New Genealogy Service Poised to Fill Gap In Genealogy Industry

This looks interesting. You can now obtain personalized coaching for your genealogy searches. The following announcement was written by the folks at genealogyDOTcoach:

New Genealogy Service Poised to Fill Critical Gap in Genealogy Industry

genealogyDOTcoachCEDAR HILLS, Utah – August 29, 2016 – A new family history service launched today that will fill a critical gap in the multi-billion dollar genealogy industry. genealogyDOTcoach(SM) is a new online service that matches up professional genealogists (called Genealogy Coaches) with people who want to have all the fun of making family history discoveries for themselves but just need a little assistance from someone they can trust.

“With do-it-yourself sites like Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org it has become so easy for anyone to start climbing their family tree,” says co-founder, Janet Hovorka. “But, sometimes people get a little stuck in the process. The traditional option at that point has been to purchase a 10 or 20 hour research package from a professional genealogist. Many people can’t afford that kind of help. Others are reluctant to do so because they want the joy of making those family history discoveries themselves. genealogyDOTcoach aims to fill that gap.”

The service launches with 25 coaches across 47 different categories. Topics include: getting started; genetic genealogy/DNA; tree analysis and writing a research plan; and document translation. Coaches also specialize in research for different regions of the world and different ethnic groups. The initial group of coaches have an average of 25 years of training and experience a piece. They are researchers, authors, and lecturers. The impressive list of coaches includes some of the most well-known genealogists in the industry.

On the genealogyDOTcoach website, users can select a topic and see a list of coaches who specialize in that topic. They can review comments and ratings from previous clients, to help them select a coach they would like to work with. Sessions can be scheduled for 15, 30 or 60 minutes. Pricing starts as low as $15 for 15 minutes.

Shortly before the coaching session, an email link is sent that allows the user to log in to a private video chat room. There they meet face to face, via video chat, to share screens and documents with the genealogy coach, and receive the help they need to keep them moving along in their family history journey.

“Clients leave the coaching sessions with a game plan for how to move forward in their family history research,” says Hovorka. “Just like life coaches or athletic coaches, genealogy coaches can give you the boost you need to be better at what you enjoy.”

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I was surprised to see that none of the coaching experts specialize in the tricky field of Irish genealogy which creeps into the branches of most American Family Trees. Then again, this oversight means that keen ancestry buffs will keep seeking out professional assistance from established Irish genealogy guidance organizations such as irishancestryresearch.com

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I don’t see this as a “critical gap” but laziness – go to a library and read a book; join or at least go to your local genealogy group for easy face to face networking; read blogs; 1,000’s of people watch webinars such as those provided by Legacy on topics of every possible interest and always more being produced. Talking out loud with “people” often helps sort it out in ones own mind the direction you next need to go in – even for a newbie!

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    Barbara, I think this is a good illustration of what Dick Eastman has written before about how the older generations and the younger think and work differently. I’m on the end of the Baby Boomers and see bits of myself in both that group as well as the one following. I’m on the board of a statewide weaving guild and we face the same issues that genealogy guilds do in trying to bring in the younger generations to become participants. As a board we are reading and studying the issues and what we can do to help show the younger generations that they can be part of us, and we can find ways to make them a part of it without demanding the same things that we older ones were satisfied with. Giving them what they want/need out of a membership. This new service is a great example of a service that is perfectly geared towards their needs. They do get to talk “out loud” with someone without taking all the time out of a day or evening, in their busy life, a face to face meeting somewhere else would entail. I would even love to take advantage of it for one or two of my lines. I might also add that not all people live close to face to face networking in genealogy. I live an hour away from the “city”. I don’t go very often. Even if I wanted to go, I don’t like to deal with that traffic. I am spoiled in my small corner. Doing things by internet is wonderful. (Except for my fibery pursuits, which is such a tactile world that conferences and guild meetings do mean much to me.) It is wonderful when I can do so much genealogy online instead. And, I might add, our library doesn’t have much. It would be lots of long waits for ILL to send books if I relied on them. I think this is a great service that is being added to all the ways that we can do our research in genealogy today.

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    Really Barbara! I can’t believe your response. Have you ever thought not everyone is as “sophisticated” and “intelligent” as you seem to be! There sure are a lot of genealogists out there that specialize Irish research. I guess they only work for lazy people.

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    Really Bill! I didn’t use the word “Irish” in my comment. I will await your apology.

