Education Plan: Have you got one?

Most who know me know that I thrive on learning new things. I finished my MBA with a concentration in Project Management in 2006 and took a few years off before completing the Boston University Genealogical Certificate Program in December 2012 and ProGen Study Group in February 2013. During the ProGen 13 course, I was required to write an education plan. I haven’t been writing them formally since then, but I thought it might be fun to lay it out in writing for the year and perhaps others might benefit from learning about some educational opportunities in the genealogy field. Boston University Advanced Forensic Genealogy GEN222 – I have heard great things about this course from a few friends who have attended. The course description states, “This course not only presents the practical and theoretical aspects of conducting a commercial practice in forensic genealogy, it also offers instruction on creative elements essential to successful casework. By working through actual case studies, students will learn innovative ways to conduct the investigative process by locating sources of information, analyzing data, and reporting findings.” I have two prerequisite homework assignments to complete before the course in August and I plan to make the most of them! What could be better than a week in Boston? I really wanted to take the Family History Writing course being offered. Decisions, decisions! Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy Advanced Genealogical Methods Track 9 – This course is a must do for all serious genealogists! The course description states, “The course will address advanced use of evidence from a variety of genealogical records and research in populations...

A Day at the National Archives in Waltham

For some, a visit to the National Archives is routine but for those of us who don’t live nearby, it is a special treat.  Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit NARA in Waltham, Massachusetts, attend a 1940 Census Workshop sponsored by the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, see some old friends, and make some new ones.  All in all, a great day in genealogy land! When I walked in, the guard said, “It’s 8:01!  I wondered who was coming in the parking lot at this hour.  You don’t mess around.”  No, Sir, I don’t.  By 8:10 I had my coat put away, my belongings in a locker, and was learning the ropes.  The staff is extremely nice and, since I came prepared with a list, I was able to do my lookups pretty quickly. Once I had my list, one of the staff assisted me to complete an application for researcher identification and showed me how to complete the Reference Service Slip.  Since it was a busy day, they asked if it would be ok if they gave me copies at no charge.  That was certainly fine with me, although I can see that it’s going to be a little trickier for me to come up with proper source citations this way. By the time I finished my lookups, people from MSOG started coming in.  Pat Stano-Carpenter, President of Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, gave me her I <3 Indexing pin.  Thank you, Pat!  I love goodies!  It was great to see everyone. Jean Nudd, NARA Archivist, gave a presentation about the 1940 census.  I can’t wait to dig in and read the...

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