Monthly Archives: June 2006

2. Reading, Transcribing and Abstracting: Resources for Learning.

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Transcribing documents is an almost last art among most genealoists. What with photocopy machines,microfilm reader printers, scanners, digital cameras and the whole attitude of instant genealogy on the web, the skill of transcribing is largely in the domain of the seasoned professional researcher. To bad for the web-based genealogists who never face this task. They may never know the true thrill of the hunt. What resources are there for teachers?

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1. Reading, Transcribing and Abstracting: Resources for Learning.

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There he sits, the determined genealogist at the microfilm reader pondering marks in a page with a microfilm that states photocopies, even for personal use, cannot be made. The Genealogist obviously needs some skills to handle this situation.

Where can he turn?

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Teaching Genealogy in Schools

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I was once seduced into teaching a four session introduction to genealogy for a group of very bright 10 and 11 yearold children. What absolute chaos! One asignment was to ask each parent for the full names of each set of grandparents. One parent refused to let her child call or write her father. Another had to call a father in another country. One kid reported his mother would not tell him who his father was! Several reported 3 grandmothers and four grandfathers. When I was a boy, things were simpler. I was reminded about this when I stumbled on an old query by Jackson Stephens, a grad student in education at Brigham young University back in 2003 Jackson posed some interesting questions on an educators forum>

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What a Journalist might want in Your media kit.

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Journalist and public speaker Lori Allen wrote some of her ideas on things she likes to find in a media kit. Among her ideas were these:

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A Media Kit for the Genealogy Speaker

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I suspect the key to making a living as a professional genealogist may require diversification for some of us. Speaking on genealogy topics is one way to diversify. But it takes more than being a skilled genealogist to market yourself as a speaker. Speakers need to promote themselves as experts in something. one such promotion tool is the media kit.

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Dressed for the Occasion:Tips for Teachers & Speakers

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Back in 1970 when I interrupted my wandering of the South Pacific to enroll in my first year of college, I had a sociology professor who entered the class every morning in ratty looking shoes and a tattered sweatshirt. Essentially an academic slob style. To demonstrate that I was a mature student, I refrained from that appearance.  But I never forgot the man–not for what he taught but for looking like a slob. When we are in front of a group how should we dress?

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Return to Pro Genealogists: Qualities, Skills …

A colleague contacted me about this earlier posting, uncertain that Accredited Genealogists from ICapGen had the same tested skill set as those Certified Genealogists from the Board for Certificaton of Genealogists. So I contacted ICapGen and asked about a couple of things. Karen Clifford replied and has allowed me to share our exchange:

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