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Tuesday, June 7
Degree Discovery: BYU-Idaho Family History Research Program  (Webinars)
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Presented by Margaret A. Chesley on 7 June 2022.

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This class provides information about the BYU-Idaho Family History Research Program educational degrees and individual courses offered. The Family History Research program prepares students for professional work with an advanced understanding and application of the Genealogical Proof Standard. Students learn how to plan, research, document and analyze findings, and write genealogical reports. This degree prepares students for professional work in the genealogical field.

Margaret A. Chesley is the Program Lead for the BYU-Idaho Family History Research Program. She received her bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in Family History and Genealogy and master’s degree from the University of Arizona in Library and Information Science. She is a current PhD student at the University of Strathclyde studying History. Her research area specialties are Switzerland, Germany, and Idaho. She lives with her husband and three children in Burley, Idaho.

Tuesday, July 5
Writing a Quality Research Report  (Webinars)
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Presented by Whitney Tolman on 5 Jul 2022.

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Being a good professional genealogist is more than just being able to do quality research. You have to know how to present it well in a research report to show your clients and others the reasoning behind the conclusions you made. Learning to write well increases the chances of getting a good job in the genealogical field and it also helps as you prepare for credentialing. This class will go over different methods for helping your research reports shine in order to showcase the quality of your research.

Whitney Tolman began a love of family history by sitting with her grandmother and hearing the stories of her ancestors. While getting her B.A. in English from Brigham Young University, she took classes in family history and began researching her own family. She is the author of Rise Up: The Story of the James and Esther Roberts Family, a book which traces one family from the start of each person’s life, down until their deaths. Whitney is the administrative assistant for the Utah Genealogical Association and also works as a professional genealogist, specializing in English research.

Tuesday, September 6
Planning for Professional Success  (Webinars)
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Presented by Lauri Jean Swett on 6 September 2022.

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If we fail to plan, we plan to fail. We want our genealogy business to succeed but do we know how to plan for success? These four plans will lead to better project and time management, provide focus for our effort, allow us to say no to the wrong clients, encourage revenue growth, and give ourselves permission to spend.

Lauri Jean Swett is a presenter, researcher, writer, and volunteer with a certificate in written story telling. Current president of APG’s Heartland Chapter and ProGen graduate. She researches in the United States, Canada, and Scandinavia. Specializes in the Midwest and Sweden.

Tuesday, November 1
How To Build An Email List For Your Genealogy Business (& Why You Should!)  (Webinars)
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Presented by Lisa Lisson on 1 Nov 2022.

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Without an email list for their business, genealogy professionals are missing out on communicating and nurturing current and potential customers. Learn about the many benefits of using an email list and how to choose an email service provider. Then explore how to grow a healthy email list and what to actually email that list that keeps customers (and potential customers) engaged and turns them into super fans!

Lisa Lisson is the head/only honcho over at Are You My Cousin?, where she has helped genealogy researchers around the world learn how to search for and find their ancestors. Through hundreds of genealogy blog posts, YouTube videos, and online master classes, she shares research strategies and how-to tutorials to take the overwhelm out of genealogy research. Find her at

Tuesday, December 6
10 Steps for Organizing for the Busy Genealogist  (Webinars)
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Presented by Cynthia Patton on 6 Dec 2022.

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As a genealogist who hasn't felt overwhelmed with volumes of paper, a steady flood of daily emails, and projects that have been started but never finished? This presentation will tackle dealing with these issues. You will learn how to set up daily routines that ensure you make the most of the time in your day. You will also discover ways to set up filing systems that work across platforms both digital and conventional. Attendees will be provided with a step by step approach to GET ORGANIZED as well as a "Tool Kit" of good ideas to take back and implement in their business and personal life.

Cynthia K. Patton is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel residing in Leavenworth, Kansas. For 12 years she owned Patton Leadership Consulting, providing support to the US Army and helping businesses with time management, organization, and leadership skills. She is a part-time professional genealogist. She holds a certificate in genealogical research from Boston University. Cynthia serves as the Registrar of a local DAR chapter and is a member of numerous local historical and genealogical societies.