Course Ten – Genealogy as a Profession

UpcomingCourse Ten – Genealogy as a Profession

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    Course Ten $545.00 (USD)   Goes On Sale
    March 6, 2021
  • Course Ten
    July 25, 2021 - July 30, 2021
    10:30 am - 2:30 pm

Course Ten — Genealogy as a Profession

Registration opens Saturday, 6 March 2021 at 1:30pm ET
[Maximum: 30 students]

Course Coordinator

Elissa Scalise Powell, CG®, CGLSM

Description

The aspiring or practicing professional genealogist will benefit from practical knowledge of three components that make for a successful career: management and growth of the business, client communications, and professional opportunities. An introduction to various specialties from experts in those fields will help students gauge their interest in them. The course includes hands-on activities and products which you can take home and use in your business.

Prerequisites, textbooks, and other student information

Prerequisites: None.

Additional information: The purpose of the course is so that attendees can learn what it takes to establish and maintain a business, gain clients (marketing and setting fees), do professional work (research efficiencies and standards), and explore the various specialties in our field (forensic and genetic genealogy, among others).

Required textbooks: None.

Recommended textbooks:

Mills, Elizabeth Shown, ed. Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers and Librarians. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2001.

Mills, Elizabeth Shown, ed. Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice and Standards. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2018.

Course Schedule

Monday
10:30 – 11:00 Class Orientation (E. Powell)
11:00 – 12:15 Are you Ready for a Genealogical Business? (E. Powell)
12:15 – 12:30 Break
12:30 – 1:45 The Office: Business Records and Time Management (E. Powell)
1:45 – 2:45 Lunch
2:45 – 4:00 Business Formations and Contracts (Spratling)
4:00 – 4:15 Break
4:15 – 5:30 Preparing for Your Marketplace: Fees and Marketing (E. Powell)
 
Tuesday
10:30 – 11:00 Assignment 1 due; Discussion of results (E. Powell)
11:00 – 12:15 The Law and Ethics of Sharing: Copyright, DNA and More (Russell)
12:15 – 12:30 Break
12:30 – 1:45 Client Communications, Expectations, and Ethical Dilemmas (E. Powell)
1:45 – 2:45 Lunch
2:45 – 4:00 Client Research Planning (E. Powell)
4:00 – 4:15 Break
4:15 – 5:30 Research Reports (E. Powell)
 
Wednesday
10:30 – 11:00 Discussion of Assignment 2: Research focus and planning (E. Powell)
11:00 – 12:15 Continuing Education (E. Powell)
12:15 – 12:30 Break
12:30 – 1:45 Managing a Business in the Internet Age – Tech Tools (K. Powell)
1:45 – 2:45 Lunch
2:45 – 4:00 Your Professional Website (K. Powell)
4:00 – 4:15 Break
4:15 – 5:30 Case Study Using Law Research Tools (Spratling)
 
Thursday
10:30 – 11:00 Assignment 3 due; Discussion of articles (E. Powell)
11:00 – 12:15 Introduction to Forensic Genealogy (Meyers)
12:15 – 12:30 Break
12:30 – 1:45 Genetic Genealogy for Clients (Hobbs)
1:45 – 2:45 Lunch
2:45 – 4:00 Writing and Publishing for Fun and Profit (E. Powell)
4:00 – 4:15 Break
4:15 – 5:30 Advising Clients about Manuscript Collection Placements (Gillins)
 
Friday
10:30 – 11:45 The Genealogical Educator (E. Powell)
11:45 –12:00 Break
12:00 – 1:15 Other Income Opportunities Discussion (E. Powell)
1:15 – 1:30 Break
1:30 – 2:30 Professional Relationships and Subcontracting; Network Exercise Conclusion; Distribution of Certificates and final assignment (E. Powell)

 

Course Faculty

Elissa Scalise Powell, CG®, CGLSM, Course Coordinator
Sharon Batiste Gillins, BS, MS
Patti Lee Hobbs, CG®
Kelvin L. Meyers
Kimberly T. Powell
Judy G. Russell, JD, CG®, CGLSM
Ben B. Spratling, JD

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