Intermediate Professional Development
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Course image Demystifying Culture and Folklore
Intermediate Professional Development and Business Skills
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: Demystifying Culture and Folklore

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Culture and its accompanying behaviors, traditions, stories, etc. (folklore) are an integral part of who we are as human beings. This course encourages students to explore their own roots to determine how their primary cultures (race, ethnicity, nationality) have influenced their ancestors over the generations, and how their subcultures (religion, family, occupations, etc.) have been formed and influenced by the intergenerational folklore passed down from ancestors. 

To accomplish these goals, students will be encouraged to apply course theory to their own lives and the lives of their forebears in personal application essays. 

Course Length: 7 weeks

Contact Hours: 18
Grading Scale: 70% Tests/30% Assignments
Course Length: 7 weeks
Course Content

MODULE 1
THE VALUE OF FOLKLORE WITHIN A CULTURE
Definitions of Terms
Importance of the Role of Culture in the Subject
Subculture (or Sub-culture)
Folklore/Folkways as a Cohesive Element for the Culture
The Relationship of Culture to Folklore and Vice Versa

MODULE 2
HOW CULTURE AFFECTED OUR IMMIGRANT ANCESTORS’ LIVES
Definitions of Terms
Elements of a Culture
Assumption of Similarities
Language Differences
Nonverbal Misinterpretations
Preconceptions and Stereotypes
Tendency to Evaluate
High Anxiety

MODULE 3
CULTURAL ASSIMILATION
Definitions of Terms
Power Distance in Cultures
Uncertainty Avoidance
How the Terminology and Theories are Applicable to the Lives of Our Immigrant Ancestors and Their Folkways
Creating the Bigger Picture as it Relates to Your Own and Your
Ancestors’ Lives

MODULE 4
FAMILY FOLKLORE & BORMANN’S THEORY OF SYMBOLIC CONVERGENCE
Definitions of Terms
Symbols
Symbolic Convergence
Creating the Bigger Picture as it Relates to Your Own and Your Ancestors’ Lives

MODULE 5
FAMILY FOLKLORE AND JOSEPH CAMPBELL’S THEORIES OF HEROES
Definitions of Terms
Creating the Bigger Picture as it Relates to Your Own and Your Ancestors’ Lives

MODULE 6
CONNECTION BETWEEN ANCESTOR AND LEGENDS AND OUR LIVES TODAY
Definitions of Terms
Creating the Bigger Picture as it Relates to Your Own and Your Ancestors’ Lives
Course image Research: House and Farm Histories
Intermediate Professional Development and Business Skills
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: Research: House and Farm Histories

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Conducting research on property can be as rewarding as conducting research on ancestors. The goal of this course is to teach the student to understand the various documents and research necessary to develop and present a house and/or farm history. Throughout this course, the student will build their understanding of house and farm related documents from established text and assignments that will require the student to practice their skills.  

Course Length: 7 weeks

Contact Hours: 18
Grading Scale: 70% Tests/30% Assignments
Course Length: 7 weeks
Course Content

MODULE 1
BUILDING THE FOUNDATION: HOUSE RESEARCH
Why Conduct House History Research?
Architectural Glossary
Architectural Styles of Houses
Suggested Reading and Resources
Plan Books & Catalogs

MODULE 2
MAIL ORDER HOMES & HOUSE KIT COMPANIES
Mail Order Homes
Sears, Roebuck and Company
Aladdin Company
Pacific Homes
Gordon-Van Tine Co.
Montgomery Ward
Lewis Manufacturing Company - Liberty Homes
International Mill & Timber Co. - Sterling Homes
Ray H. Bennett Lumber Company
Chicago House Wrecking Co. - Harris Brothers
E. F. Hodgson Company
Strandlunds Lustron Company - Lustron Homes
Additional House Kit Companies
Suggested Reading and Resources

