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How to Become a Professional Genealogist and Start Your Own Genealogy Business

Imagine having a rewarding career that lets you get paid to research family histories. Welcome to the world of professional genealogy!

If you enjoy tracking down historical evidence, you could have a rewarding career as a professional genealogist, helping people to discover their own family history, find long-lost relatives, or even reveal new facts about famous — and infamous — historical people.
"I’m one of those lucky people that gets to wake up to a job that I love every day."
— Megan Smolenyak, Professional Genealogist
Genealogy is one of the most popular hobbies in the world. Interest in genealogy is increasing as celebrities such as Ozzy Osbourne, Stephen Colbert, and even Oprah Winfrey have submitted their DNA samples to genetic genealogy specialists in order to learn more about where they come from. 

Although a growing number of websites are popping up dedicated to family history research, many amateur family historians quickly come to realize that they need the services of a professional genealogist to help them in their hunt for their family’s roots.

Professional genealogists can earn $35 to $100 or more per hour for their research. Some genealogists also achieve recognition and become respected as consultants to film and television productions, writing books and giving talks about their research.

When you become a professional genealogist, you will be doing what you love, too. As a genealogist, you'll be a history detective solving age-old mysteries, offering valued services, and reconnecting people to their own families' pasts.

If becoming a professional genealogist sounds like the career of your dreams, the FabJob Guide to Become a Genealogist is for you! In this e-book you will discover how you can get started and succeed as professional genealogist.

The guide offers insider tips and expert career advice from renowned professional genealogists. The genealogy experts who share advice in this guide include:

  • Colleen Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., well-known author and forensic genealogist for the possible discovery of the remains of Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan on Nikumaroro (Gardener) Island in the Pacific
  • Kathleen W. Hinckley, Executive Director of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and an approved genealogist for the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Megan Smolenyak, advisor to the NBC TV series, Who Do You Think You Are?, and former Chief Family Historian for
This guide covers topics of vital importance to anyone who wants to start a genealogy business, including:
Researching Family Histories Step-by-Step
  • Pre-research information gathering (includes a sample client questionnaire)
  • Piecing together your initial clues
  • Using census documents in your research
    • Where to find census documents
    • What you'll find in census documents
    • The limitations of census documents
    • How to read an original census document
  • Tracking down the right family
  • Additional research resources including:
    • Cemetary listings
    • Newspapers
    • Land deeds and other land records
    • Immigration records
    • Ship passenger lists
    • Military records
    • Native records
    • And more
  • Research methods
    • Primary versus secondary sources
    • Evaluating the reliability of sources (and how to avoid bad resources)
    • Taking notes
    • Citing your sources
  • Compiling your data
    • Finalizing generational family groupings
    • Finalizing information about individuals
  • Preparing reports for clients
    • Family tree charts (bow-tie, circular, fan, hourglass, and traditional)
    • Pedigree charts
    • Using genealogical software (includes a list of recommended software)
    • Written narrative histories

Starting Your Own Genealogy Business
  • How to start a part-time or full-time genealogy business for little or no money
  • Information about business matters affecting a genealogy business including insurance, licenses, legal structures, etc.
  • Items to include in the business plan for your genealogy business (with links to business plan writing resources)
  • Information about services you could choose to offer through your professional genealogy business
    • Specializing in a particular type of genealogical research (e.g. a local geographic area or a particular group of people)
    • Search services
    • Guided research (analyzing amateurs' research and advising them on their next steps)
    • Genealogical DNA services
    • Family history workshops
    • Writing reports and charting
    • Finding heirs to family estates
    • Photographic services
  • Choosing a name for your genealogy business
  • How to set up an office for your genealogy business
  • Keeping track of your finances (includes information about start-up expenses for a genealogy business)
  • Pricing your genealogical services, with an overview of:
    • Hourly rates
    • Package rates (includes sample research and review packages you can offer clients)
    • Fees for workshops
    • Getting paid for your services
  • What to include in a client contract or agreement
  • How to effectively market your genealogical services to individuals
  • How to effectively market genealogical services to corporate, institutional, and government clients
  • Free promotional opportunities for your genealogy business
  • Helpful samples for your genealogy business (such as what to say when talking with a prospective client of your genealogy business, sample contract, sample invoice, and more)
Plus you will find even more resources and advice, including:
  • How to develop the skills you will need as a professional genealogist
  • How to prepare a portfolio
  • How to get experience at a genealogical library or museum
  • How to be certified as a professional genealogist
  • Valuable samples and checklists for starting your genealogy business, including:
    • Sample client questionnaire
    • Sample census forms and how to use them
    • Sample genealogy research project
    • Genealogy supplies checklist
    • Sample fees for a genealogy business
    • Sample of what to say when talking to a prospective client of your genealogy business
    • Sample invoice for a genealogy business
    • Sample press release for a genealogy business
    • Sample client contracts for a genealogy business
  • And more! (including free updates
You can have this valuable information for an incredible price. It can cost hundreds of dollars to take courses on starting a business, and chances are they will not include specific information about starting a genealogy business. The FabJob Guide to Become a Genealogist contains some of the best business advice you could get from other sources, plus much more.

It can save you many hours of research, help you avoid some costly mistakes, and give you information you need to become a professional genealogist and start a genealogy business.

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"The FabJob Guide to Become a Genealogist will take you step-by-step through what you'll need to succeed in your career as a professional genealogist. Each chapter is full of important information, helpful advice, and useful tips from genealogy experts. You'll learn how to start a genealogy business, set your fees, and get clients. By following the advice and using the valuable resources included in this guide you will be on your way to success in the genealogy business."
— Brenna Pearce, Genealogy Guide Author

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Learn how to become a professional genealogist and start a genealogy business. The FabJob Guide to Become a Genealogist is a step-by-step guide which will teach you how to start a genealogy business, attract clients for your genealogy business, and provide genealogical research services.