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From: "Mary E. Petty - Heirlines, Inc" <>
Subject: Re: [TGF] What are we all doing here, anyway?
Date: Fri, 8 Feb 2008 14:05:28 -0700
Raising children is the great tutorial of my life. My hat is off to you!
I appreciate your thoughts regarding the definition of a transitional-genealogist and the purpose of this forum. Thank you for taking the time from your busy life to respond. It is good to know what our fellows think about their career and business principles. You know the adage -"As a Man thinketh - so is he"- it applies to our profession - professional genealogy research services - as well.
I am particularly interested in the professional route to designation as a professional genealogist/practitioner, the standards and the best practices (etc) of the professional genealogy research services industry. In our evolving industry, a discussion on these elements and a key player - the transitional-genealogist - is essential. Remember, medicine in the 1860's was full of barber-surgeons who were key movers in the critical transitional movement that set the professional -designation route, standards, best practices (etc) into being that we are now familiar with - M.D. And so we can not escape from a discussion about these elements because they will shape the practice and behavior of professional genealogy research services.
Again, thank you Christy for your thoughtful consideration of my questions.
Mary E. Petty, B.A.
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From: [mailto:] On Behalf Of Christy Fillerup
Sent: Friday, February 08, 2008 1:11 PM
To: Transitional Genealogists List
Subject: [TGF] What are we all doing here, anyway?
Hi all, I'd like to preface this with the fact that I am not the list administrator in any way, shape, or form, but I have not seen Claude on this list for a while, so it's up to those of us posting to determine what our purpose is.
As others have stated this list has, thus far, seemed to relate more directly to genealogy as a business. (After the APG discussion I just might strike "professional" from my vocabulary altogether. <g>) When Claude first posted to the message board back in December he also referred to a desire for this list to be a "safe" place for aspiring "professional" (as in paid to do work for others) genealogists.
In my opinion this list is a "safe" place to ask the basic questions because established researchers choose to visit and answer our questions, we aren't bombarding these researchers with them. As a mother of a two year old it often gets on my nerves when I'm trying to talk to my husband and all I hear is "Mommy, Mommy, Mommy." I love my son, I want to help him, I want to talk to him, but I need a seperate place and time to talk to my husband like a grown up. Now before I get burned at the stake for comparing aspiring professional genealogists to my two year old son, let me remind you that I too fall into that category. We're still learning and growing, and have chosen to recruit the help of those much more experienced in the process. That being said I would encourage everyone to read the APG List as it often gives me much food for thought. When that happens I usually pop over here and post about it. :)
As far as the "professional" as a noun versus "professional" as a verb question, I would hope it would be a non-issue. As long as those who are subscribed to this list, but not trying to start a genealogy business, are ok with all of the posts that relate to genealogy as a business then we're fine.
Cheers to everyone for making this list a comfortable place to ask questions, and for being so willing to answer every one.
Salt Lake City, Utah
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