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Going Pro: Transitional Genealogists Forum

Posted by on May 30, 2011

As I mentioned in My Development Plan, I am working towards offering professional genealogy services as my second (aka, a “chosen” career as opposed to the morphing of skills and experience that has placed me in a position I never would have imagined).  A wealth of knowledge and experience is represented in the RootsWeb maillist “Transitional Genealogists Forum.”  The best part is that it’s not just transitionals asking other transitionals the same questions they have.  It actually has seasoned and renowned members who continue to share with the newbies.  Recently, there’s been discussion about software (time tracking, screen capture), website hosting, projectors, location specific questions, record specific questions (those little idiosyncrasies that aren’t, and really can’t be, covered in reference material).

I’m just a lurker (there’s A LOT of intimidation factor for me because I recognize these names…yes, from elsewhere than on the list!) but I learn so very much.  So if you’re thinking about going pro, join the list (you can receive in digest mode if you like) and browse the archives.  I usually have short-lived affairs with maillists because it just gets overwhelming in volume and/or I’m just not getting what I thought I would out of it.  But I joined this one April 2010 and am still always excited to see what the discussions are!

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