Monday 8 October 2018

Credentials for Genealogists: Proof of the Professional

Gorry Research has announced the publication of Credentials for Genealogists: Proof of the Professional. Written by Wicklow-based professional genealogist Paul Gorry MAGI, who has 40 years' experience of client research, the new book (his fifth) is intended as a resource for both accrediting bodies and those seeking professional credentials.

Virtual Launch, 10-11 October
In its 253-pages, Paul unapologetically advocates for credentials for professional genealogists. He highlights the work of the various accrediting bodies worldwide, which have long provided such credentials, and notes that relevant credentials are not open to every genealogist, largely due to linguistic or geographical restrictions, but he concludes that currently the majority of practitioners do not have accreditation and fail to recognise it as a necessity. His view is that credentials are essential for the sake of genealogy as a profession, for the integrity of the conscientious practitioner, and for safeguarding clients’ interests.

It's clear from the book's theme that this publication will of considerable interest (and some controversy) to genealogists, whether they are existing professionals, would-be professionals, happy hobbyists, and even potential clients, and I shall be back in a few days with a review when I finished my reading.

In the meantime, I thought you'd like to know that the book will be receiving a 'Virtual Launch' this week on Facebook when Paul will be celebrating the book's release and chatting about its subject.

Virtual Launch details, Wednesday 10 October:
From 10am to 11am (Irish time), primarily for Australasians enjoying their evening
From 7pm to 8pm (Irish time), primarily for fellow Europeans

Virtual Launch details, Thursday 11 October:
From 2am to 3am (Irish time), primarily for North Americans

He'll be coming and going all day in between these hours, and you can dip in whenever you like, wherever you are. It's free and should be good fun. (I hope to see you there.)

Credentials for Genealogists (ISBN 978-1-9164480) can be purchased online for €16.00 (plus p&p) from Blessington Books. It will also be available at the Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI) stand at Ireland’s annual family history fair, BACK TO OUR PAST, at the RDS, Dublin, Ireland, (19-21 October).