Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Transitional and Professional Genealogists Study Group Information

There are two Study Groups currently operating as a result of efforts by members of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) Mailing List to provide study opportunities for researchers who consider themselves "Transitional Genealogists."

Angela McGhie is the coordinator for both study groups, and has written a summary post here on the Transitional Genealogists Forum (TGF) mailing list.

The description of the two groups is:

1) The NGSQ Article Study Groups accept new members on an ongoing basis. These groups meet once a month online to discuss an article from the NGS Quarterly. This study is based on the model set forth by Dr. William M.Litchman where each participant reads the selected article from the NGSQ several times making notes about the research techniques, evidence and logic used in solving the genealogy problem. Members meet online to discuss the methodology used in the article and take turns moderating the discussions.

2) The Pro Gen Study Groups cover the research procedures and business practices outlined in Professional Genealogy edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills. There are two study groups currently running and I keep a list of others interested in participating. When there are enough people ready to participate we will form a third group. Each month members study one or two chapters of Professional Genealogy and complete a practical assignment relating to the chapter. Members then review assignments and give feedback.

If you want to participate in either or both of these groups, please read the mailing list article and contact Angela with your desire and commitment.

I have participated in both study groups over the past year, and have gained more experience in analyzing records and case studies, and more knowledge about what it takes to become a professional genealogist.

One of the real benefits of each group is getting to know the members of the group on a personal and professional level. We chat via Windows Live Messenger each month, exchange email, share homework assignments, and enjoy bantering on Facebook. These are some of my professional colleagues, even though I haven't met many of them.


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