Professional GenealogyWell, I've done it. I joined the APG, the Association of Professional Genealogists (http://www.apgen.org/). Labor Day weekend we went to the cabin, as we do every year. I took only one book with me to read - Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Lecturers, and Librarians, ed. Elizabeth Shown Mills. Reading it filled me with respect for the authors of the various chapters, which cover most aspects of doing professional genealogy, and deepened my desire to raise the quality of my research and reporting. What triggered me to actually join, however, was my father's remark that one of his friends would be contacting me to do some research for him. I haven't decided whether or not I will take on a client, but if I do, I want to have the protection of membership in the APG. I've been on the APG list for quite a while, and have learned quite a bit as a reader and participant.
I have no idea whether or not I'll decide to certify as a genealogist eventually, but for now, membership in the APG felt like a necessary and appropriate step. I think next I would like to join NGS, and start reading the Quarterly (http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/). But one step at a time.
Finding a Professional Genealogist: http://genweblog.blogspot.com/2006/09/finding-professional-genealogist.html
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