MODULE 3
MAPPING IT OUT
The Physical Address
Maps
Interim Report
Google Earth
Google Maps
Historypin
WhatWasThere
David Rumsey Historical Map Collection
HistoryGeo.com
Suggested Reading and Resources

MODULE 4
THE PAPER TRAIL: LAND RECORDS
Introduction
Legal Property Description
Previous Research
Land Glossary
Visit to the Land Office
Grantor and Grantee
Transfer Books
Mortgages
Court Records
Mechanic’s Lien
Tax Assessment
Building Permit
Blueprint
Suggested Reading and Resources

MODULE 5
THE PEOPLE TRAIL: PREVIOUS OWNERS & OCCUPANTS
Previous Owners and Occupants
Photographs and Drawings
Biographical and Historical
Suggested Reading and Resources

MODULE 6
DIGGING UP DIRT: FARM RESEARCH
Land Records
Homestead Act of 1862
Census
Agricultural Schedules
Centennial Farms
Barns and Outbuildings
Suggested Reading and Resources
Course image Personal Historian: Telling the Stories
Intermediate Professional Development and Business Skills
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: Personal Historian: Telling the Stories

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Telling the stories of our ancestors must go beyond the basics of names, dates, and places. We can use those pieces as a foundation but must, as a home builder does, add layers and stories to that foundation. 

This course will help you add a Personal Historian component to your business by demonstrating the many layers available. Those layers add depth to both personal and client projects and additional revenue streams to a business. 

Course Length: 7 weeks

Contact Hours: 18
Grading Scale: 70% Tests/30% Assignments
Course Length: 7 weeks
Course Content

MODULE 1
INTRODUCTION
Adding a Personal Historian Business Component
Pieces of the Personal Historian Puzzle
Collaboration or Business Component?
Personal Historian Educational Opportunities
Personal Historian Income Stream

MODULE 2
GENEALOGY AND HISTORICAL RESEARCH
Genealogists and Personal Historians
Building the Foundation
Interviewing
Add Layers of Personal History
Add Layers of Social History
Add Layers of Historical Research
Outlining the Story

MODULE 3
COMMUNICATION, ORAL HISTORY, AND WRITING
Communication and Interviewing
Additional Tips for Interviewing
Oral History Techniques
Oral History Programs, Archives, and Organizations
Transcribing the Oral History Interview
Writing & Editing the Oral History Interview
The Story as a Book
The Story Told Online

MODULE 4
AUDIO, VISUAL, AND PHOTOGRAPHS
Introduction
Audio & Video Skills
Photo Skills
Print Design and Publishing
Designing a Book
Book Contents
Design
Publishing Options

MODULE 5
TEACHING AND PUBLIC SPEAKING
Introduction
Educational Options
Learning from Mentors
Basics of Public Speaking and Teaching
Avenues of Public Speaking and Teaching
Biography Writing
Legacy Letters or Ethical Wills
Memoir Writing
Photographs and Albums
Consulting on Personal History

MODULE 6
ADDITIONAL SERVICES
Introduction
Archiving, Preservation, Conservation
Education
Project Management and Consulting
Additional Niche Products and Services
Course image Photography: Clues Pictures Hold, Editing, Digitizing and Various Projects
Intermediate Professional Development and Business Skills
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: Photography: Clues Pictures Hold, Editing, Digitizing and Various Projects

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A picture is worth a thousand words, so photographs are an integral part of telling a story. This course is designed to help students use and identify photographs to document their family history. Students are encouraged to apply the methods in this course to make the best use of their own family photos and/or those of their genealogy clients. 

Assignments will focus on practical applications of methods using photographs. Students will learn ways to obtain family photographs, archive them physically and digitally, determine the photographic processes used, date the photographs, and identify people and other details in the images. 

Although this course is part of the Professional Development Certificate program, it is suitable for those with a general interest in family photographs. 

