Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Professional Genealogists Have the Gift of the Gab

Hello All -

I am sure you are wondering what the post title is about.  There is a new group out here in Scotland for those in the genealogy profession (researchers, archivists, etc.) to meet up and have a good ol' natter.  It is called Scottish Genealogy Network.  It has been running since about March of this year.  It got started up by those who were attending the Who Do You Think You Are Live in London this past February.  I didn't attend this time, so I was a bit out of the loop.  I noticed a post regarding it on LinkedIn and jumped at the chance to attend their meeting.  There is nothing currently like this for professional genealogists and family historians in Scotland - it is an idea whose time has finally come.

This past meet up was in Stirling.  This month it will be in Perth.  The group is very informal and I think that those who attend like it that way.  It is a good chance for those of us in the professional to meet each other and "talk shop."  Most of us in the genealogy profession work by ourselves (self employed) without too much contact with others in the field.  However, once a  month those of us working in Scotland can get together.  You know of peoples names and faces, but you don't necessarily get a chance to speak in person to them.  This monthly meeting is a good chance to do that.

Speaking for myself, I had a great time.  There is nothing like meeting up with those who share your profession and being able to talk about all sort of topics associated with working day to day in genealogy and family history.  It was hard to tear myself away from it all, but I had to go in order to get back home in time.  You can easily loose track of time as all the conversations can be interesting and educational as well as a good laugh.  The topics of discussion can range from DNA, genealogy books, client research, and even general non-genealogy topics such as the Olympics.  The meet up is usually the last Saturday of the month and the locations are different each time.  There would be some travel involved, but it isn't too far and it is only once a month.  It is well worth it in my opinion.

If you haven't been to one of the monthly meetups and you are in the genealogy/family history profession in Scotland (you don't have to be a researcher) please join in.  It is very informal and a really good time.  As I mentioned earlier in this post, the next meeting is in Perth on the 25th August.  This time around we are planning on taking a quick tour of the A.K. Bell Library in Perth - it will mainly be the local studies/archives area of the library if able to do so at the time.  We are to meet at the library's main entrance at 1:00 pm, then have a quick tour about, then meet over at the Salutation Hotel for our informal get together.  It sounds like a really good outing. 

If you need any further information and details about this month's get together or about the Scottish Genealogy Network (SGN) in general just contact Chis Paton by email:  christopherpaton  at  tiscali.co.uk. 

As I mentioned before, these get together's are very informal and friendly.   All are welcome who are in the genealogy/family history profession in anyway shape or form.  If you wish to read other blog posts about our group please view the links below:

Here is Kirsty Wilkinson's blog:
http://professionaldescendant.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/the-scottish-genealogy-network.html

Here is Chis Paton's blog:
http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/the-scottish-genealogy-network.html

Until next time . . .

1 comment:

Chris Paton said...

Great to see you Carolyn, look forward to catching up in Perth!

Chris