For the month of April, we have highlighted some of the 225+ genealogy and research courses offered at The International Institute for Genealogical Studies. There are a variety of themes and topics to choose from. Hopefully, we will feature some courses that you were not aware of and pique your interest to explore further.
N is for NICHE
Creating a genealogical business requires many steps. First, there is self-analysis to determine who you are, what you are passionate about, what you want to research, and what kind of business you wish to start. In developing business skills for a genealogy research business, you will learn which skills you need in order to accomplish your business goals. As each new business opportunity presents itself, you will be faced with choices about which direction to take.
These two courses will suggest several niche themes, and allow you the assess how feasible each one is for your research interests and expertise. Choosing a Niche narrows your focus, allowing you to take the time to develop the skills necessary to continue to grow in specific research aspects for your genealogy business. You may develop more than one niche – perhaps with a local expertise and a specific research theme. This can provide more than one income stream.
The International Institute for Genealogical Studies Niche courses are scheduled to begin on the first Monday of every month. The suggested Niches covered are listed below.
Business Skills: Career Development: Choosing a Niche – Parts 1 explores:
Writing and Publishing
Conference Organizer or Special Event Planner
Business Skills: Career Development: Choosing a Niche – Part 2 explores:
Social Media Marketer
Photograph Expert and Photographer
Additional Niche-related Courses
Demystifying Culture & Folklore
Google for the Wise Genealogist
Lecturing Skills Including Preparation
Life of Our Ancestors
Organizing a One-Name Study
Organizing a One-Place Study
Palaeography: Reading & Understanding Historical Documents
Photography: Clues Pictures Hold, Editing, Digitizing and Various Projects
Preserve Your Family History Documents & Heirlooms
Research: FamilySearch Resources – In Person and Online
Research: Grandmothers, Mothers & Daughters-Tracing Women
Research: House & Farm Histories
Research: Social History
Research: The National Archives of England
Research: U.S. 20th Century Records, Including Adoption Records
Research: U.S. Fraternal Organizations
Research: U.S. Records Using Ancestry including DNA Strategies
Skill-Building: Nuts & Bolts of Reporting Research
Skills: Transcribing, Abstracting & Extracting
Social Media Tools for the Wise Genealogist
Writing for Genealogy: Articles, Blogs, Research Reports and so much more
Writing the Genealogist’s Memoir
Writing Your Family History Book
You can customize your own package of courses. Register for the balance of courses needed to complete your genealogy niche theme!
Choosing your Niche and defining the direction your genealogy business will take are important decisions. No one can be an expert in all areas. Know your research skills. Define your expertise. Focus on developing your specific Niche. Set goals to achieve your business goals. Continue to grow a strong genealogy business!
The International Institute of Genealogical Studies offers quality online education with over 240 courses. Our wide range of courses cover specific countries, enhance methodology research, build skills to maximize your research time, and all count toward the certification you choose.
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