Course Length: 9 weeks

Contact Hours: 24
Grading Scale: 70% Tests/30% Assignments
Course Length: 9 weeks
Course Content

MODULE 1
INTRODUCTION
Finding Family Photographs
Handling Photographs
Storing Photographs
Digitizing Old Photographs

MODULE 2
A BRIEF HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY AND PHOTOGRAPHIC PROCESSES
History of Photography
Photographic Processes

MODULE 3
ANALYZING THE PHOTOGRAPH CONTENT
Provenance
Where was the photograph found?

How & when was the photograph taken?
Who took the photograph & where?
Who is in the photograph?
What is in the photograph?
Why was the photograph taken?
Post-Mortem Photography

MODULE 4
DATE PHOTOGRAPHS USING CLOTHING STYLES, 1839-1950s
Analyzing Clothing in Photographs
How People Use Clothing
Women’s Clothing
Men’s Clothing
Asian Clothing
African-American Clothing
Native American Clothing
Military Uniforms
Children’s Clothing

MODULE 5
DATING PHOTOGRAPHS USING HAIRSTYLES, 1839-1950s
Hairstyles
Women’s Hairstyles
Men’s Hairstyles
Children’s Hairstyles


MODULE 6
IDENTIFYING FACES IN PHOTOGRAPHS & ARTISTIC RENDERINGS
Identifying People in Photographs
Face Recognition Software
Face Analysis
Observation Techniques

MODULE 7
IDENTIFYING PEOPLE IN PHOTOGRAPHS BASED ON WRITTEN DESCRIPTIONS
Where Can Descriptions Be Found?
Problems with Descriptions
Variations in Descriptions
Descriptions of Appearance
Descriptions of Personality
Obtaining Written Descriptions

MODULE 8
PHOTOGRAPHIC SERVICES GENEALOGISTS CAN PROVIDE
Photography-Related Services
Identification of Faces & Events
Archiving Images
Digitizing Photographs & Documents
Digitizing & Editing Home Movies
Digital Restoration
Photography & Scanning
Course image Writing for Genealogy: Articles, Blogs, Research Reports and so much more
Intermediate Professional Development and Business Skills
Course Summary:

Note: This course requires compulsory materials to be ordered. The book is available at GenealogyStore.com

  1. Mills, Elizabeth Shown, Professional Genealogy: A manual for researchers, writers, editors, lecturers and librarians (2001; reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 2012).

Optional Print Course Material: Writing for Genealogy: Articles, Blogs, Research Reports and so much more

*Course material will only be sent to students who are registered in the course.

Writing is an essential part of the work of a professional genealogist. Whether you choose to lecture, research for clients, or write content for others, it is important to not only know how to write but to understand how to incorporate various kinds of writing into your business. This course looks at the different types of writing you may do as a working genealogist and gives tips for resources to help further your knowledge of writing. In this course we will examine continuing education, writing client reports, business writing, writing for societies and for editors. 

Course Length: 7 weeks


Contact Hours: 18
Grading Scale: 70% Tests/30% Assignments
Course Length: 7 weeks
Course Content

MODULE 1
INTRODUCTION
Introduction to Writing
Education
Books and Websites
Improving Your Skills Through Writing Groups and Writing Practice
Writer’s Resources

MODULE 2
WRITING WORLD ONLINE
Introduction to Writing Online
Blogs
Social Media
Marketing
Website Content

MODULE 3
BUSINESS OF GENEALOGY WRITING
Introduction to Genealogy Business Writing
Writing Your Bio
Correspondence and Proposal Writing
Lectures
Syllabus Materials
Case Studies and Proof Analysis

MODULE 4
WRITING FOR SOCIETIES AND ORGANIZATIONS
Introduction to Writing Societies & Organizations
Writing for Organizations
Indexing Projects
Transcription, Abstract, and Extract Projects
Writing and Editing
Writing Contests

