Monthly Archives: March 2006

Confessions of a Horder


I have been a bit of a pack rat. This weekend I had to face my past. My wife gave me the ulimatum that the bankers boxes of old files had to go. What you see here is the remaining 3 boxes. This is a symptom of a problem, and a cry for a simple solution.

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Educating the Genealogy Librarian

George G. Morgan of Aha! Seminars has authored a new on-line course for genealogy librarians “Cooperative Ventures and Referrals” available as part of the Genealogy Librarianship Certificate program from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies and the Faculty of Information Studies at the University of Toronto.

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Speaker’s Tip: Sing before Speaking

Ken Aitken profile There is a song for every occasion, or so I’ve taught my children. However, as The Hermit Poet  will attest, my singing is overrated. So this morning when  I read about Rita Risser, a motivational speaker, who warms up for speaking engagemments by singing gospel music, I had a good laugh. Yet there is something too this that speakers and teachers can learn.

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Speaker Fees

Kenflower.JPG I am a great admirer of Helen F.M. Leary. She’s is a thinking person’s genealogist. I’d hire her in a flash if I was faced with a research problem in her corner of the world.  Helen wrote an excellant chapter in Elizabeth Shown Mills, Professional Genealogy (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2001) entitled,  “Lecturing” and filled wiith excellant advice for professional genealogists interested in genealogy education as an aspect of their work.  She says some interesting things about speaker’s fees.

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