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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 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.

Direct Link to this post:

http://www.TheGenealogyProfessional.com/cyndi-ingle

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.

Direct Link to this post:

http://www.TheGenealogyProfessional.com/lisa-louise-cooke

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!

Direct Link to this post:

http://www.TheGenealogyProfessional.com/ron-arons

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 24 Helen Smith – Medical Research & Genealogy

Featured Guest

Helen V. Smith

Helen has been researching her family since 1986 when her mother lamented the fact she had never known her grandfather, George Howard Busby. Helen found some information and a newspaper photo of him, was hooked and has been addicted ever since with research in Australia, England, Wales and Ireland.

She is researching the surname Quested anywhere, anytime and has registered the name with the Guild of One-Name Studies.Helen V. Smith on the Genealogy Professional podcast

She is the author of Death Certificates and Archaic Medical Terms and has written for a number of publications including Inside History, Australian Family Tree Connections, Forgotten Times, family history journals as well as scientific publications.

Helen has spoken to a wide variety of audiences nationally (every state/territory in Australia) and internationally at Who Do You Think You Are? Live London, New Zealand Family History Fair, on four Unlock the Past Cruises, and will be speaking at the “Harvest Your Family Tree” Conference, Kelowna, BC, Canada.in 2014.

Helen is President of Southern Suburbs Branch of the Genealogical Society of Queensland.
Currently Helen is a part-time professional with lecturing, writing, client research in Queensland, health histories and a part-time position in conference organising with Unlock the Past Genealogy and History cruises . Professionally in her day job, she is a Molecular Epidemiologist specializing in Public Health Microbiology and has a strong interest in infectious diseases and Public Health through the ages.

She has a Graduate Diploma in Public Health, Bachelor Applied Science: Medical Laboratory Science and Associate Diploma in Clinical Laboratory Techniques and is currently studying the National Institute of Genealogical Studies: English Certificate and the Professional Development Certificate.

Contact Links

Blogs by Helen Smith

Helen Smith on Facebook

Helen Smith on Google+

Helen Smith on Twitter – @HVSresearch

Other Links

Unlock the Past Cruises

Gould Genealogy

Guild of One-Name Studies

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

“Educate themselves about professional genealogy by buying and reading the book Professional Genealogy edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills.”

Recommended Book

Health and Disease in Australia: A History by J.H.L. Cumpston (1928)

A history of health & medicine in Queensland, 1824-1960 by Patrick, Ross (1987)
available as a PDF

Productivity Tool

Drop Box  – file sharing/storage service

Skype – free voice and video communication

Dragon Dictate – computerized voice dictation

Advice

“Education is never wasted. Invest in yourself. Never stop educating yourself. “

Action Item

Helen Smith talked about how “selling herself” ie. promoting herself to build a following was hard and not natural. This is a difficult action for many people to take yet it is important to building your career.  This week we’ll take a first step toward understanding what it means to build a reputation and an audience.

ACTION:

To get started with promoting yourself as a genealogy professional, this week we’ll take a look at those who have been successful at the task. Choose a highly visible professoinal (perhaps Thomas MacEntee, Judy Russell, Lisa Louise Cooke or Chris Paton) and then explore how these people make themselves visible as genealogy professionals.

Do they have:

  • a website
  • a blog
  • a social media presence (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, etc)

Do they do:

  • Public speaking
  • Write articles

Make note and learn how they have positioned themselves for success by using promotion as a tool.  Think about which aspects of promotion you would feel comfortable adopting.

 

Direct Link to this post:

http://www.TheGenealogyProfessional.com/helen-smith

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 19 Eileen O’Duill – Probate Research

Featured Guest

Eileen Ó Dúill

Eileen Ó Dúill, has been a professional Irish genealogist since 1990, specializing in legal and probate genealogical research. She is currently the only Certified Genealogist in Ireland. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and served on the board of the as the International Trustee for Britain and Ireland (2007-2012).Eileen O'Duill - Heirs Ireland on The Genealogy Professional podcast

Eileen has lectured at national and international conferences in the US, Ireland, Canada and the U.K. from 1999 to 2014 and co-presented a webinar on Irish genealogical research for Ancestry.com. She was a course tutor and lecturer on the Diploma in Family History (Genealogy) at the Independent College, Dublin and currently teaches on the summer school programme at University College Cork. She has been admitted as an expert witness in the Surrogate Courts in 6 counties of New York.

Eileen was able to turn a lifelong hobby into a business providing a professional genealogical research service. Being an American living in Ireland for 39 years, has enabled her to have a unique perspective on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean and an understanding of her fellow countrymen in their quest for their Irish heritage.

Contact Links

Heirs Ireland website

Other Links

Celtic Connections Conference, Waltham, MA – August 15 & 16, 2014

Back to Our Past, Dublin, Ireland – October 17-19, 2014

University of Cork, Genealogy Summer School program – June 29 – July 6, 2014

The Gathering, Ireland (2013)

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

“1) Get a copy of Professional Genealogy and 2) follow the Transitional Genealogists mailing list.

Recommended Book

Tracing Your Irish Ancestors by John Grenham

Productivity Tool

Drop Box – Tool for sharing large files

Advice

“Practice, Practice, Practice! Learn by doing. Get as much experience as possible.”

Action Item

This week, since Eileen and I talked quite a bit about public speaking, let’s warm up to the idea and get you thinking about incorporating public speaking into your offerings.  You won’t actually try to arrange any public speaking engagements. First we need to make sure you are prepared in advance.

