Monthly Archives: August 2016

Becoming a Professional Genealogist: My Journey – Part 8

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

The final post in this series ends with a brief discussion of some unexpected purchases triggered by the business decisions I made in this start up. The purchases were mostly technical and equipment. First financial. I had been using Quicken Deluxe for many, many years to maintain our family finances and using Turbo Tax to do our family income tax. […]

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Becoming a Professional Genealogist: My Journey – Part 7

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

To wrap up marketing, I need to discuss trade shows. I discovered our local trade shows as a member of the South Carroll Business Association (SCBA). The SCBA Expo was held annually in the Spring. I found the pricing reasonable and members got an early bird discount. I decided to try it out to see if it was an effective […]

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Becoming a Professional Genealogist: My Journey – Part 6

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

Part 6 of my journey to become a professional genealogist expands my marketing efforts into lecturing and volunteering. While I had to create and give presentations in my prior career, lecturing on genealogy to the general public and organizations was a very different matter. Generally, the presentations that I had previous done were mostly status reports on various projects I […]

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Tuesday’s Tip – Try Browsing

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

…the census, that is. I would like to talk about browsing online census records as an effective, although last ditch effort, to finding an ancestor. While you can browse any records, this technique works best with records like the census where you can go through families one by one. This approach can be used with any website housing census records […]

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Becoming a Professional Genealogist: My Journey – Part 5

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

Now for the big topic—MARKETING. When it came to marketing, I was completely ignorant. I was an IT Specialist in my prior profession and had taken some college courses in business, finance and accounting but not, heaven forbid, marketing or sales. I truly dreaded this part of the job. In fact, I think it was this component of being self-employed […]

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