Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice & Standards edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills is off the presses and ready for distribution. This volume is an entirely new replacement for the 2001 edition of this well-received guide to developing a career in genealogy. Times have changed.
This is a revised guide to developing and maintaining a professional genealogy career and contains excellent advice for genealogists at any stage of their career–not just those getting started. It also contains good advice for those who may have developed their career in a series of fits and starts. If you’ve been thinking of taking your research “up a notch” and migrating to a career in genealogy, there is a great deal of information to help you make that decision.
Remember that some professional genealogists are full time researchers (or lecturers, writers, etc.) and others are professional on a a part time basis–perhaps enough to “pay for their habit,” supplement the income when their significant other has full-time benefited employment, or augment income after retirement from their first career. Not all professional genealogists are full time and not all professional genealogists work directly in a genealogical field.
It’s not a guide to how to research. There are other books for that. It’s important to remember that if you are thinking of turning your genealogical research into a career, there are quite a few things to think about. Starting a genealogy career is more than simply calling yourself a professional after having researched for a while and putting out your shingle. This book, with chapters written by a variety of experts in the field, will guide you through that process.
You may decide professional genealogy is for you or you may decide it is not. But giving some thought and consideration to the process is advised. This book will help you to do that.