ProGen is an 18 month program, which gives a group of 8 to 9 serious genealogists assignments, support and guidance based on Elizabeth Shown Mill’s book, Professional Genealogist. Each group is shepherded through the process with the help of a mentor and an administrator. The groups are to be collaborative and collegial. I have just been accepted into the Class 19; Craig Scott is the mentor for our group.
We receive an assignment per month; have a discussion with the mentor; do the assignment; review other’s work; and then start the cycle again. the monthly topics have been posted but not the specific writing assignment. The January assignment will be on ethics and copyright/plagiarism. I plan on doing a post amonth based on the class.
We have a class of nine with most from the east coast, a couple from the Midwest and a couple from the Northwest. A surprising representation from our area, it seems to me.
I joined for a number of reasons:
- my friend Karen recommended it to me over the Boston University course
- it costs significantly less
- it is set up to be an online course
- my friend Janice also signed (but is in a different section)
- it will only be as good as the individual makes it. It is the usual priciple of what you put into it has a direct correlation to what you will get out of it.
I am excited about it. Karen implied that it has made a big difference in the quality of her work.
I hope you had a terrific holiday as did I.
What I have done since the last post: holiday shopping, baking and other domestic items filled my days. I did relax since publishing the Bulletin and the Newsletter for the Seattle Genealogical Society. I have been working on the article that my friend Karen reviewed. I think it is getting into pretty good shape. A couple of tapes have shown up at the Stake library that I need to read. I did some planning for the trip to SLC in February (setting up the phone calls, doing the lesson plans for the participants, etc.). I read two books that I will review in the next post.