, Germany and is the owner of Rootseekers, a business that recreates ancestral stories for people of German descent.

Contact Links

Facebook – Rootseekers

Twitter – Ursula Krause @Rootseekers

Rootseekers Website

Other Links

Article featuring Ursula Krause in RecordClick: “Genealogy Storytelling and Story Writing – Once Upon a Time in Germany. . .

Article on Historical Maps

Article: An Underestimated Village Chronicle

The Upside Down Book website

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

You will know when the time is right to start your business. It will come to you.

Recommended Book

German-English Genealogical Dictionary by Ernest Thode

Productivity Tool

Excel Spreadsheets

Advice

Focus on tracking statistics of where your customers come from.”

Action Item

It’s the New Year! We need to stop and take a moment think about our goals for 2015 and come up with a plan to achieve them.

ACTION:

This week’s action item is simple. Write down your goals for 2015.  Don’t leave them in your head! Write them down and post them on the wall near your computer or where ever you spend most of your time. Look at your goals each day, figure out how you are going to achieve them, and work toward them a little bit every day.

Direct link to this post: http://www.thegenealogyprofessional.com/ursula-krause

Two Workshops Coming up in January!

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iSetting Business & Marketing Goals 2015 Workshop Setting Business & Marketing Goals 2015 Workshop
Friday, January 23, 2015 Saturday, January 23, 2015

 

Ursula Krause on the Genealogy Professional podcast

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 25 Yvette Hoitink – Dutch Genealogy

Featured Guest

Yvette Hoitink

Yvette Hoitink is a professional genealogist in the Netherlands. Her company, Dutch Genealogy Services, specializes in helping people from all over the world find their ancestors in the Netherlands. Most of her clients are descendants of emigrants who left the Netherlands in the 19th and 20th century but she also helps people find their New Netherland roots. Her services include doing research, interpreting documents for English-Yvette Hoitink - Dutch Genealogy on the Genealogy Professional podcastspeaking clients, preparing visits to places of origin for clients and giving lectures.

Genealogy has been her favorite pursuit for over twenty years. Yvette started doing genealogy in 1991, when she was just 15 years old. Two years later, she created the first genealogical website in the Netherlands (probably one of the earliest in the world). This got her in touch with descendants of Dutch emigrants all over the world, which made her realize how many people were searching for their Dutch roots.

Yvette studied Computer Science and Management Studies at the University of Twente in Enschede, the Netherlands. For ten years, she and her partner ran an IT company that specialized in consultancy and custom software for cultural heritage organizations, working for archives and libraries throughout the country. Since 2006, Yvette has worked for the Nationaal Archief, the National Archives of the Netherlands, where she currently works part-time as a project manager in the IT department. Through her own company and her job at the National Archives, Yvette has been involved in the development of the largest genealogical websites in the Netherlands so she has been a genealogy professional for over fifteen years. She started taking clients two years ago.

Yvette Hoitink writes about Dutch Genealogy on her blog (in English) and her weekly newsletter and has a column in Gen, the quarterly magazine of the Centraal Bureau voor Genealogie [Central Bureau for Genealogy, the largest genealogical repository in the Netherlands]. Together with Jeroen van Luin, she wrote Internet bij Stamboomonderzoek, a successful book about internet genealogy. She also gives lectures in Dutch and English about topics such as Dutch genealogy, 19th century emigration, internet genealogy and local history.

Contact Links

Dutch Genealogy Services website

Dutch Genealogy Blog

Dutch Genealogy on Facebook

Yvette Hoitink on Twitter – @DutchGen

Other Links

Roberta Estes Blog – DNA Explained

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

“Treat yourself like your first client and create research plans, create research reports and pretend.”

Recommended Book

Dutch Roots by Rob van Drie  (2012) Kindle Edition

Productivity Tool

Trello – Organization tool

Advice

“You may think you know your stuff and you may think your an awesome genealogist and you probably are but you’ll grow so much if you start taking on clients. Just working on other people’s projects is going to open your mind to new ideas. “

Action Item

Yvette Hoitink talked about how she had researched her father’s entire village and how many of the residents had emigrated to America.  She has put all the information online for free on her website. Not only does it provide valuable information for people looking for details on that village but it also drives people searching for Dutch ancestors to her website.  While they are there they learn that Yvette is a genealogy professional who can help them with their research.

ACTION:

Providing valuable free content on your website is a great way to attract new visitors to your site.  For this week’s action item think about what valuable information you can provide for free to drive people to your website. Perhaps you are an expert in an ethnic genealogy group or in a geographic area (like Yvette). Can you provide content on your website that would be valuable to a first time visitor and would also demonstrate your expertise?

Your action item for this week is to think of some valuable information related to your niche that your can share on your website which new visitors will find via search engines. If you are feeling very ambitious go ahead and put it on your site and then wait a month or so to see what kind of results you get. Make sure that people can easily see that you provide research services on the same topic!

Direct Link to this post:

http://www.TheGenealogyProfessional.com/yvette-hoitink

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?

Direct Link to this post:

http://www.TheGenealogyProfessional.com/kathleen-brandt

TGP 21 Jane Wilcox – New York Research

Featured Guest

Jane E. Wilcox

Jane E. Wilcox is a genealogical researcher, writer, editor, lecturer, and radio show host, with more than forty years of genealogy experience. She owns Forget-Me-Not Ancestry in Kingston, N.Y. and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B) Education Committee.
Jane hosts The Forget-Me-Not Hour: Your Ancestors Want Their Stories to Be Told radio show on the internet at www.BlogTalkRadio.com/JaneEWilcox (and formerly on WHVW 950 Jane E. Wilcox on the Genealogy Professional podcastAM radio in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) and is author of the forthcoming family biography, From England to America: The Odyssey of the William and Margaret Wilcockson Family. She has consulted for the producers of the hit TV show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation for a genealogy mystery TV pilot.

Jane holds an M.S. degree in journalism from Northwestern University, a B.A. degree in English literature and in history, with an emphasis in Colonial American history, from the University of Michigan, and a Teacher’s Certification from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. As a historian, journalist and teacher, Jane brings historical context to all of her work and enjoys sharing her knowledge with her clients and audiences.

Fascinated with genealogy and history since she was a child, Jane learned genealogy on the lap of her grandmother, a national genealogical records chairman for the Daughters of the American Revolution. Through her research, she has come to believe that the ancestors want their stories to be told.

Contact Links

Website for Jane Wilcox

Jane Wilcox on Facebook

Jane Wilcox on Twitter – @janeewilcox

Other Links

Association of Professional Genealogists

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

“Join the Association of Professional Genealogists and take advantage of what they have to offer.”

Recommended Book

Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker

Productivity Tool

Using tables in MS Word for client reports

Advice

“Don’t try to be like everyone else. Find your unique niche and use your unique skills and let people know what you have to offer. “

Action Item

This week we switch from talking about to-do lists to focusing on discipline.  Discipline is forcing yourself to do something you don’t want to do but will be beneficial for you to do. It doesn’t necessarily have to do with your job at all unless of course you need to start working fewer hours. But the overall benefit should improve your day and every aspect of your life. I gave the examples of committing to exercising and making the beds before starting work each morning.

ACTION:

Think of two areas in your life that could use a little more discipline. Figure out how you are going to incorporate these two new commitments into your life.  Keep it simple and try to make it as easy as possible for you to succeed.

Direct Link to this post:

http://www.TheGenealogyProfessional.com/jane-wilcox

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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