- Hardcover: 654 pages
- Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Company (May 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0806316489
- ISBN-13: 978-0806316482
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.4 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians
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The book is filled with useful information for professional and hobbyist alike, such as tips on building a library of "essential texts" (including an extensive list of resources for ethnic research), samples of research reports and guidelines for proper reporting, steps for determining the validity of a document, as well as the validity of published research...the list goes on.
Each chapter has been created by a different expert in the field of genealogy, it is well cited, and gives a list of further recommended reading.
I used this text everyday as I was developing my company, and it walked me through the complicated process of writing business plans, creating and executing contracts, organizing, filing, and marketing. This is the perfect gift for the aspiring professional, or anyone who is serious about genealogical research.
It is not meant for the casual hobbyist. However, the hobbyist who wants to learn what standards professionals should live by, or want to raise their own work to a professional level would be well-advised to read this book. It is on my shelf, because I like to aspire to professional standards even if I never make a business at being a professional genealogist.
That's what is in this tome...knowledge and lots of it. I've been doing genealogy for over 40yrs and I think if it's not in this then it's not worth worrying about.
The only downside is that it doesn't have a lot on the internet, but that's ok, because at the end of the day, you need a good foundation on the basics in family history genealogy and this is the book for that!
It covers all the things that you need to know about going into business as a Family Historian/Genealogist - covering contracts, business planning, research, evidence analysis, family histories, proofing, indexing & editing, book reviews and classroom teaching.
In all a well rounded overview of everything you would want to consider to become a Genealogist!
Provides practical information on a variety of important fronts. Chapters written by outstanding professionals, and very readable. It is a hefty hardback, quite comprehensive in scope, and well worth the price.
Even if you have been a professional genealogist for a few years, as I have, "Professional Genealogy" is a benefit.
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Haven't finished it yet and already have a new insight to going pro.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is a great book for the genealogist who is looking into becoming a professional. I purchased this book for the ProGen course and have referred back to it several times after... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Patricia A. Stanard
If you're considering working with genealogy in any form this is the book to buy.Published 13 months ago by Melinda
When I retire I want to be a professional Genealogist. I would like to intern for someone/company first to make sure I have the correct skills.Published 14 months ago by Libby
It was a good book, but my wife had it, opps thought I would surprise her. Anything geology that Elizabeth Shown Mills write is a keeper and tool in the home library.Published 15 months ago by Wolfram Hentschel