While I was at FGS 2012 in Birmingham, Alabama I took the plunge and started my CG clock. I was being nudged. Mark Lowe said something about steel toed boots! I had been considering doing this since I graduated from my BU course and the time seemed right. I’m also doing this with 3 friends….a little encouragement along the way should be a good thing.
So I have a year to complete the following tasks:
- Sign an ethics statement. This seems like a reasonable thing to do. :-)
- Write a resume from a genealogical point of view. I can do that.
- Do a transcription, abstraction, and research plan for a document selected by BCG. I can do this, I’ve done in class and I get the idea.
- Same as #3 but for a document of my choosing. I’ve got an awesome chancery case.
- Client Report. Needs to be meat enough to show off my skills. And given that I’ve never had a paying client, it has to be pro bono work. If you’ve got a big southern problem, let me know.
- Conflicting or Indirect Evidence. I know how to write a proof, the trick on this one will be selecting something that is complex enough to show off my skills.
- Narrative lineage. I’ve picked 3 couples from my tree and I’m looking forward to this one.
After listening to many current CGs talk, I’m looking at this next year as not a OMG I have to prove myself, but a really good learning experience. This is not about being the most brilliant genealogist but about proving to myself I understand the process and how records are used to illustrate the lives of our ancestors.
Oh, and reading instructions. Critical for every application!
I am really excited.