[APG Public List] Who Are We, Really?
Rolgeiger at aol.com
Rolgeiger at aol.com
Fri Oct 2 16:58:05 MDT 2009
In einer eMail vom 03.10.2009 00:33:42 Westeuropäische Normalzeit schreibt
mary at heirlines.com:
Is genealogy a viable occupation? Should we have a profession for the
practitioner? Why is there no profession in genealogy? Who would benefit
from having a real profession in genealogy? What is stopping us from
starting now and organizing a real profession in genealogy? Why shouldn’t we
organize a profession so we can have the authority in Professional Genealogy
to establish best practices, standards, ethics, education degree programs,
competency testing and verifiable maintenance, continuing-education,
verifiable practitioner credentialing, members-only profession practitioner and
trade organizations? With a real profession in genealogy, what would be the
exclusive practitioner title?
Yeah, and once you have all that, what about us on the other side of an
U.S. border? Why should we care about what you consider or what you arrange?
Here in Germany genealogy is more or a less a hobby. There are some very
few of us who do it for money and there are a majority of others who look at
us with ravaging eyes stating on every opportunity they have how much they
don't like what we do. To be a professional may be a reason to be excluded
from one of the many German genealogical forums.
But like in the States everyone of us professionals has never passed an
examination or something like that. There is a group of professionals who
joined in a specific associtiation with its own "Code of Honor". I got an
invitation to join them but had no opportunity yet to visit one of the
conferences during which the accept new members. But there would be no need to join
them to work as a professional researcher. I've been working in the matter
for at least 15 years, specialising in emigration to the US (because I
speak English :-) and other stuff. So - when the company I worked for - fired
me five years ago, I became a professional researcher. Among other things. I
went to our Public Record Office, told them about the company I would like
to found (you need a company to be able to sell your own written
products), payed the fee of 30 Euros - and there was I facing the world through my
computer and said: "Hello, here I am!" Well, some came, other didn't or
haven't yet. :-)
You are lucky in the States. Genealogy is a common thing overthere on high
level. Here it's not much more than just another part of historic research
(I know a lady here in our county, historian by trade, who would never to
genealogy, oh my goodness, no such things - but that's less arrogance but
ignorance - in case there is a difference). People are not used to spend more
money in that subject than necessary - necessary would be fees for the
Public Record Office or the dioces archives or national or city archives.
Costs you cannot avoid. They pay without hesitation. But if you (or I) offer
the same service - maybe cheaper - well, that's not the same.
Oops, it's getting late (one in the monring).
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