Welcome to my very first post on my very first blog! My goal is to not bore you to death. On the other hand, the topic of this blog might be, by definition, boring to most. … my personal journey to become a certified genealogist.
I admit that I sometimes do these things on a whim. As a seasoned (translation: old) genealogist, it seemed like it was logical I would test myself to see if I rose to the standards of certification. So I first signed up for a year long University of Washington genealogy continuing education class but then found out that the focus of the program was oriented toward researching the context of history in which the family lived. I thought that was interesting and so I have decided to stay with the program, but it doesn’t get me any closer to certification. I do think the program will enhance my approach to writing my books (but more about that later.)
There is an organization called the Board for Certified Genealogists (you can access their website from the sidebar link) who certifies genealogists. There are seven parts that have to be completed (I’ll cover each one ad nauseum, in later posts). Once you tell them you are going to do this, you have one year to submit your materials. So, I have decided not to notify them yet but rather work on the materials so I have a “head start”.
I also decided to blog the process because there didn’t seem to be much out there in the way of a sharing community. I might find things later and if I do I will post them here. I also have never blogged before (what I do is not that exciting!) but it seemed like a good way to keep a journal of this year. I may drop this after a short time; we shall see.
That’s it for tonight/today. Happy hunting!