Creating Personal Genealogical Education Plans

March 24th, 2018 by National Genealogical Society Blog Editor

TITLE: Creating Your Personal Continuing Education Plan
TIME & DATE: Saturday, 5 May, 8 a.m.
SPONSOR: GRIP – Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh

Genealogists who desire education face real constraints of time and budget. With so many choices, it’s difficult to know which opportunities will give you the most “bang for the buck.”

This lecture offers a template for recording your abilities and goals, then matching options including university courses, conferences, institutes, self-guided study, virtual peer group study, and others. It will highlight the pros and cons of learning styles, price, availability, time commitment, and instructor guidance. Leave with an understanding of each type of study, and how to evaluate and create your continuing education plan for your learning style and budget.

The speaker has taught and been involved with most of the educational venues now available to genealogists. She is pleased to help researchers find the most direct path to education which will personally benefit them. Session attendees will walk away with an action plan for their continuing education.

Elissa also invites you to speak with her at the GRIP booth in the exhibit hall if you have questions. She is also lecturing on Pennsylvania migration (T-222) on Thursday at 11 a.m. and on Deeper Analysis (F351) on Friday at 4 p.m.

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ABOUT: Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, is a Pennsylvania researcher and co-director of GRIP; past-president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists and coordinator of the IGHR “Professional Genealogy” course. She was an instructor for BU’s Genealogical Research Certificate course and co-coordinator of SLIG’s “Credentialing: AG, CG, or Both?” course. She won the Association of Professional Genealogists 2017 Professional Achievement Award.