Professional Genealogist - Become one, become a better one (941)


Tutor: Karen Cummings


You can be a successful working genealogist. Whether you are already researching for clients or planning to do so, this 4 week course guides you through the professional skills that form the foundation for success. The course has been prepared in association with the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA). The course begins by stressing how professional research differs from personal research with the focus on standards for research, analysis and reporting. You learn what AGRA requires of its members and how to ensure you measure up. Equally important are the business skills that contribute to success. Topics in this segment of the course include advice on managing your office and UK regulations for the self-employed. Another section of the course presents a practical guide to marketing your business and yourself. We conclude with advice about the ways professional genealogists can stay current with new developments, including IT, and with advice on the advantages of diversifying into writing and lecturing.

Students should note that this course does not give guidance on advanced methods of research or records, and will assume you already have extensive research experience.

STUDENTS SAID "It focused directly on setting up a Genealogy Business. You can buy lots of material on setting up a business but it was brilliant to see this information directed specifically towards Genealogy. Excellent"

"Although the content looked as though it was simple and straightforward, it was presented in a way that broadened my view of the subject and made me rewrite my business plan."

"The emphasis on business skills was just right. The chat sessions were particularly interesting."

Lesson Headings:
  • What is Professionalism? Researching & Reporting
  • Business basics - Managing your office
  • Continuous Professional Development for Genealogists
  • Marketing the business, Marketing yourself

Each lesson includes exercises and activities; a minimum of 1 one-hour chat session per week. See How the Courses Work.

AGRA members should note that there is a discount for this course. Please contact us for your discount code!

Relevant Countries: British Isles

Course Length: 4 weeks
Start Date: 24 Feb 2017
Cost: £47.99

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