TypeOnline Course
DateAug 3, 2019 - Aug 4, 2019


PO Box 4312
Middletown, NJ 07748
Phone: 732-365-2680
Email: mjohnson@johnsongenealogyservices.com

Preparing for a Career in Genealogy

This two-day intensive learning experience is designed for professional genealogists who are currently taking clients, and experienced researchers who are thinking of taking the leap and starting a career in genealogy. The course will cover important topics for professionals, including financial management, time management, marketing, advertising, branding, contracts, ethics, diversifying income sources, and key fields of practice such as genetic genealogy and forensic genealogy. The course includes lectures, hands-on exercises, statistics, and examples. Students will leave the course with a better understanding of the profession, and a roadmap for improving their existing business or planning their transition into the field.

The Preparing for a Career in Genealogy course will be held on Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Eastern). The course will be held virtually. Virtual students will be able to view the presentations, hear the presenters, ask questions, and interact with their fellow virtual students. A digital course syllabus will be provided.


Lead Instructor: Melissa Johnson, CG

Instructors: Catherine Desmarais, CG and additional instructors to be announced shortly.


Registration is now open. The course fee is $185. Register here.

Section 1Saturday
Lecture 1What Does It Take To Be A Professional?
Lecture 2Finances and Time Management
Lecture 3Marketing, Advertising & Branding
Lecture 4Contracts & Ethics
Lecture 5Your Business Plan
Section 2Sunday
Lecture 6Genetic Genealogy as a Professional
Lecture 7Forensic Genealogy
Lecture 8Making a Living: Diversifying Income
Lecture 9Certification & Accreditation
Lecture 10The Future for Professionals: What Does It Hold?