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TGP 51 – Jennifer Campbell, Personal Historian Services

Featured Guest

Jennifer Campbell

Jennifer Campbell, Heritage Memoirs

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

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

Contact Links

Website – Heritage Memoirs

Best Advice Ever Received

Do what you do best and farm out the rest.

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

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

Recommended Book

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

Productivity Tool

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


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

Action Item

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


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

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

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TGP 45 – Lynn Palermo

Featured Guest

Lynn Palermo

Lynn Palermo is a genealogy professional with a passion for the written word. As the owner and author of a family history blog, you’ll find her most days blogging from her website The Armchair Genealogist. It’s here she offers readers practical advice on researching and writing their family history.  The Armchair Genealogist was named one of thLynn Palermo e Top 40 Blogs by Family Tree Magazine.

As a freelance writer, Lynn has published articles for Internet Genealogy, Discovering Family History, and Family Chronicle (now Your Genealogy Today). Her articles have been featured across the internet including The National Genealogical Society website, newsletter and online magazines such as The In-Depth Genealogist.

Lynn is also the proud author of her family history book, The Waters of My Ancestors. Lynn has published three how-to-books designed to help the family historian write their own family history book, including Getting Ready to Write, Authentic Ancestors and Finding the Story.  Her books can be found at The Family History Writing Studio where she coaches students through online courses, critiques, ebooks and webinars in their journey to use write creative nonfiction to write entertaining, engaging and inspiring stories. Every February, Lynn leads hundreds of family historians in The Family History Writing Challenge. For the past 5 years, she’s guided writers through 28 days of focused writing of their family history stories.

Lynn has been researching and writing genealogy for 15 years and loves to help others find their journey. Her perfect day is inspiring and motivating others to research and write their family history.

Contact Links

Website – The Armchair Genealogist

Website – The Family History Writing Studio

Facebook – @ArmchairGenealogist

Facebook – @fhwstudio

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Writing the Family History Scene course

Plotting a Family History Story course

Creating a Legacy Family History Book course


Adobe Premier Pro CC


Norfolk Historical Society (Ontario)/Eva Brook Donly Museum and Archives

The Family History Writing Challenge

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

Listen to your audience.

Recommended Book

On Writing” by Stephen King

Productivity Tool



“Start writing now. You do not have to wait until your research is done.

Action Item

For your action item this week I’d like you to do a brainstorming exercise. Think about your specific niche within genealogy. If you were to write a short eBook that you could publish as a pdf what topic would you choose?


Try to think of as many possibilities as you can.  Allow yourself to go in a direction that you normally wouldn’t consider. Think about your niche in very broad terms and then narrow down and think about it with very specific topics. And then of course write down your ideas!

I hope this exercise really gets you thinking about what you do and the various ways you can share your knowledge on the subject. I really strongly believe in brainstorming. I think it can open you up to possibilities and ideas you hadn’t considered before.

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TGP-45 Lynn Palermo


Here on the genealogy professional podcast we have been releasing episodes weekly for the last 5 or 6 weeks.  I just want you to know that we are not going to continue at that pace. While we don’t have a set schedule yet what you are more likely to find is that we’ll post 6 episodes in a row and then we’ll take a few weeks off. Then we’ll do another 6 and take a few weeks off.  That will be a bit easier on us than trying to crank them out every week. We’ve reached that point now. So our next episode will be in a few weeks on August 21st. On that day we’ll hear an amazing interview with NGSQ co-editor Melinde Lutz Byrne.

If you’d like to become a supporter of the Genealogy Professional podcast head over to the website at and click on the supporter button. And of course, ratings and reviews in both iTunes and Stitcher are always welcome.



TGP 32 Christine Woodcock – Genealogy Tourism

Featured Guest

Christine Woodcock

Christine Woodcock on the Genealogy Professional podcastScottish born, Canadian raised, Christine Woodcock is a genealogy educator with an expertise in the Scottish records. She enjoys sharing new resources to assist others in their quest to find and document their heritage. Christine is also a lecturer, author and blogger who enjoys connecting with other genealogists through social media.

Christine is the Director of Genealogy Tours of Scotland  and organizes 10 day research trips to Edinburgh where participants can research their genealogy onsite in Edinburgh.

Contact Links

Facebook – Scottish Genealogy page

Twitter –

Google+ – Christine Woodcock

Genealogy Tours of Scotland

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

“Find something that is needed in the market and decide how you can make that thing happen for other people.”

Recommended Book

Island of Wings by Karin Altenberg

Productivity Tool

Drop Box – Tool for sharing large files


“If you have something that you are really passionate about then by all means turn that into a business but don’t expect to make too much money. You need to be realistic but Do It!”

