Category Archives: Writer

TGP 9 Shauna Hicks – Genealogy Down Under

Featured Guest

Shauna Hicks

Shauna Hicks has been tracing her own family history since 1977 and worked in government for over 35 years in libraries and archives in Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne. Since retiring, she has written a number of family history guides and is a Shauna Hicks on the Genealogy Professional podcastregular speaker at genealogy cruises, conferences and seminars. She now operates a small part time research and consultancy business Shauna Hicks History Enterprises at and is the author of the blog, Diary of an Australian Genealogist.

Shauna has a number of tertiary qualifications from Queensland universities including a Master of Arts in Australian Studies, a Graduate Diploma in Library Science and a Diploma in Family Historical Studies from the Society of Australian Genealogists. She is a Fellow of the Queensland Family History Society; a recipient of the Australian Society of Archivists Distinguished Achievement Award and the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations’ Services to Family History Award.

Contact Links

Shauna’s website –

Shauna’s blog – Diary of an Australian Genealogist

Shauna on Twitter – @HicksShauna

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

“Buy a good book that gives you a base knowledge of what you intend to build your business on.”

For example in Australia this book would be the book Family History for Beginners and Beyond by Heraldry and Genealogical Society of Canberra.

Productivity Tool

Drop Box – File Sharing

Evernote – “Remember Everything with Evernote”


“Just Do It. But don’t do it in isolation.”

Action Item

Shauna talks about the isolation of working as an independent genealogist.  Also lacking is the support team that comes from working in a regular office environment. This week’s action launches from Shauna’s suggestion to build an online network.

ACTION: Get yourself a free online account if you are not online already. Some of the online social networking sites that have a community of genealogists include Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Once you have an account check with some other genealogists you know from your local genealogical society or historical society and see if they are on the site as well. Then send them a request to connect.  From there start building your online network.

If you really don’t want to get onto social media you can complete this task by arranging to meet some genealogy friends or colleagues weekly, face to face, for coffee, tea, lunch or whatever you like. But the frequency has to be enough that you build a support network. Quarterly is too infrequent to build a strong network.

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TGP 6: Kathryn Lake Hogan – The Canadian Genealogist

Featured Guest

Kathryn Lake Hogan

Kathryn Lake Hogan is the professional genealogist, author and educator behind LOOKING4ANCESTORS, the research business she started in 2007.Kathryn Lake Hogan

A graduate of the National Institute of Genealogical Studies where she studied Canadian and English genealogy, Kathryn has earned the Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies. She has completed the ProGen Study Group, and has attended the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research annually since 2011.

Starting with her own family history research over 10 years ago, Kathryn has not only made genealogy her passion, she has also committed herself to helping others discover the joys of family history and how to locate their own ancestors.

Kathryn enjoys speaking both nationally and internationally at local, and provincial/state Digging Your Canadian Roots by Kathryn Lake Hogansocieties, and regional conferences. Her webinars featuring Canadian family history topics appeal to family historians from around the world.

Kathryn is the author of Digging Your Canadian Roots, as well as having written fifteen guides featuring Canadian research topics for Legacy Family Tree.

Giving back to the genealogy community is important to Kathryn. She was the branch genealogist for the Bicentennial Branch of the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada for six years. Currently, she is involved with the Ontario Genealogical Society as a member and as the webinar coordinator.

You can check out Kathryn’s website at: or follow her on Twitter: @Look4Ancestors.

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

Contact a professional genealogist and ask them a question.

Recommended Book

Finding Your Canadian Ancestors: A Beginner’s Guide by Sherry Irvine and Dave Obee

Productivity Tool

Dropbox and Google Drive


“Got for it.”


TGP 1: Lisa Alzo – Genealogy Speaker and Writer

Featured Guest

Lisa Alzo

Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A., is a freelance writer, instructor, and internationally recognized lecturer, specializing in Slovak/Eastern European genealogical research, writing your family history, Lisa Alzo, genealogistand using the Internet to trace female and immigrant ancestors.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1987 and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997. Lisa is the author of nine books, including the award-winning Three Slovak Women, and hundreds of magazine articles. She has been published in Ancestry Magazine, Discovering Family History Magazine, Family Chronicle, Family Tree Magazine, Reunions Magazine, NGSNews Magazine, Western Pennsylvania History Magazine, and The Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly. Lisa is a contributing editor for Family Baba's Kitchen by Lisa AlzoTree Magazine, and teaches online courses for Family Tree University and The National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

She is frequently invited speaker for national conferences, genealogical and historical societies, and webinars, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Federation of Genealogical Societies. An avid genealogist for more than 23 years, Lisa also chronicles her family history adventures on her blog, The Accidental Genealogist . Visit for more information.

Recommended Book

2014 Writer’s Marketplace by Robert Lee Brewer

Productivity Tool

Scrivener and Scapple both by Literature and Latte


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