Becoming an Accredited Genealogist: Plus 100 Tips to Ensure Your Success!

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Ancestry Publishing, 1998 - Business & Economics - 222 pages
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Do you need help in completing all of your personal family history research? Are you curious about how a professional genealogical researcher makes a living? Do you want to understand the steps and procedures involved in attaining the status of Accredited Genealogist? If you answered yes to any of these questions, Becoming an Accredited Genealogist is the resource book for you! Many professionals have established their personal reputation, in part, through the process of accreditation. Author Karen Clifford presents a clear understanding of what should be expected from the efforts of a professional family historian. Anyone can collect money for genealogical research and be called a paid researcher, but the knowledge, training, integrity, and efficiency of genealogists with credentials set them apart. Becoming an Accredited Genealogist will help you through the process of earning your credentials. This revised edition outlines the benefits of being an accredited genealogist and describes the knowledge and basic research skills expected of a professional. It also examines the experience, testing procedures, and application processes required to apply and ultimately pass the test for credentials. Even if your lifetime goal is not to become a professional genealogist, this scholarly work will teach you what to expect whenever you hire a professional to assist your personal family history research challenges!
 

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Contents

WHY THIS BOOK WAS WRITTEN
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1 Unique Features of Various Genealogy Credentialing
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PUBLIC EXPECTATIONS OF A PROFESSIONAL GENEALOGIST
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PUBLIC EXPECTATIONS OF A PROFESSIONAL GENEALOGIST
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THE ACCREDITATION PROCESS
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by the FHL
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4 Pedigree Analysis
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8 Genealogy Computer Programs
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10 The Person Within His Environment sample
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PRACTICAL EXERCISES IN ANALYSIS
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1 a Critical Analysis Form
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3b Record Repository Survey 117
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8 Document Recognition
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21 Document Recognition
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30 Student FourGeneration Pedigree Chart Indicating Research Goal
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PREPARING RESEARCH GUIDES
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ARE YOU READY TO APPLY FOR ACCREDITATION?
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1 New England States Pedigree Analysis
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REPORT WRITING
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1 United States Lineage Societies
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2 The Person Within His Environment
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3 Floor Plan of the Family History Library Obtained Before a Visit
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5 Research Outline for the state of Delaware
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FURTHER EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
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Certification
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Karen Clifford is founder and president of Genealogy Research Associates, Inc., as well as first vice president of the Utah Genealogical Association Board of Directors. Prior to working as an Accredited Genealogist in Midwestern States Research, Clifford specialized in southern states and Scandinavian research. Clifford has authored several family histories and textbooks including Genealogy and Computers for the Complete Beginner: A Step by Step Guide that will aid any interested novice in researching their family history. This was followed by Genealogy and Research for the Advanced Researcher: Pulling It All Together (1995) and Becoming An Accredited Genealogist: Plus 100 Tips to Ensure Your Success (1998). Clifford also edited and illustrated Tidewater Families of the New World and Their Westward Migration. Clifford is a member of the California State Genealogy Alliance where she is also the editor of the organization's Newsletter. She is an instructor in the Associates Degree programs in Library Science-Genealogy and Computers at Hartnell College in Salinas, California, and Monterey Peninsula College in Monterey, California.

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