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What does it mean to you to be a “professional genealogist”?
As we continue building one of the largest networks of professional researchers in the world, (now with over 360 researchers), we have been looking at what determines whether someone really is a “professional genealogist”.
A lot has been written about what it means to be a professional genealogist. For example, James Tanner wrote a recent article entitled “Are you qualified to be a genealogist?“
Also, I wrote a recent article entitled: “Choosing a Genealogist or Family History Research Firm”
Recently, thanks to a new book by Richard Hite: “Sustainable Genealogy: Separating Fact From Fiction in Family Legends,” I came across a great list of some questions we can ask ourselves to help determine if we truly are family history research professionals:
- Do I recognize when identical surnames conceal varying nationalities?
- Do I understand when and why death certificates can be “wrong”?
- Do I knows when ancestors’ middle names are not family names?
- Do I respect the role of geography in establishing ancestral ties?
- Do I know which records and genealogies I need to take with a grain of salt?
- Do I fully accept the concept that all relationships must be both chronologically plausible and properly sourced?
To learn more about this great book, see: Book Review: “Sustainable Genealogy: Separating Fact From Fiction in Family Legends“
What additional questions would you add to this list?
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