MODULE 5
RESEARCH REPORTS
Standards for a Genealogical Research Report
Essential Elements of a Formal Report
The Working Background
The Body of the Report
Technical and Other Hints
Citing Your Sources
Suggestions For Other Sources
Bibliography Notes

MODULE 6
ARTICLES, BOOKS, AND COURSES
Introduction to Writing Articles, Books & More
Articles and Guides
Photo and Document Captions
Who To Write For
Writing Guides
Article Idea Pitch Components
Educational Courses
Book Projects
Publishing Routes
Course image Creating Genealogy Programs for Adults and the Younger Generation
Intermediate Professional Development and Business Skills
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: Creating Genealogy Programs for Adults and the Younger Generation

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Engaging adults in genealogy has typically been a task for genealogical societies rather than libraries. Today however, many libraries are creating adult genealogy groups and programs. Attendance for these programs is easier to obtain than perhaps a youth program in genealogy. But, these libraries are also looking for ways to engage the youth in genealogy. The problem lies in how to capture their interest and create a program that will convey the basics of research in a way that is both meaningful and engaging. 

This course provides an example of creating an adult genealogy program first, as a way to lay the foundation for a youth program. It follows with examples of youth programs for those in grades one through twelve. The examples are laid out into one hour, one and a half-hour, half-day, and full-day workshops and cover the basics of research while also incorporating social and local history. The final result is a rich and useful youth genealogy program. Requirements and suggestions on assisting youth who are earning Scout-type badges follows and finally, you will take the youth workshop beyond the classroom. You will learn ways to continue your own education, create and provide additional resources for your library, and connect with others. 

NOTE: Although this course written with the librarian in mind, it is also suitable for the society organizer, archivist, professional genealogist, or teacher. 

Course Length: 7 weeks

Contact Hours: 18
Grading Scale: 70% Tests/30% Assignments
Course Length: 7 weeks
Course Content

MODULE 1
INTRODUCTION
Getting Started
Board for Certification of Genealogists
Why Teach Adults Genealogy?
Why Teach Youth Genealogy?
Determine Which Youth Program Format Is Best
Identify Resources Available at Your Library for Attendees
Attract Teachers to Your Programs
Advertising
Evaluation

MODULE 2
PRACTICUM
BUILDING AN ADULT GENEALOGY GROUP
Creating the Adult Genealogy Program
Scheduling the Program
Building Program Membership
Program Speakers and Topics
Workshops
Day-Long Conference Events
Creating the Adult Genealogy Program Budget

MODULE 3
PRACTICUM
CREATING WORKSHOPS
Genealogy Youth Goals
Workshop Creation Tips
Workshop Preparation
One-Hour or One and a Half-Hour Workshops
Suggestions on Adapting this Workshop to Younger Students
Half-Day Workshops
Adapting this Workshop for 4th-8th Graders
Suggested Workshop Projects for all Workshop Lengths

MODULE 4
PRACTICUM
CREATING FULL-DAY WORKSHOPS
Tips on Creating Full-Day Workshops
Workshop Preparation
Full-Day Workshops
Suggested Projects


MODULE 5
PRACTICUM
CREATING PROGRAMS FOR MERIT BADGES AND EMBLEMS
Organizational Youth Programs and Genealogy
4-H Program
American Heritage Girls
Boy Scouts Genealogy Merit Badge
Camp Fire Torch Bearer Special Interest Badge
Girl Scouts
Other Scout-like Organizations

MODULE 6
PRACTICUM
MOVING BEYOND THE YOUTH GROUP
Moving Beyond the Workshop
1. Your Online Presence
2. Create Pathfinders
3. Genealogy Society Involvement
4. Continuing Education
Course image Genealogy Society Creation and Management
Intermediate Professional Development and Business Skills
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: Genealogy Society Creation and Management

