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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, August 2
Get Paid Doing What You Love: Careers at Ancestry  (Webinars)
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Presented by Kory Meyerink, AG, FUGA on 2 Aug 2022.

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With over 1,000 employees, Ancestry is the largest commercial family history employer in the world! If you want a career in genealogy, Ancestry, with great pay and an outstanding benefit package, should be your first consideration. We’re hiring, full and part-time positions!

Forty years in genealogy has given Kory Meyerink the opportunity to be involved in every aspect of this important and growing field. After mentoring with several locally prominent genealogists, he conducted professional research for companies and individual clients, followed by ten years at the Family History Library coordinating the creation of their instructional publications. After writing chapters for The Source and The Library, he was commissioned to write and edit Printed Sources, which became an ALA award winning reference book. He was the first acquisitions manager for a fledgling electronic publisher later known as Ancestry. He returned to his roots as a researcher for individuals and was a co-founder of ProGenealogists, helping grow the business until its acquisition by Ancestry. He is now a research manager for the since branded AncestryProGenealogists and one of their first Master Genealogists where this secondary role focuses on the growth, training, and development of the company and its staff. In 2021 he was recognized by Marquis “Who’s Who” for Excellence in Genealogy.

As an educator, Kory taught university level courses in genealogy for BYU and SJSU over a 20-year period. He was also the visionary and founding director for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. He is a popular speaker at local, state, and national conferences and developed the German Research course for the National Institute of Genealogical Studies in Toronto.

His contributions to the genealogical community include six-year stints on the boards of the Utah Genealogical Association (three years as president) and the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen). He has also served as an executive secretary for APG and has written dozens of print and online articles. He holds four genealogical accreditations in Germany and three U.S. regions.

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.