ACTION: Before you can do any public speaking you need to get prepared with a potential talk, some equipment and a target venue. Here are the three steps for this week’s action item:

1) You Need a Talk

Think of a topic or project that you could turn in to a potential talk. If you are brand new to public speaking stick to a beginner topic or a subject that you know inside and out.

2) You Need Equipment

To do public speaking you will need to have a laptop computer (or borrow one) and have the corresponding software. For Windows computers this is typically PowerPoint. Keynote for Mac users. If you don’t have this equipment currently can you plan to get it in the future or can you borrow it for your talks?

3) You Need a Venue

Select a location to target for your first talk. Ideally it will be a local historical society, genealogical society or local library.  Hopefully you have already established some relationships with the folks in these organizations. If not, go back and do your networking first.

 

Direct Link to this post:

http://www.TheGenealogyProfessional.com/eileen-oduill

TGP 17 Luana Darby – Serving Professionals

Featured Guest

Luana Darby

Luana Darby grew up listening to her grandmother’s stories about growing up in Kansas in the early 1900s. This piqued her interest and developed into a passion to learn more about her roots, which turned into a successful business helping others find and tell their story. Luana Darby on the Genealogy Professional podcastLuana received a bachelor’s degree in Family History from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in library and information science from San Jose State University.

Luana is a past president of the Utah Genealogical Association and is active in several professional organizations including the Association of Professional Genealogists. She has spoken at many local, regional and national conferences on a variety of technology and genealogical research based topics.

Luana is the owner of Lineages by Luana  and co-owner of American Patriots and Pioneers Research Services.  Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, her research expertise includes the United States, Canada, and Western Europe, with a special interest Palatine German research – tracing Germans immigrants of the 1700s who settled in Colonial Pennsylvania.

Contact Links

Lineages by Luana

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

“Take the time. Set out your  strengths and weaknesses. See what things you really enjoy and have a passion for and head yourself in that direction.

Recommended Book

Professional Genealogy edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills

Pennsylvania German Pioneers by Strassburger and Hinke (note: there are 3 volumes)

Productivity Tool

Drop Box – Tool for sharing large files

Advice

“Network and if you’re just starting, find a mentor.” “

Action Item

This week we continue with the theme of networking – but with a twist. Have you ever received emails from people requesting services that you don’t provide? What do you do with those emails? Ignore them? Delete them? Create opportunity for yourself by providing value for potential (or non-potential as the case may be) clients and colleagues. When you receive an email such as this reply back that you don’t provide the service but that you can connect them with someone who does. Then provide the email address or website for the person who most closely matches what they need. The person will appreciate the time you took to help them and may even return someday to be a customer of yours.

ACTION: Check back through your email from the last 4 weeks. Are there any emails that you’ve ignored? Emails from people asking for services that you don’t provide? Take the time to respond to those people by referring them to colleagues who do do that sort of work. In doing so, you will provide value in your response and will look very professional to the person who contacted you.

 

Direct Link to this post: http://www.TheGenealogyProfessional.com/luana-darby

TGP 15 Rebecca Whitman Koford – Maryland Research

Featured Guest

Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG

Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG is a professional genealogist in American research with special emphasis in Maryland. She has been interested in genealogy ever since the age of five, when she could read her parents’ collection of old handwritten family group sheets.

Rebecca has been taking clients and lecturing since 2004. She has spoken for the Maryland State Archives, Banneker-Douglas Museum in Annapolis, Maryland, Kensington Family Rebecca Whitman Koford on the Genealogy Professional podcastHistory Conferences, Baltimore Family History Workshops, the York Family History Conference in Pennsylvania, The Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore, and for groups in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. Rebecca is a member of DAR, NGS, MDHS, NYG&B, and former Assistant Director of the Columbia Family History Center, and is a Certified Genealogist.

She was the Treasurer for the National Capital Area Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists and taught Beginning and Advanced Genealogy courses for Howard Community College until her move in 2010. She now volunteers at the Family History Center in Frederick. She was coordinator for the 4th and 14th ProGen (peer-led group study of Mills’ book Professional Genealogy) and 16th GenProof (peer-led group study of Jones’ book Mastering Genealogical Proof) online study groups and is currently enthusiastic about the Preserve the Pensions: War of 1812 project sponsored by FGS. Rebecca is head genealogist for ReelTributes, a genealogical documentary company, and she invites you to view her monthly blog articles at www.reeltributes.com. She lives in Mt. Airy, Maryland, with three active teenagers and a very patient husband.

Contact Links

Rebecca’s APG Profile

Rebecca – Google+ page

APG National Capital Area Chapter

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

Find people  who are in a genealogy career. Go and join your local APG group.

Recommended Book

The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy by Val D. Greenwood

Productivity Tool

The templates Rebecca uses (created in MS Word) to keep herself organized

Advice

“Enjoy the journey.”

Action Item

This week let’s focus on your most fun project! Is there is a project than stands out more than others? Perhaps a client that was great to work with or a project that was really fun?

ACTION: The first step in your action item this week is to identify one or two projects that standout for you, either as the most fun, the most challenging or for some other positive reason. Make a list of those projects. It can be a client project, one that you’ve done for yourself or for family or friends.

Next contact the person you did the project for whether that is a client, family or friend, and ask them for permission to use the information about the project in an article or lecture so that you can teach others. Yes, even if it was for family or friends you need to contact them and ask for permission. Get the permission in writing.  If anyone has privacy concerns let them know that you will not include their personal information in your finished product.

We’re not going to take the next step yet of turning the project information into usable content to be shared. For this week, simply select the projects and ask for permission. Asking for written permission is the most important part. In a future episode we will discuss what to do with the project so that you can transform it and share it.

Direct Link to this post: http://www.TheGenealogyProfessional.com/rebecca-koford