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:
- 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’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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.