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As the genealogy industry changes in the 21st century, so must the management techniques of genealogical societies so they can and will meet the changing needs of their members. In this course you’ll learn the basics of what is needed to create a genealogy society, its management, and how to implement projects and initiatives that not only engage but can help your society grow. Also addressed will be the legal ramifications of being a society leader, though this is largely a locally-governed issue. 
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 Course Length: 9 weeks


Contact Hours: 24
Grading Scale: 70% Tests/30% Assignments
Course Length: 9 weeks
Course Content

MODULE 1
PURPOSE AND TYPES OF SOCIETIES
Introduction
Why do we have societies?
Why are some drawn to create or join a society about genealogy?
What makes genealogy, lineage, and historical societies different from one another?
What are the different types of genealogical societies?
Does our area need a society?
What should I expect next?

MODULE 2
SOCIETY CREATION, STRUCTURE, AND GOVERNANCE
Introduction to Robert’s Rules of Order
So what are the first things to accomplish when establishing a new organization?
Who is who?
Term lengths and limits
What types of committees does one find in a genealogy society?
What is a “quorum”?

MODULE 3
LEADERSHIP AND MEETINGS
Types of meetings and tools for them
The agenda and why it is necessary
How decisions are made
Leadership
How meetings can fail to meet the goals of the group

MODULE 4
YOU HAVE A CLUB, NOW WHAT?
Introduction
Venue
Money - Expenses
Source of the money and how it is managed

MODULE 5
YOUR ALLIES: THE MEMBERS, THE WEB, AND THE COMMUNITY
Introduction
Volunteers
Web presence
Your role in the community

MODULE 6
MEMBERSHIP, PROMOTION, AND GETTING PEOPLE TO KNOW YOU
Introduction
Membership
Requirements
Information materials received upon joining
Benefits
Attracting new members (Promotion)
Membership retention

MODULE 7
EDUCATION IN VARIOUS FORMS
Introduction
Education options on a regular, on-going basis
Meeting the educational needs on an even larger scale: Conferences/Seminars & Webinars
Webinars

MODULE 8
GROWTH, CHANGE, AND LEGAL ISSUES
Introduction
Society changes
Member difficulties
Nonprofit status
Course image Skill-Building: Nuts and Bolts of Reporting Research
Intermediate Professional Development and Business Skills
Course Summary:

NOTE: Please be aware this course is classified as Intermediate Level in the Professional Development Certificate Program. Developed for individuals at or working in the Intermediate to Advanced Levels in our other certificate programs. If considering this course, you should have completed or have full knowledge/experience from our courses: Skills: Transcribing, Abstracting & Extracting, Methodology - Part 3: More Strategies, and Methodology - Part 4: Effective Searching and Recording. 

Note: This course requires compulsory materials to be ordered. These are available at GenealogyStore.com

  1. Board for Certification of Genealogists, Genealogy Standards, 2nd edition revised (Nashville, Tennessee: Ancestry, 2021).
  2. Mills, Elizabeth Shown, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, Third Edition Revised (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2017). 
  3. Mills, Elizabeth Shown, Professional Genealogy: A manual for researchers, writers, editors, lecturers and librarians (2001; reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 2012).

Optional Print Course Material: Skill Building: Nuts and Bolts of Reporting Research

*Course material will only be sent to students who are registered in the course.

A professional or serious-minded genealogist needs to perfect core skills, whether they conduct research for clients, lecture, or write. These skills include source citation, transcription, and writing. In genealogy, there are some texts that are considered the standard by which professionals are judged ― these include:

*Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers Librarians edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills.

*Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace by Elizabeth Shown Mills.

*Mastering Genealogical Proof by Dr. Thomas Jones.

*Genealogy Standards by the Board for Certified Genealogists

These books help prepare the professional or serious minded genealogist for the day-to-day work of writing, analyzing, and preparing information for themselves or the clients.

In this course, the student will study portions of some of the above-mentioned texts and complete assignments and exercises to better understand the key elements taught within its pages. 

