ProGen is an 18 month program where aspiring genealogists study the 29 chapters of a book called, Professional Genealogy, A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers and Librarians (PG), under the mentorship of certified genealogists. Using innovative collaborative learning methods, ProGen hones the professional business, writing and analysis skills needed to become a board certified genealogist.
Each month, the group studies one or two chapters from PG and completes a related project. The completed assignments are submitted to the group for review and feedback and then the group meets online to discuss the topic and the assignments. Sounds a little like Chinese water torture, doesn’t it?
Here’s what I hope to gain from this next stage of my genealogy education:
- Confidence that I know how to find, document and share the best information for my clients and my own family tree
- A group of “becoming” genealogists who will bond during the 18 months and who will support me as I launch a serious genealogy career
- Preparation for completing and submitting a portfolio to the Board for Certification of Genealogists
My goal is to become a board certified genealogist*—ProGen is just one more step along the way and I’ll keep you posted as I travel.
*More on this in a future blog post.