Action Item

We have talked in the past about setting priorities and focusing on what is most important. This week we dive deeper into this idea by focusing specifically on email which can be overwhelming for all of us.  Are you in control of your email or is it in control of you?


In the past we’ve asked you to prioritize your to-do list and create it the night before. There’s no point in that if you get derailed first thing in the morning by other people’s priorities in the form of an email. For the next 7 days try opening your email only 3 times a day. And more importantly, don’t open your email before 10am.  Instead, focus on that number one priority which is on the top of your nightly to-do list!

Webinar Available

Targeting and Finding New Genealogy Clients webinar with Marian Pierre-LouisAs mentioned in the podcast, the webinar “Targeting and Finding New Genealogy Clients” is now available for download.  More information about that is available here.

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TGP 18 Lorine McGinnis Schulze – Focus on New Netherland

Featured Guest

Lorine McGinnis Schulze

Lorine McGinnis Schulze is a Canadian genealogist who has been involved in the fields of genealogy and history for more than thirty years.

Lorine is the creator and owner of the Olive Tree Genealogy website  and several other websites, all bringing free genealogical content online for genealogists and historians.

Lorine is active in the genealogy community with several blogs including the Olive Tree Genealogy blog and Ask Olive Tree. Here visitors can submit queries and challenging questions for an answer from Lorine. In February 2011 she was an official blogger for RootsTech Technology and Genealogy Convention in Salt Lake City Utah.

Lorine is the author of many published genealogical articles and books on genealogy and history. Her list of published works is available at

Olive Tree Genealogy has been online since February 1996 and is one of the oldest Lorine McGinnis Shulze - Canadian Genealogistgenealogy websites online. Lorine’s website was among the first to bring free primary sources to the Internet with its passenger lists of ships from the Netherlands to New York in the 17th Century. Lorine specializes in early Ships Passenger Lists to America and Canada, as well as New Netherland (17th Century New York), Loyalist research and Ontario genealogy research.

Lorine is active on her Olive Tree Genealogy YouTube channel which holds various Step-by-Step Tutorials and Cemetery Walk videos. She is also known for her commitment to locating descendants of American and Canadian soldiers whose medals and dog tags have been found in other countries.

She is a volunteer host for several Ontario GenWeb sites and USGenWeb sites. She also volunteers as an administrator for over 30 genealogy mailing lists and more than 2 dozen genealogy message boards.

Lorine’s current projects include a soon-to-be-published genealogical mystery novel and a book on genealogy activities and games for children.

Contact Links

Olive Tree Genealogy website

Olive Tree Genealogy blog

Olive Tree Genealogy YouTube channel

Olive Tree Genealogy on Facebook

Lorine McGinnis Schulze on Twitter

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

Figure out what you love doing and what you’re good at because that will be the start of your business plan.

Recommended Book

The Island at the Center of the World by Russell Shorto

Productivity Tool

Drop Box – Tool for sharing large files

Evernote – a tool to help you organize and remember

Scrivener  – a writing tool by Literature and Latte


“Don’t just talk about starting a business – at some point actually do it. Give yourself a deadline for a decision.”

Action Item

We pick up where with left off in episode 15. That week I asked you to decide on a several of your most fun projects and ask for permission to use the projects in learning opportunities for a broader audience such as an article or a presentation.  This week our action item is to take that one step further by defining the project.

ACTION: Think about one of your fun projects and then fill in the information below. It doesn’t have to been perfect or locked in stone. The goal is to get you thinking about your project so that you can summarize it and turn it into another end product.  Fill out this chart:

Time Frame:
Methodology/Approach to Challenge:
What is unique or unusual?


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Webinar Announcement

Marian Pierre-Louis, host of the Genealogy Professional podcast, will be hosting a FREE live webinar on Friday, April 4, 2014 at 2:00pm EDT.

Time zones: 2PM Eastern, 1PM Central, 12noon Mountain, 11AM Pacific, 6PM GMT

The topic is:

Finding Your Genealogy Niche

Are you a genealogy generalist who hasn’t found a specialty area or niche? A niche can help differentiate your business from other professionals but sometimes finding a niche can be a challenge. This webinar will take you through important criteria that will help you move forward in the best direction.

If you need help finding your niche and would like to be featured in the webinar, please send an email through the contact form and explain where you live, what you think you would specialize in and anything that is giving you trouble in making the decision. I look forward to hearing from you!

The webinar will include a Q&A session at the end. The webinar will not be available as a replay. However, it will be available for purchase afterward as a digital download.

Register for the Webinar

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


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