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Professional Genealogy. a Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians Hardcover – 1 May 2001

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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Professional Genealogy 31 July 2001
By Tim - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This comprehensive manual for professional genealogists is a "must have" for any serious genealogical researcher. Each chapter, which contains sections written by 23 professional genealogists, covers a different aspect of using professional skills to produce quality work. The topics covered include every aspect of professional genealogy, from legalities and ethics, to education, research, compiling research reports, and publishing. Although the manual is intended for professional genealogists, I would strongly recommend it to every hobbyist. There are chapters which are obviously more useful to the professional, such as, "Career Management", but most of the topics simply pertain to producing quality work, and would benefit the serious hobbyist. With 654 pages, it covers the same amount of material as several "lighter" books. It would be hard to imagine a question that is not covered by this manual, which is destined to become the standard in this field.
35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for Professional Genealogists and Hobbiests Alik 18 Dec. 2003
By Sarah Ashley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
You don't have to be a professional to benefit immensely from Professional Genealogy. I purchased this book when I first began offering my services as a professional researcher, and wished I had acquired it sooner.
The book is filled with useful information for professional and hobbyist alike, such as tips on building a library of "essential texts" (including an extensive list of resources for ethnic research), samples of research reports and guidelines for proper reporting, steps for determining the validity of a document, as well as the validity of published research...the list goes on.
Each chapter has been created by a different expert in the field of genealogy, it is well cited, and gives a list of further recommended reading.
I used this text everyday as I was developing my company, and it walked me through the complicated process of writing business plans, creating and executing contracts, organizing, filing, and marketing. This is the perfect gift for the aspiring professional, or anyone who is serious about genealogical research.
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Of immense practical value in the field 13 Jan. 2002
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Ably edited by Elizabeth Mills, Professional Genealogy: A Manual For Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, And Librarians is a core title for any private or professional genealogical reference book collection. Family historians wanting to do independent study, genealogy students needed to familiarize themselves with research standards and resources, professionals in search of benchmarks against which to measure their skills and expertise, will find Professional Genealogy to be an expansive (680 pages) encyclopedia text and indexed reference of immense practical value in the field of genealogical research and recording.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If You're Serious About Your Genealogy... 10 Feb. 2006
By Nancy Burns - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book was a splurge for me, but one that I can definitely say was well worth it! I thought I knew quite a bit about genealogy research, but this book has taught me so much more. Each chapter is written by a professional genealogist who specializes in the topic. While some chapters are geared towards genealogists starting their own research business, most are helpful to all genealogists. Lots of excellent examples of proper research methods and techniques.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Title Tells It All 14 April 2010
By Dr. Sharon G. Whitney - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Professional Genealogy is exactly as it is advertised, a manual or guidebook for professional genealogists, or professional wannabees.
It is not meant for the casual hobbyist. However, the hobbyist who wants to learn what standards professionals should live by, or want to raise their own work to a professional level would be well-advised to read this book. It is on my shelf, because I like to aspire to professional standards even if I never make a business at being a professional genealogist.
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