APG-L Archives

Archiver > APG > 2008-05 > 1211550831

Subject: Re: [APG] Genealogy instructors organization
Date: Fri, 23 May 2008 09:53:51 -0400
References: <43294.33983.qm@web50412.mail.re2.yahoo.com>
In-Reply-To: <43294.33983.qm@web50412.mail.re2.yahoo.com>

Granted, lecturing and teaching require different mixes of preparation, skill and style.? However, I agree with Elissa that one should think twice about creating too many narrow-interest organizations, all competing for the same volunteer time.? Maybe, we should be thinking more in terms of a somewhat broader group of genealogical "educators" that brings different lecturers, instructors, and maybe even some writers, together.? Just a thought

J. H. Fonkert, CG
Saint Paul, MN

-----Original Message-----
From: D <>
Sent: Fri, 23 May 2008 1:02 am
Subject: Re: [APG] Genealogy instructors organization

Marc, and all interested:
I think an organization for genealogical instructors is a wonderful idea. I'd
love to be a part of it. We could, in the spirit of not reinventing the wheel,
take what works for the societies for writers and speakers and then brainstorm a
bit on what would additionally be of use for us as instructors. I think, for
example, that a syllabus database would be a valuable resource.


Daniel V. Donatacci, MFA, LMT (NY)
Member, APG (NY Metro & New England)
Department of English and American Literature
Department of Women's and Gender Studies
-Brandeis University
Department of Library and Information Science
-San Jose State University

Phone: 201.213.4367
Location: Fair Lawn, NJ and Waltham, MA

"Education: That which discloses
to the wise & disguises from the fool
their lack of understanding"
-Ambrose Bierce


Howdy folks,
Going to the NGS conference (which was a great and almost overwhelming
experience) has really set me back in getting to my email, so forgive me
if this has already been addressed here.

On the last day of the conference, I was talking with several folks at
the APG booth, asking if anyone knew of an existing organization for
genealogy instructors, as we have with speakers and writers. No one I
talked to knew of one. If any of you know of one, please let me know.

Anticipating for the moment that the answer is negative, I want to see
if there is enough interest is starting one. Everyone at the APG booth
sounded interested (and I think most taught genealogy). As a (relatively
new) instructor myself, I thought it might be useful to share
experiences in teaching methods, content, marketing, teaching at
different levels, etc.

Anticipating the upcoming American version of Who Do You Think You Are,
I'm hoping there will be a dramatic increase in interest amongst the
general public, resulting in higher demand for genealogy classes,
professional genealogy services, speakers, need for genealogy societies,

Although I have little time for another project in my life (who of us
do?), I'm willing to get this off the ground if there is enough interest
and one or two brave souls willing to help out. Your thoughts?

Mark Fearer
Boulder, CO


To unsubscribe from the list, please send an email to
with the word 'unsubscribe' without the quotes in the subject and the body of
the message

This thread: