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Subject: Re: [APG] Doing genealogy for a living
Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2007 00:26:40 EDT
In a message dated 9/9/2007 10:46:53 P.M. Central Daylight Time,
Before venturing into heirship, both the genealogist and the clients would
benefit from the genealogist having at least a couple of year's experience
with in-depth research for paying clients. The researcher should have training
and education in more advanced research techniques and in evidence analysis,
be able to write good client reports and properly cite sources, not to
mention having a thorough understanding of the state probate and intestacy laws.
When attorneys and judges ask for resumes, they're looking for something more
substantial than having done one's family genealogy for a bunch of years.
Should the case require testimony and cross-examination, the genealogist may
need to vigorously defend not only the results of the research, but also their
own experience and training.
I would like to echo Dee Dee's statement above. The experience one attains
doing client research polishes skills you might not even realize need
polishing. It isn't just the advanced research or the ability to write a good report,
but you learn how to handle situations with massive amounts of evidence that
is used to prove several different things at different times on different
people in the report process.
Rondina P. Muncy
Lone Star Genealogy
2960 Trail Lake Drive
Grapevine, Texas 76051-2646
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