Course Length: 7 weeks

Contact Hours: 18
Grading Scale: 70% Tests/30% Assignments
Course Length: 7 weeks
Course Content

MODULE 1
INTRODUCTION
CITATION FUNDAMENTALS
Citing Your Sources
Citation Components and Elements
Suggestions For Census Returns
Suggestions For Other Sources
Creating A Citation Toolbox or Citation Template
COPYRIGHT
Websites

MODULE 2
RESEARCH PROCEDURES & LOCALITY GUIDES
Current Research Guides
FamilySearch Family History Research Wiki
Sample Research Guides

MODULE 3
TRANSCRIBING, ABSTRACTING & EXTRACTING
General Rules for Transcriptions
General Rules for Abstracting
General Rules for Extracting
Optional Reading

MODULE 4
RESEARCH PLANS & REPORTS
Research Planning
Suggested Steps in Research Planning
Report Writing
Types Of Reports
Essential Elements Of A Formal Report
CASE STUDY
Case Study Outline
Case Study Information

MODULE 5
EVIDENCE ANALYSIS
PROOF SUMMARIES & CASE STUDIES

MODULE 6
REPORTING YOUR RESEARCH: WRITING SCHOLARLY ARTICLES & BLOGS
Before You Write
Cross all Your T’s and Dot Your I’s
Get Permission
Write But Also Proofread
Peer Reviewed Journals vs. Blogs
Course image Skill-Building: Evidence Analysis and Evaluation Using Case Studies
Intermediate Professional Development and Business Skills
Course Summary:

NOTE: This course is classified as Intermediate Level in the Professional Development Certificate Program. It has been developed for individuals who are at or working in the Intermediate to Advanced Levels in our other certificate programs. It is advised that you complete the Analysis and Skills Mentoring Program-Part 1  course or have a working knowledge of the topics taught in that course prior to completing this one.

Note: This course requires compulsory materials to be ordered. These are available at GenealogyStore.com

  1. Board for Certification of Genealogists, Genealogy Standards, 2nd edition revised (Nashville, Tennessee: Ancestry, 2021).
  2. Jones, Thomas W., Mastering Genealogical Proof (Arlington, Virginia: National Genealogical Society, 2013).

Optional Print Course Material: Skill-Building: Evidence Analysis and Evaluation Using Case Studies

*Course material will only be sent to students who are registered in the course.

Taking the time to study a wide variety of case studies and proof arguments/summaries can expand your knowledge of methodology, evidence and analysis, sources, citation formats, cultural mores, immigration patterns, amongst many other things. It will make you a better genealogist by expanding your knowledge beyond the subset of genealogy that you normally work in. 

As an example, someone working in Canadian research on a daily basis can learn much from a case study on Irish research and vice versa. Amongst other things, they can learn methodology, new sources of evidence, how to analyze evidence, and even gain geographical and cultural knowledge! 

NOTE: A student could spend approximately 6 to 8 hours a week working on this course.

Course Length: 7 weeks

Contact Hours: 18
Grading Scale: 70% Tests/30% Assignments
Course Length: 7 weeks
Course Content

MODULE 1
INTRODUCTION
WHAT ARE PROOF STATEMENTS, PROOF SUMMARIES, AND PROOF ARGUMENTS?
Proof Statements
Proof Summaries

MODULE 2
WHAT ARE CASE STUDIES AND WHERE DO I FIND THEM?
Case Studies
Reasons for Studying a Variety of Case Studies
Source Analysis

MODULE 3
CASE STUDIES...Continued

MODULE 4
CASE STUDIES ... Continued

MODULE 5
CASE STUDIES ... Continued
FURTHER STUDY
Understanding the FAN principle or Cluster Research

MODULE 6
CASE STUDIES ... Continued
Websites
Final Summary
Course image Lecturing Skills Including Preparation
Intermediate Professional Development and Business Skills
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: Lecturing Skills Including Preparation

Optional Course Material: 
  1. Mills, Elizabeth Shown, editor, Professional Genealogy: A manual for researchers, writers, editors, lecturers and librarians (2001; reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 2012).
  2. Mills, Elizabeth Shown, editor, Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice & Standards (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 2018).

