Starting a Genealogy Business

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Do you love to track down family origin and genealogy? Are you interested in researching? Do you want to turn your genealogical hobby into a profitable business? Do you possess the necessary skills to be a professional genealogist?

If you do then here is the guideline to help you get started in your genealogist business.

Profiting from something that you love to do is probably one of the best things in the world. If you enjoy researching family history and think that you want to do it for the rest of your life but at the same time profit from it then here are a few things that you should first consider in starting a genealogist business.

Assess your skills in Starting a Genealogist Business

The first thing that you should do in starting a genealogist business is to ask yourself some very basic questions to assess your skills as a genealogist. Are you familiar with the methodological skills that are required of a genealogist? How many genealogy projects have you accomplished and how competent are they? Do you possess the necessary knowledge in creating abstracts, citing sources and meeting the genealogical standard of proof? Have you any solid educational background regarding genealogical research. Starting a genealogist business is mainly offering your services as a genealogist. It is only proper that the first thing you should do is to assess if you already possess the necessary qualifications to market your services and profit.

Services that you can offer in a Genealogist Business

If you think you are short of or lacking in some of the genealogical skills that are needed in starting a genealogist business then consider taking courses on genealogy as well as attending conferences and reading up on the latest genealogical methodology. It may cost you to soak up the knowledge now but it will greatly help you in the long run. After taking the necessary courses and learning the basic genealogical methodology and standard, you are now ready to plan your genealogist business. You have to consider what you really want to do with your genealogist business. What kind of genealogist business you wan to set up? Do you want to conduct family history consultations? Do you want to design and operate genealogical websites? Are you interested in just writing and reporting on family history or do you want to do a missing persons search or some succession work? The genealogist business is varied and you can choose how you want to build your specialty in the genealogist business.

Like any regular business, starting a genealogist business also requires you to do a little business planning. Create an executive summary of your business, know the competition in your area, know what you are offering, market your business and keep track of the expenses that you would need. To lend credibility to your work, it is also a good idea to get certified as a genealogist. Get certified either in International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen) or in the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG).

7 Comments

  • 1. R. Nicholas said on 4/9/2009 7:45:50 PM
    I run a Genealogy website, www.ancestorology.com and have been doing my own Genealogy business for the last 3 years. It is a lot of hard work and takes a lot of dedication and time to this passion. If anyone is looking to place an add or post your website I have a page on my website for Genealogists to do it.
  • 2. Jonathan Sykes said on 10/25/2009 6:56:43 AM
    Hello, I am only 13 and i am starting a Genealogy website do you think that you can help me with my business, if so email: johnny.manu@live.co.uk. regards, Jonathan Sykes
  • 3. Michael W Sullivan said on 4/14/2010 2:45:37 PM
    I am try to get my own small business of Genealogy. I need more information how I should charge to customer and other thing. I been with Genealogy of my own family for 20 years. I am good with that. I love to help to other people. Please let me know about that. ASAP Michael W Sullivan
  • 4. KEVAN CHASE said on 12/14/2010 8:03:15 AM
    LOOKING TO START UP MY OWN GENEALOGY BUSINESS AN WEB SITE . AN WOULD LOVE TO HELP OTHERS OUT . SO CAN YOU E MAIL ME WHAT THINGS I'LL NEED AN HOW I SHOULD GO ABOUT STARTING A GENEALOGY BUSINESS AN WEB SITE AN WHAT FEES I SHOULD CHARGE . I HAVE BEEN DOING MY OWN FAMILY TREE FOR OVER 25 YEARS ON BOTH SIDES TO . AN LOVE TO HELP OTHERS OUT. WHO CAN'T GET TO CONNECTICUT AN NEED HELP TO
  • 5. dee dee said on 3/4/2012 7:08:44 AM
    Genealogy is my passion! Living in rural Nappanee, Indiana... I would like to make money for something I love to do but not quite sure how to start a business.
  • 6. Mary Ingram said on 5/21/2012 3:42:35 PM
    looking to start a genealogy business, want to know ins and outs etc
  • 7. Brian Shagene said on 1/17/2013 2:57:23 PM
    Look to start a genealogy business in Port Huron, St. Clair County, Michigan. I have been working on my family tree for 15 years now. I have been asked by others if I could help them with information about our family.
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