Several terms are applied to individuals that are interested in their ancestors. Those who are fascinated by the story but not really interested in the data could be termed amateurs. Moving up a rung on the ladder would be the hobbyists, who gather photos, letters and family memorabilia to share with others. They quite often are members of societies, are familiar with local history, and help others to find their ancestors. This group is quite underestimated, in that many have self-taught expertise and are quite knowledgeable. However, most of them do not charge money for their assistance. The next step is to operate at the "professional" level, which requires perspective, attitude, methods, process, and some business skills. This webinar will discuss various ways to make that transition.
Claire V. Brisson-Banks, B.S. MLIS, AG®, is accredited in England, and Mountain States, a professional researcher for US/Canada, Scotland and Web 2.0 technology. Currently she is a Family History Professor for BYU-Idaho's online Family History Program. She was a British Isles Consultant and a Technology Specialist for the Family History Library, SLC, UT. She is a Trustee for ISBGFH and a member of multiple societies. She has various Family History Series on Hang-outs through You Tube and has multiple Family History articles in various blogs as well as academic articles. She is the author of The Social Media Guide for Ancestral Research: Using Web 2.0 Strategies. Her website is www.timelessgen.com.