As June comes to a close, we finish the third month of the ProGen Study Group. Our assigned chapters from Professional Genealogy were:
- Chapter 4 – The Essential Library by Joy Reisinger, CG
- Chapter 7 – Copyright and Fair Use by Val D. Greenwood, J.D., AG
Chapter 4 begins with the phrase: “A personal library is an essential tool of every professional. As genealogists, we use the written word on a daily basis for information about unfamiliar locales and repositories, as well as for source material.”
The chapter then proceeds to break down the selection criteria for our library into three goal areas: education, efficiency, and reliability. As we then proceed to stock our library, we can do it in stages starting with a basic shelf, adding more essential materials, and finally topping it off with useful, but discretionary items. We should also have a balance of three categories of media: instructional works, general references, and source materials. Like the public and academic libraries of today, our libraries will be a mix of books, magazines, journals, maps, and digital media. This chapter helps us plan our personal library so we can then purchase our items as time and budget allows.
I will be presenting at the Family History Expo 2008 held in Mesa, Arizona on November 14-15. The Expo is organized by My Ancestors Found. My presentation is currently scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. and is titled: Navigating Research with the Genealogical Proof Standard.
Here is the short course description:
(Beginner – Experienced) This class discusses the Genealogical Proof Standard and walks the student through the process by way of a visualization called the Genealogy Research Process map. Each step is explored through case study and uses traditional and online resources.
This is the first time that a conference by My Ancestors Found is being held in Arizona. This is exciting as it will be about an hour drive from where I live. It is a bonus that I get to present.
I encourage all that can to attend this conference. If you are interested, attend my presentation. At the very least, say hello if you see me.
Last week our family went on vacation and apparently so did the ThinkGenealogy site. I had limited internet connectivity during the week, plus was having a great time with the family so I didn’t check the site much. One morning I discovered the site was down. Not only that, but all my files were gone from the web hosting server. I wasn’t able to really deal with tech support until we returned but after a quick restore, the site is back online.
Just want to pass along the news that Everton’s Genealogical Helper will also be available as an online edition starting July 1, 2008. Readers who choose to subscribe to the print edition will have free access to the online edition. Also available is an online-only option for $12.00 a year. A special is available from now to July 1 to subscribe to the online edition for just $10.00.
Here is the press release from Genealogy Online, Inc.:
May was the second month for the ProGen Study Group. You can read about April’s report at ProGen Study Group #1.
This month we continued our study of Professional Genealogy by reading the following:
- Chapter 2 – Educational Preparation by Claire Mire Bettag, CGRS
- Chapter 8 – Alternative Careers by Elizabeth Kelly Kerstens, CGRS
Chapter 2 provided details on academic degrees or credit programs in genealogy. For example, BYU offers a BA in Family History – Genealogy as well as a Family History Certificate. Another certificate program is the Home Study Course provided by the National Genealogical Society. This chapter also talks about major conferences such as NGS, FGS, and those held at BYU. There are also numerous self-study options discussed. If I were to list all the educational opportunities, it would take pages. One newer series of conferences that is not mentioned in the chapter are those provided by My Ancestors Found. The chapter included mostly US programs but did mention some international ones.
Particularly helpful are pages 19-21 that provides questions in the areas of presenters, programs, sponsors, and other concerns that can be used to evaluate educational opportunities to determine which are right for you.