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From: "Elissa Scalise Powell, CG" <>
Subject: Re: [TGF] Report writing (was Pro bono in South Carolina)
Date: Wed, 11 Mar 2009 23:35:19 -0400
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When I certified as a CGRS (Certified Genealogical Records Specialist) in
1995, the requirements were a bit different. (They have been since
streamlined and consolidated to one credential of CG.) In 1995 I had to
submit 4 client reports. So I went to my drawer and chose 5 that I had
written and liked and wrote to each client for permission to use (4 plus a
backup). That part was easy for me because I had been taking clients for 5
years before I applied for certification. Through them I was able to show a
breadth of knowledge and report styles although there were not as many
formal training opportunities or guides like there are now.

Nowadays there are many models you can view on the BCG website, in the BCG
Genealogical Standard Manual, Professional Genealogy, and in actual
portfolios at the BCG booth at major conferences.

Good luck on the pro bono work. It can be fun and rewarding -- and as you
said stretches your skills and knowledge beyond what your own family and
familiar territory.

-- Elissa in Pittsburgh

Elissa Scalise Powell, CG
CG and Certified Genealogist are Service Marks of the Board for
Certification of Genealogists, used under license after periodic evaluations
by the Board.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: On Behalf Of Janis L Gilmore
> Sent: Wednesday, March 11, 2009 11:16 PM
> I am not on the clock yet, but am working to get my ducks in a row. Much
> my time has been spent doing the "exhaustive research" necessary for the
> kinship project. The client report has been a niggling worry in the back
> my mind. I hope to start the clock by the end of the year.
> My thought was that I could do several pro bono client reports, and hope
> that one of them seems to work well for this purpose.

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