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    Barbara, change the word Irish in my comment to German, Polish, Jewish, or any type of research. Your comment of “I don’t see this as a “critical gap” but laziness. . ” was condescending. I agree the comment below “I find the retreat into name-calling regrettable”.

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Fact is, genealogy is a great big tent, and lots of differences can be harbored beneath it! Some searchers wish to be spoonfed, interested only in the product, not the process. Others are challenged by economics and want whatever possible at the least cost. Yet others find the ineffable joy of the chase to be their greatest delight, and the elusive tidbit once tracked down and securely documented yet another mark of their continuing success.
I find the retreat into name-calling regrettable. We’re all in this together! The menu is massive, and because I don’t eat kale doesn’t make me less worthy as a person.

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15 minutes to go over all documentation, because everything is connected, if the correct analysis is to be given. A proper consultation would be at least an hour.

Second point, unless the photographs are dated, there is no way some of these people could have the years experience they claim. One guy claims 50 years, was he 5 years old when he started counting?

The other problem here, is that some situations necessitate a professional. I couldn’t be advised by a brain surgeon how to operate and be successful. The same goes for Genealogy. I have explained this to many people. I can’t send you to a repository to look for your answers. 1. You may not gain access, because many clerks, archivists, etc only allow people who know their stuff, to go through their records. 2. The answer in the archives may not be obvious to the untrained eye. It may be a clue that points in a different direction. A lay genealogist will probably miss a critical piece of information.

Although this service may help some people, it could cause problems later.

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    Jeff, I’m 75 and have been doing genealogy since I was 27 yrs old. That is 48 yrs! Did this guy say how old he was?

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    Jeff, for goodness sakes, are you saying people in their 60s are not capable of having 50 years experience? I am just astounded at the negative comments regarding this new business. I for one am excited to be able to ask a question of an expert. Yes, I go to a genealogy conference once a year, I listen to webinars every week, I read a couple journals, but it will just be nice to ask someone a couple questions.

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David Paul Davenport August 30, 2016 at 1:26 pm

I don’t want to sound like a “nay sayer” but young people are so married to their smartphones and other such modern devices they will “never” be able to do real genealogy – they think everything is on the internet (which experienced folks know is not true and never will be), they can’t read cursive (much less some of the obscure forms of penmanship like Scottish secretary hand), and they are not willing to learn the skills needed for accurate genealogy. Many of these same problems show up already in the Family Trees on ancestry that include the “same people” living 1000s of miles apart in the same census year, erroneous record matching, and incorrect sources. Sure it is nice to talk to somebody about genealogy but as Barbara writes above the best advice comes from face-to-face consultation with folks in local genealogy societies.

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    Don’t want to sound like a naysayer, but then prove that statement completely false? Yike. “Married to their modern devices. Never able to do real genealogy. Can’t read cursive. Not willing to learn.” This certainly does not reflect the state of the young genealogists I have encountered. Are you truly meaning to suggest that “real” genealogy is only done in person, without any touch of technology?

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OK people did you look at some of the coaches? Are you at all familiar with some of the experts in the field? I saw dozens of people I’ve listened to on Legacy Podcasts and YouTube videos and various other sources. The man with 50 years experience is The Genealogy Guy for crying out loud. With carefully prepared questions, 15 minutes with some of these people could be absolute gold.

Yes I’d love to go onsite and visit local sources but I am a retired expat and that’s not going to happen. Yes I am very active in my local genealogy society but none of us comes close to being as knowledgeable as some of those folks.

Thanks Dick for a valuable resource for my toolbox.

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I am a Reference Librarian at the Wisconsin Historical Society. I meet by phone or in person with people all the time for free. We usually talk at least 1 hour and come up with a research plan that helps that person know what they can find with us, what they can find at other institutions and where to go next. It’s free. There may be more librarians and archivists who do this. Check out your local library and local genealogical society. They may offer these sessions for free. It’s great fun to show people the paper trail and explain the many, many places to find records online and, most importantly, not online.

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    Lori, Sounds like a wonderful service that the WHS provides and I’m sure many other libraries provide. However, many historical societies and libraries don’t have the staff to provide these one-on-one consultations. Volunteers often provide this service, but if volunteers are limited as well that leaves some folks with the gap. But this is a good point you make and a coach should certainly include library and archive staff consultations (when available) as part of a clients DIY research plan.

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