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While there is no 4-year degree in genealogy yet available, many opportunities to learn are out there.  Most genealogists bring to the field research and study habits that have served them well in other fields.  This is what I bring to my genealogy work. 

  • ProGen: is an 18-month group study that covers all aspects of conducting a professional genealogy business.

  • NIGR (now GenFed): is an intensive 1-week course at the National Archives to become familiar with the many types of records held there and how to access them.

  • Conferences: are a great way to learn.  There are tracks that focus on a specific issue or on a particular type of record.

  • Reading: Memberships in societies bring subscriptions to their journals.  Keeping up with the literature is a must.

  • Speaking:  Preparing a lecture is a great way to consolidate one's ideas.  Audience questions can refine the issues one covers.

  • Writing: This, too, makes an author collate, organize, and analyze information.  Such a contribution to the field lasts. 

Degrees & Certificates
  • ProGen 2011

  • NIGR 2008

  • Ph.D. University of Chicago, Medieval Art, 12th Century French Sculpture, 1996

  • B.A. George Washington University, French & Russian Language & Literature, 1977

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