Category Archives: Writer

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.

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TGP 38 – Kerry Scott – How to Use Evernote for Genealogy

Direct link to this post: http://www.thegenealogyprofessional.com/Kerry-Scott

We are changing it up for this episode of The Genealogy Professional podcast. Instead of talking with a professional genealogist about running a genealogy business, our featured guest, professional genealogist and author Kerry Scott, talks about her new book, How to Use Evernote for GenealogyEvernote is a well-known productivity tool and Kerry will tell us how it can be used to boost genealogy research efficiency.

Bio – Kerry ScottKerry Scott

Kerry Scott used to be a Human Resources executive. She finally realized she liked dead people better, so now she’s a genealogist. She’s obsessed with using technology to become a more efficient family historian, and she’s spent years developing tools and techniques to make Evernote work for both beginning and expert genealogists. Kerry teaches at Family Tree University, and writes an award-winning genealogy blog, Clue Wagon. Her roots are in the Midwest, but she now lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Book Summary

Harness the powerful, timesaving organization features of Evernote‘s free software and mobile apps to manage your genealogy research. How to Use Evernote for Genealogy explains how to organize all kinds of genealogy clues–from notes and e-mails to vital records and audio files–so the information is easily searchable, accessible on any device, and automatically backed up in the cloud. Step-by-step instructions show you how to organize research materials, analyze research clues, collaborate with cousins, and share your family history.

Publication Info 

book cover

Title: How to Use Evernote for Genealogy

Publisher: Family Tree University (November 16, 2015)

Paperback: 240 pages.

How to Use Evernote for Genealogy is available for purchase from Amazon.com and other booksellers.

The Interview

This interview is a little bit different from what is usually done on the podcast. Instead of focusing on a genealogy professional, we instead focus on a resource – Evernote. Author Kerry Scott talks about her book How to Use Evernote for Genealogy.

In this interview Kerry Scott describes some of her favorite tips and techniques that can make Evernote a go-to tool for professional genealogists. Find out the benefits of sharing notes and notebooks with clients, what makes Evernote’s search functions so beneficial to genealogists, and how Evernote camera captures documents using your mobile device.

Kerry also describes her journey of writing this book – how long it took to write the book, how she organized it to get started and what her greatest fears were.

Action Item

This is a really simple and obvious action item for this episode. Kerry Scott gave excellent insight into Evernote. Evernote is a FREE tool.

Your action item this week is to check it out. Download it on your phone or computer and see what it can do for you. It’s free so trying it out doesn’t cost you anything but time. See if you can use Evernote to make you more productive and efficient.

News

The deadline for speaker submissions to the 2017 National Genealogical Society Family History Conference is coming up on April 1st, 2016. Visit www.ngsgenealogy.org for more information.

In TGP news, in the last episode I mentioned that registration was open for the Mastermind groups that I am offering. I wanted to let you know that both groups have sold out. So unfortunately it’s too late to sign up for them. However, I will be offering two specialized masterminds – one for bloggers and one for public speakers. These will be shorter – not full 12 month masterminds like the others.

I’ll also be bringing back my popular Goals workshop. That’s a onetime 3-hour workshop that helps you really focus in on your priorities and accomplishing your goals. So keep your eye on the website later in March for info about all of that.

We also have a new mailing list and private Facebook group. The group is free and it’s a place where you can talk about the action items from the show and ask questions. There’s one hitch though. In order to get into the group you have to sign up for the mailing list on thegenealogyprofessional.com website. Once you sign up you’ll be sent a link for the Facebook page. So be sure to check that out.

I’ll be traveling and appearing at some conferences in the coming months. On March 10th I’ll be presenting the marketing segment at the Forensic Genealogy Institute in San Antonio, Texas. If you’re going to be there be sure to stop me and say hello.

On March 19th I’ll be presenting my Goals Workshop to the members of the New England Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. And on April 16th I’ll be presenting a genealogy talk at the Massachusetts Genealogical Council seminar in Marlborough, Massachusetts. If you are in New England, be sure to check that one out because CeCe Moore will be presenting a full day of DNA classes as part of the MGC seminar.

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

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

 

 

TGP 35 – Pat Richley-Erickson aka Dear Myrtle

Featured Guest

Pat Richley-Erickson aka Dear Myrtle

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

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

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

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

Contact LinksDear Myrtle on the Genealogy Professional podcast

Dear Myrtle Group on Facebook

Dear Myrtle on Twitter – @DearMyrtle

Dear Myrtle on Google+

Dear Myrtle Google+ Community

Dear Myrtle YouTube Channel

Dear Myrtle Website

Other Links

 GeneaWebinars

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

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

Recommended Book

Seth Godin’s blog

Facebook: Technology for Genealogy group

Anything Elizabeth Shown Mills:  www.EvidenceExplained.com

Mastering Genealogical Proof by Dr. Thomas W. Jones

Productivity Tool

Cozi – a calendar sharing app

Advice

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

Action Item

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

ACTION:

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

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

Direct link to this post: http://www.thegenealogyprofessional.com/dear-myrtle

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Dear Myrtle on the Genealogy Professional podcast

 

 

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

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Ursula Krause on the Genealogy Professional podcast

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 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 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