Monthly Archives: July 2006

“I’m not as good as I once was…” (encore)

..”But I’m as Good, once, as I ever was”

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So sings Toby Keith, who has come to understand the difference between competence and performance. Years ago I owned a book by Marina K. Burt and Heidi Dulay written for teachers of English as a second language (ESL) in which they demonstrated that learners often do not perform to their level of competence. Learners make “goofs” not errors in this situation. Teachers and lecturers do the same.

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More Irish Genealogy Classes On-Line

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Here’s another online class for Irish researchers from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. The class, Irish Archival Respositories is a basic class part of an impressive Irish genealogy program they offer.  Here’s a description of the class:

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Chinese Canadian Genealogy Website

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The Hermit Poet, my only son, is Chinese Canadian, so I  was delighted  when Janet Tomkins sent along this notice about a website for Chinese Canadian Genealogy. Here’s what she wrote.

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New On-line Class for French Genealogy

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A new on-line class iis starting 17 July that will have limited appeal for most, but is eagerly awaited by a lot of people just the same. “French: Understanding the Language” is the first of a new program in French genealogy offered by the National Institute for Genealogical Studies.  

Here is the description.

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Lecture and Workshop Topics for Professional Genealogists

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Ever been asked to speak to a chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists? Now there’s a group you can present the challenging topics to. Here are some topics for lectures or workshops some speakers have done for the pros. Continue reading

Know Your Audience

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The amazing Patricia Walls Stamm has an interesting article in the latest issue of the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly (APGQ) June 2006, page 83-84 entitled “Know your Audience”.  Take a good look. She writes,

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Do You Need a Virtual Assistant?

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An email yesterday asked that question. I was curious, as i’d never heard of a virtual assistant before, just what it was. Turns out its a person, not a PDA! The International Association of Virtual Assistants is made up of hundreds of bright, capable folks, many working from home, who do contract and hourly work for clients. They usually have multiple skills. For example, one specialized in bookkeeping, and related tasks, another secretarial. Many do custom design work: letterhead, busines cards, web sites, brochures, newsletter templates etc. Some will manage your databases, updating and running reports. Some will create strategies to increase your web exposure. What do I need to help me run my genealogy speaking business? Continue reading