My last post I announced my rather
ludicrousambitious plan to pass both the CG and AG next year. Realistic, maybe not – but it is motivating me to move forward, much like the quote:
“Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood.” Daniel H. Burham
Looking at the mountain ahead of me is freaking me out, so I am only concentrating on the first step.
Step 1 – Becoming a Certified Genealogist:
I’m not as worried about the CG as the AG, not because one is easier than the other, but because I have been preparing for the CG longer.
- Read by the end of December, all the recommended books and articles in Elizabeth Shown Mills “Ten-Point Study Blueprint” as posted in Angela McGhie’s blog here. (Many I have already read, so it isn’t as overwhelming as that sounds).
- Choose families and problems for the kinship-determination project and case study.
- Select a document for the applicant-supplied document work.
- Send in the Preliminary Application and “start the clock” by Dec. 31,2013 - as I just learned that the price goes up from $50 to $75 on Jan 1, 2013.
I may have to revise my plans later to just preparing for the AG all next year and apply for accreditation in 2014, but I will cross that bridge later – right now it is full steam ahead!
Step 2 – Becoming an Accredited Genealogist
- Watch all the Mentoring class videos on the ICAPGEN website.
- Read the Mentoring Class syllabus.
- Attend the monthly Mentoring Class at the FHL.
- Join the ICAPGEN Mentoring group on GenealogyWise,com
- Read ICAPGEN’s new book: “Becoming an Excellent Genealogist"
- Begin log of research time, go through old conference syllabus and record classes taken, books read, etc.
My target date is to have these things done by the end of January 2013, preferably before SLIG, where I will be attending the Principles of Forensic Genealogy Course.
- Begin my Research Notebook. Since the written test portion is opened book, you want to create a very thorough and comprehensive research notebook. Since it is also a timed test, you want the notes to be short and concise. I need to see someone’s notebook. Note to self: Find that someone.
- Select the 4 generation family to research and document.
Yes, I know it is holiday season. Yes, I know this is a lot of work. But, I chose this instead of returning back to school – this is my own personal graduate degree program.
Not a lot of time for TV or messing around…but, I signed a contract right?
I’m sure I don’t know what I am getting myself into, which may be that my naiveté is a blessing here. Wish me luck, say a prayer, here I go into the dark.