Imaging going to a genealogy seminar and having nothing but great classes taught by some of the very best professional genealogists in the county. That is what you get in Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians.
Edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG; this book was primarily compiled to help those who are, or wish to become, a professional genealogist. However, insight to the developing skills of a professional genealogists will help any family historian and genealogist, as well as those in other professions who support genealogical studies. Every genealogist, from beginner to advance, is constantly learning. “…that is, education. It is our foundation in genealogy. As we gain experience, it deepens and strengthens our grasp of concepts and techniques. Indeed, rapidly changing technology and increasing competition make continuing education imperative. Whatever form it takes—formal instruction or independent study—ongoing education is basic to our effective conduct of professional genealogical research.”
This “Bible” of the professional genealogist has just come back into print, and FRPC made a deal with the publisher to offer the book for 17% off – now through Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. Regularly $59.95, it’s just $49.76!
For those who simply want to learn what the professionals know and become better researchers then there is plenty to learn within these pages. Learn about:
- developing and maintaining a personal library
- problem analysis and improved research skills
- evidence analysis
- writing skills, proofreading, and family histories
- even learn how to become a presenter
Professional genealogists and those hoping to develop a career in genealogy will also learn important skills in areas including:
- career management
- building and marketing a genealogy business
- writing reports and lineage papers
- preparing books for press
- becoming a professional presenter or teacher
There is so much to learn and this book doesn’t hold back. Over 600 pages await to help any genealogist become a better researcher. Much of what is taught is common sense, and some provides truly practical use, like avoiding legal and ethical problems.
1. Defining Professionalism, by Donn Devine,J.D., CG, CGI
2. Educational Preparation, by Claire Mire Bettag, CGRS
3. Certification and Accreditation, by Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG; Paul F. Smart, AG; Jimmy B. Parker, AG; and Claire Mire Bettag, CGRS
4. The Essential Library, by Joy Reisinger, CG
Ethics and Legalities
5. Ethical Standards, by Neil D. Thompson, LL.B., Ph.D., CG, FASG
6. Executing Contracts, by Patricia Gilliam Hastings, J.D.
7. Copyright and Fair Use, by Val D. Greenwood, J.D., AG
8. Alternative Careers, by Elizabeth Kelley Kerstens, CGRS
9. Structuring A Business, by Melinda Shackleford Kashuba, Ph.D.
10. Setting Realistic Fees, by Sandra Hargreaves Luebking
11. Marketing Strategies, by Elizabeth Kelley Kerstens, CGRS
12. Business Record Keeping, by Helen F. M. Leary, CG, CGL, FASG
13. Time Management, by Patricia Law Hatcher, CG, FASG
Professional Research Skills
14. Problem Analyses and Research Plans, by Helen F. M. Leary, CG, CGL, FASG
15. Research Procedures, by Linda Woodward Geiger, CGRS, CGL
16. Transcripts and Abstracts, by Mary McCampbell Bell, CLS, CGL
17. Evidence Analysis, by Donn Devine, J.D., CG, CGI
Writing and Compiling
18. Research Reports, by Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG
19. Genealogy Columns, by Regina Hines Ellison, CGRS
20. Proof Arguments and Case Studies, by Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG
21. Book and Media Reviews, by Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG
22. Record Compilations, by Bettie Cummings Cook, CG
23. Family Histories, by Christine Rose, CG, CGL, FASG
24. Lineage Papers, by Mary McCampbell Bell, CLS, CGL and Elisabeth Whitman Schmidt, CLS
Editing and Publishing
25. Editing Periodicals, by Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG
26. Proofreading and Indexing, by Birdie Monk Holsclaw
27. Preparing Books for Press, by Joan Ferris Curran, CG
28. Classroom Teaching, by Sandra Hargreaves Luebking
29. Lecturing, by Helen F. M. Leary, CG, CGL, FASG
This 654-page reference book includes an appendix for Abbreviations and Acronyms as well as a section covering “Codes, Guidelines, and Standards: United States and International.” The book also has an extensive index.
“Professional Genealogy is a landmark–the field’s most significant publication since 1960, when the American Society of Genealogists introduced Genealogical Research: Methods and Sources. In a sense, though, its title belies its greatest value: it offers priceless guidance to the many amateur family historians who want to ensure that their work is of high quality and enduring value.” – Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, President, Board for Certification of Genealogists
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