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Have you ever thought about transitioning into a career as a genealogy professional? Are you already a professional but would love a place to get ideas on running your business more smoothly? The Genealogy Professional podcast is your resource for learning best practices and gaining a sense of what a genealogy career is all about. The podcast is released weekly, every Monday, and runs for about 30 minutes.

The Genealogy Professional podcast with Host Marian Pierre-Louis – Interviews with Experienced Genealogists Marian Pierre-Louis

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Have you ever thought about transitioning into a career as a genealogy professional? Are you already a professional but would love a place to get ideas on running your business more smoothly? The Genealogy Professional podcast is your resource for learning best practices and gaining a sense of what a genealogy career is all about. The podcast is released weekly, every Monday, and runs for about 30 minutes.

    TGP 51 - Jennifer Campbell - Personal Historian Services

    TGP 51 - Jennifer Campbell - Personal Historian Services

    Jennifer Campbell gives a first hand look into her world as a personal historian. She talks about getting started with no experience at all, finding clients, using PR, interviewing techniques, and delivering a book as an end product.

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    TGP 50 - Cari Taplin

    TGP 50 - Cari Taplin

    In this episode of the Genealogy Professional podcast we talk to Cari Taplin, CG about genealogy mentors, family legends, genealogy education, getting certification, balancing volunteer work and tracking your clients.

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    TGP 49 - Michael Leclerc

    TGP 49 - Michael Leclerc

    In this episode we speak with Boston genealogist Michael Leclerc, CG about writing and editing at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, becoming a well-know speaker, working for start-up Mocavo, his love of music and much more!

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    TGP 48 - Audrey Collins & The UK National Archives

    TGP 48 - Audrey Collins & The UK National Archives

    Featured Guest Audrey Collins Audrey Collins is a Records Specialist in Family History at The National Archives (TNA) at Kew in England. Audrey Collins worked as a freelance researcher for 15 years before joining the staff of The National Archives. In 2001 she was engaged by the Office for National Statistics as their official Census historian for the bicentenary
    Photo Courtesy of Jill Ball
    census in that year, and also served on the advisory panel for the 1901 census digitisation project.
    Audrey is the author of three titles in the ‘Basic Facts’ series of family history guides, co-wrote The Complete Guide to Tracing Your Family History and has also contributed sections in the Family History Companion, and Census: the expert guide. She regularly gives talks at external events and conferences in the UK, Ireland and the USA. Her research interests include: the history and operation of the General Register Office, Civil Registration and the UK census; Scottish and Irish records in The National Archives; newspapers and periodicals and retail history.
    Contact Links
    Facebook – Audrey Collins
    Twitter - @AudreyCollins23
    Other Links   
    The National Archives
    One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now "Find out what other genealogists do. Work out what the opportunities are . . . Look for something that not that many people are doing that you know you can do well.”
    Recommended Book The Family Tree Detective: A Manual for Tracing Your Ancestors in England and Wales by Colin D. Rogers
    Productivity Tool Evernote
    Advice "Always go back and look at what you did before."
    Action Item I loved what Audrey had to say about networking. She said she was able to learn how Americans do research and the assumptions they have because of networking with them. And that helps her better serve them when they come to the archives.
    Networking is important and it can change how you perceive other genealogists, your clients, and the people who serve you such as librarians and archivists.
    I want you to get and do some networking! I'm going to give you two options for this action item.
    Your first option is to find a local genealogy society, club or group near you. Find out where and when their next event is and attend, in person.
    The second option is to choose someone you know already know (but not too well) and invite them for coffee (or tea as the case may be). This can be done either in person or virtually using a tool like Skype.
    Connecting with other genealogists will help you see a different side of the community and it will be fun! So get out there.
    Direct link to this post: http://www.thegenealogyprofessional.com/audrey-collins/
    NEWS In News items, I am just back from the APG Professional Management Conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It was one of the best conferences I've ever attended. And I so appreciated that it was focused on the professional and business aspects of genealogy.
    I'd like to do a followup podcast episode dedicated to the PMC 2016 and I'd like your help! I'd like to hear from attendees, speakers, committee members and board members so that they can share the positive benefits that the conference had on them. This involves recording a short audio clip that can be used in the podcast. I'd like to do the recordings on Tuesday September 27th or Friday, September 30th 2016. If you'd like to participate, send me an email at contact@thegenealogy professional.com Everyone is welcome so don't be shy!
    During the Month of October I will be offering two  webinars.
    The first on Thursday October 20th is called "Boosting Facebook Posts and Creating Saved Audiences." I know what you're thinking - "I'm never going to need to Boost a post." Learning to Boost a post on Facebook is actually an important skill that you should have before you need to use it. You might not need to use it for your own busin

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    TGP 47 - Megan Smolenyak

    TGP 47 - Megan Smolenyak

    Featured Guest Megan Smolenyak Megan Smolenyak2 is a real life history detective who loves to solve mysteries.

