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Interested in a Pursuing a Genealogy Credential?

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I will be leading the upcoming FREE study group offered by the International Commission for Accreditation of Professional Genealogists for those who want to apply to take their exam to earn the Accredited Genealogist® credential.

To demonstrate an interest in participating in my study group, fill out the form at this web page under the “Study Group Interest Form” link:

http://www.icapgen.org/icapgen-study-groups/

I hope to see you there! 🙂

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New Italian-Language Genealogy Book

Hot off the presses in Italy, a new Italian-language book about genealogy research in the bel paese!

I just ordered my own copy, and Amazon Italia tells me it will be here sometime in June, so stay tuned for my review, which I will have ready sometime next month! 🙂

Click the image to view where to purchase a copy:

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Click to view in Amazon Italia

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My Review in the APGQ

I recently wrote a review of Robert Charles Anderson’s book Elements of Genealogical Analysis, an excellent book that I recommend for all serious genealogy researchers:

My review was published in the Dec. 2014 issue of the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly:

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New Italian Document Transcription on My Site

I sometimes tell my top-performing university students that their excellent research reports would make for great advertisements on their web sites once they become professional genealogists. But then it occurred to me: I had never posted sample work products on my own site!

So in order to set a better example for my students, I plan to start rolling out samples of my genealogy work products in the coming months.

This week, I added to my web site a 1700’s Italian letter that I translated and transcribed for a client. I post it here with the client’s permission, and hope it adequately illustrates just how fun Italian genealogy research can be. These old, often deteriorating, documents make for fun reading, don’t they? I couldn’t imagine a career more exciting than genealogy!

To see my eventual transcription and translation of this document, click on the image itself:

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The Other Side of My Forensic Genealogy Work

A recent article in Popular Science shows the KIA/POW soldier remains repatriation efforts in which I am involved as a forensic genealogist for US Army Contractor SNA International.

Here is a link to the full article: http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2013-08/robotic-search-wwii-airmen

While these brave men are pulling downed planes form the ocean, I am on the other side of the story, researching the descendants of the soldiers aboard such planes, so that a living DNA donor can be found to help identify those remains:

My Work With the US Army’s JPAC

This article details the effort for which I work behind the scenes as a forensic genealogist: http://www.delmartimes.net/2013/08/12/patriot-profiles-%E2%80%98we-have-your-grandfather%E2%80%99s-remains%E2%80%99/

While I am busy researching the family trees of fallen soldiers, in search of living DNA donors who can be matched to their fallen soldier-ancestor’s remains, these brave men and women are out exploring, excavating, and–as this powerful photo shows–honoring the brave soldiers who lost their lives in past wars:

Rescuers saluting the recovered remains of fallen soldiers; photo originated at this link.

Rescuers saluting the recovered remains of fallen soldiers; photo originated at this link.

My Article in BYU-Idaho’s Magazine

My faculty conference presentation was selected for publication in the Winter 2013 edition of BYU-Idaho’s magazine, Perspective. You can view my article at the “Pattern of the Prophets” link when you click on the image, below:

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Also, because the magazine’s version left out all italics in the titles I cited and the emphases I added to certain quotes, I’ve posted an image copy of my original, italics-included draft in Word at http://www.academia.edu/2524582/Pattern_of_the_Prophets_Expounding_in_the_Book_of_Mormon

My Speaking Engagement

I teach online genealogy courses for BYU-Idaho

I will be speaking tomorrow at the Brigham Young University-Idaho 2012 Faculty Conference tomorrow. I am in Idaho all week for this event, so if you are having a hard time reaching me, this blog post explains why. I will be in Salt Lake doing research for the remainder of the week, so you probably won’t hear from me until after I return to Virginia next week.

 

GHL Family History Fair

This weekend, the State Library of North Carolina will be hosting a Family History fair. I will be there, offering free genealogy consultations at the “Ask an Expert” table, so be sure to stop by and get all the help you can with your family trees; genealogists charge $50 to $100 per hour for consultations, so this fair will be a wonderful opportunity to get help with your family tree, free of charge.

Be sure to gather up your documents, prepare a list of questions, and get there early.

I’ll see you at the fair! 🙂