Genealogy Expert

Sharon Murphy mentors professional genealogists who are building a new business or growing their existing company.

Blast from the Past

Came across this the other day, thought it would be of interest.  Note: this was in 2008!! Time marches on!

Ex Libris Association Newsletter

“Bring Out Your Dead or Focus on Genealogy:
Report on the Annual Conference
By Tom Eadie

“At the November 10, 2008 ELA Annual Conference, we were privileged
to hear presentations by Sharon Murphy and Marian Press.
Sharon Murphy has 28 years of experience in genealogy. Currently,
she operates her company, Timelines Genealogical Research, out of Cobourg, Ontario. She spoke on the topic Hiring a Professional Genealogist.
Sharon identified why one might hire a genealogist (professional knowledge
of sources, experience interpreting records, etc.) and outlined ways to stay
within your budget (set limits, organize materials you already have). She
suggested ways to find a genealogist, (through local libraries and genealogical societies) and advised reference checks. The attentive audience learned what they could expect from a professional genealogist and Sharon gave them what amounts to a checklist for anyone considering a career in genealogy. ”

TIP: Talk to groups and organizations about hiring a professional genealogist. It will allow the participants to ask questions and is a great way to advertise without pressure.

Working Alone

As most genealogist know, we need to work alone to be able to focus and concentrate on our work. Hours go by as we delve deeper and deeper into the past, and often we don’t even notice.

The research seems never ending, the only thing that seems more time consuming is the report. Once immersed into the drafting stage of the report it is best to keep going and keep your focus. However, it is not prudent to push beyond your limits. Set your timer for 45 minutes and get up and move around. Have some water, let the dog out, stretch, and then get back to it. After working intensely for 45 minutes your brain needs to reboot. Trust me, things will be clearer and you will be more productive.

Reset the timer, keep track of your hours, and not just in your head. Write it down, enter it in your computer, note it in your client file. Time is money.

Keep in touch with other genealogists, discuss the newest record collections released, new software, industry news in general. Not only is it good for you, they are the only ones that understand what you do. It doesn’t have to be in person if that won’t work. It can be by Skype, phone, email, etc. It does need to happen regularly though. Its’ like a breath of oxygen, it feeds your mind and your need to exchange thoughts and ideas with a colleague. Join your professional association where you will find others of like mind.

So, now you have spent the biggest part of your day alone. If you have family they will be missing you, save some time for them. Turn off your genealogy brain and join the world. Tomorrow is another day!