    You might have spotted Megan or her handiwork on Top Chef, Who Do You Think You Are?, Finding Your Roots, Faces of America, Good Morning America, the Today Show, The Early Show, CNN, PBS and NPR.
    Her news-making discoveries include uncovering Michelle Obama’s family tree, revealing the true story of Annie Moore, the first immigrant through Ellis Island, and tracing Barack Obama’s roots to Moneygall, Ireland. Formerly Chief Family Historian for Ancestry.com, she also founded Unclaimed Persons.
    Megan is the author of 6 books, including Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing and Who Do You Think You Are? (companion to the TV series), and conducts forensic research for the Army, BIA, coroners, NCIS and the FBI.
    Contact Links
    Websites – Megan Smolenyak and Honoring Our Ancestors
    Facebook – Megan Smolenyak
    Twitter - @megansmolenyak
    Pinterest - Megan Smolenyak
    Other Links   
    Unclaimed Persons
    Seton Shields Genealogy Grant
    Megan Smolenyak at The Huffington Post
    One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now "I got myself a virtual assistant right out of the gate . . . Even if you don't think you're ready for one yet, explore the possibility.”
    Recommended Book Take Time for Your Life by Cheryl Richardson
    Productivity Tool Timehop
    Advice "In terms of genealogical careers, do what excites you."
    Action Item For your action item today I want you to think about where your career is going to be in 5 or 10 years. What will the world of genealogy look like then? How would your services change if all records were online? Or if all genealogy clients asked for DNA interpretation along with their researched family tree? What if the main demand was for heir research or perhaps mineral rights?  What other directions might genealogy go in that might not be obvious now? Also, think about your interests and your passions. If you research, for example, colonial Pennsylvania, what can you do to ensure that your business will continue to grow and make use of new technology? Can you harness photos or videos to find a new way to share the results of the research you've done? Or perhaps can you find new ways to work with professionals from other disciplines such as archeologists, biographers, or k-12 text book writers.
    So what I'm suggesting is that you take a morning or evening walk and allow your mind to consider the future, your future. Think about it now so you can be ready to create it for yourself or to grab opportunity when it comes.
    Direct link to this post: http://www.thegenealogyprofessional.com/megan-smolenyak/

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    TGP 46 - Melinde Lutz Byrne

    TGP 46 - Melinde Lutz Byrne

    Featured Guest Melinde Lutz Byrne, CG, FASG
    Melinde Lutz Byrne, CG, FASG, is immediate past president of the American Society of Genealogists (elected 1993), and has been credentialed by the Board for Certification of Genealogists since 2010 (no. 1001). Trained as a cultural anthropologist (China, pre-Mao), invertebrate paleontologist, and archivist, she has written over fifty books and numerous

    articles. Her specialties have been identifying women’s maiden names and naming the 200 Africans in Massachusetts Bay Colony before 1680. This year is her fortieth as a practicing genealogist.
    In 1976 she began research on a Midwestern family with a pattern of twins and triplets. In 1985, after a year as a stringer for Blake and Blake, Genealogists, she coined the term “forensic genealogy” research services. She became interested in forensic cold cases in 1990, took on apprentices, and continued historical work with, among other things, Robert Charles Anderson’s Great Migration Study Project. In 1992 she submitted research to Mary Claire King and Tom Roderick in early mtDNA lineage studies and through 2015 served on the now quiescent genetic genealogy standards committee.
    Melinde has been editor of three state journals and president of four societies. She has served as co-chair of NERGC, Genealogy Symposium day for ALA, and a program chair for the Northwest Chapter of American Archivists. She is a graduate of the 2007 NIGR (now Gen-Fed). She teaches forensic genealogy for Boston University and a graduate genealogy practicum for Excelsior College. In 2011 she trained with Betty Pat Gatliff to do forensic facial reconstruction and learn why two artists had created such different images of her 1971 NH Jane Doe. She continues to work with cold case law enforcement on naming the unknown dead.
    Currently, Melinde is Program Director for Boston University’s genealogy offerings in their Center for Professional Education; Program Director for Excelsior College’s genealogy offerings in their Center for Professional Development; and co-editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly.
    Contact Links
    Website – Center for Professional Development at Excelsior College
    Website - Boston University Online Genealogical Research Program
    Other Links   
    New England Historic Genealogical Society
    The American Genealogist (TAG)
    National Genealogical Society Quarterly
    The Great Migration Study Project
    "Lost Babes: Fornication Abstracts from Court Records, Essex County, Massachusetts, 1692-1745" by Melinde Lutz Byrne
    American Society of Genealogists
    The Donald Lines Jacobus Award
    One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now "If [you] haven't already taken a class, I would say take a class. If you have taken a class and you're not a member of a society, join the society.”
    Recommended Book Hannah's Heirs: The Quest for the Genetic Origins of Alzheimer's Disease by Daniel A. Pollen
    Advice "Take a class."
    Action Item For our action item today, it's an easy one. I want you to take a class or a whole course. Don't just research the possibilities, actually take a class. Before you start protesting, for this reason or that, there are lots of free online classes. If you can listen to this podcast then you have the ability to take a class. At the very least watch a free webinar.  There are lots of free webinars and you can watch them right from your smart phone. Go to the Geneawebinars.com website and you'll see the full listing of them there.
    Direct link to this post: http://www.thegenealogyprofessional.com/melinde-lutz-byrne/
    NEWS The call for presentations for the 2017 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree has been extended to September 2, 2016. This Call for Presentations pertains to the Jamboree conference, the SCGS Genetic Genealogy conference and the workshops, as well as, the 2017 Jamboree Extension Series webinar

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I love Marian Pierre-Louis. She is a good interviewer and the content is high quality.

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Excellent! Worth listening to twice!

I am considering genealogical research as a part-time business leading into a post-retirement second career. My local community college has a Small Business Center that provides many free resources, including consultations, assistance with business plan development and mentoring, and I plan to take full advantage of those services, but this podcast brings it all together for me. I have learned so much from this sharing by professional genealogists, some of which I had already considered and a lot which I had not. It was eye-opening to see how varied the individual businesses are. And, the discussion includes many principles that apply to any small business. Just a wonderful resource. I plan to work through the episodes again - so much rich content that it's worth a repeat.

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