*Course material will only be sent to students who are registered in the course.

Lecturing Skills is a hands-on course requiring the student to provide a 30-minute presentation online. The assignments have due dates, unlike our other courses, which allows your instructor to review and for IIGS to promote your presentation.

This course focuses on the skills needed to present genealogical-related lectures to a variety of audiences. As a student, you develop all aspects of the lecturing process, including:

  • the proposal
  • biographical sketch
  • marketing
  • syllabus material
  • creating lecture slides
  • and more

In order to complete this course, the student must develop and deliver a 30-minute lecture to an audience of students and/or genealogical society members virtually via the International Institute of Genealogical Studies’ Zoom event. The final presentation is 50% of the grade.

Course Length: 12 weeks

Contact Hours: 36
Grading Scale: 20% Assignments/30% Exam/50% Lecture Presentation
Course Content

MODULE 1
INTRODUCTION
Resources
Note about Terminology
Note about your Final 30-Minute Lecture

Introduction to Genealogical Speaking/Lecturing
Why Be a Genealogy Speaker?
It Ain’t All Glamour!
Take Inventory and Document Your Reputation
Create a Biography
Create a Genealogy Resume
Update, Update, Update
Conclusion

Practical Exercises
Exercise: Positive/Negative Aspects of Speaking
Exercise: Biography
Exercise: Lecture Topic

MODULE 2
BUILDING YOUR PRESENTATION
Creating a Lecture Description
Creating a Syllabus or Handout
Creating Lecture Slides
Slide Presentation Software
Tips for Effective Lecture Slides
Virtual Lectures
How Virtual Lectures Work
Required Equipment
Advantages and Disadvantages of Virtual Presentations

Practical Exercises
Exercise: Lecture Description Template
Exercise: Lecture Description
Exercise: Syllabus/Handout Template
Exercise: Syllabus/Handout
Exercise: Lecture Slide Template
Exercise: Lecture Slides
Exercise: Attend a Virtual Lecture

MODULE 3
BUILDING SPEAKING SKILLS
Practice, Practice and More Practice
Join a Speaking Organization
It’s Show Time! Practical Tips for Genealogy Presenters
The Q&A Conundrum
The Post Mortem
Dealing with Disaster
It Won’t Happen To Me
Be Prepared

Practical Exercises
Exercise: Syllabus/Handout (continued)
Exercise: Lecture Slides (continued)
Exercise: Lecture Speech

MODULE 4
BUILDING YOUR BUSINESS
Setting Your Rate
Fee or Free?
Cover Your Expenses
Start Local
Answering a Call for Papers
Call for Papers Listings
Preparing Your Response
Speaking Contract
What a Speaking Contract Should Cover
Other Legalese
Marketing Your Business
Blog/Website
Social Media
Facebook Page
Twitter
LinkedIn
A Final Word on Social Media
Memberships
Email Signature
Newsletter Articles
The Presentation
Conclusion

Practical Exercises
Exercise: Lecture Speech (continued)
Exercise: Lecturing Fees
Exercise: List of Local Venues
Exercise: Speaker Contract
Exercise: Email Signature

MODULE 5
ACTIONS & TIMELINE FOR LECTURING
Course of Action
Timeline and Outcome

Practical Exercises
Exercise: Lecture Speech (continued)
Exercise: Action Plan & Timeline

MODULE 6
FINAL 30-MINUTE LECTURE
Guidelines & Instructions
Lecture Date/Time
Lecture Components
Speaker Biography
Lecture Title and Lecture Description
Syllabus/Handout Materials
Lecture Slides
Final Grading Process
Lecture Procedure
Final Comments

APPENDIX