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Why I Do It: Flexible Prices for Genealogy Services

I have been conducting genealogical research for clients for over a year now and believe me when I say that I’ve learned a lot so far. I’ve learned many tips and tricks to the find elusive records, how to conduct business with clients, and I’ve learned that sometimes, a task that someone gives you to research is outside the realm of your expertise.

But perhaps the most important thing I’ve learned this past year has been how to be more generous when it comes to clients.

Over the past year, I have run into multiple clients who want to break through a “brick-wall” but are afraid to hire a genealogist because they’re under a tight budget. When I come across a client like this, I respond to them with the utmost compassion and I vow to them that I will provide my services to them at a price which will both give them the ability to solve the family history mystery while also not costing them much financially.

You may be asking yourself, why I would do my pricing this way. The answer is simple. I believe that everyone has the right to learn about their family tree because it’s what makes us who we are and you simply can’t put a price on something like that.

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Tales of Our Ancestors Podcast Launched!

Today, Greenland Genealogy is proud to announce that our new podcast Tales of Our Ancestors has officially launched! In this podcast, we will tell the stories of those who have gone before as a way to keep their stories alive! The podcast is currently available on two platforms including,

Anchor

Pocket Casts

We will keep you updated as we are put onto more platforms! But be sure to keep up with both my blog and my podcast to get all of the latest stories from those who have gone before us.

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Happy Black History Month!

Happy Black History Month from Greenland Genealogy!

During the month of February, I will be writing blog posts about the genealogies of prominent African-Americans in history including,

Singer / Songwriter Stevie Wonder

Civil Rights Activist Medgar Wiley Evers

Singer / Songwriter Jennifer Hudson

Basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan

and Dr. Mae Jemison!

Hope you enjoy!

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Remembering My Ancestors Lost in the Holocaust

For those of us with Jewish ancestry, an unfortunate reality we must all face is the fact that we all lost some of our ancestors during the Holocaust or Shoah. I myself lost several members of my family during this awful event in history and I hope to keep their memory alive by listing them here for you all today.

Name              Where Held During the War                 Relation To Me

Gershon Glotzer                                   Warsaw                                                    3x great-uncle

Yossel Glotzer                                        Warsaw                                                    3x great-uncle

Rose Glotzer                                           Warsaw                                      2x great grandmother

Rachel Glotzer                                       Warsaw                                                    3x great-aunt

Moshe Grymland                                  Unknown                                                 2x great-uncle

Leah Grymland                                     Unknown                                                 2x great-aunt

Let us never forget the victims of this unspeakable tragedy and make sure that such an event like this never happens again.

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Keeping the Memories of Those Who Have Gone Before Us Alive

As a genealogy blogger I look everywhere for new stories to tell about those who have gone before us. I’ve looked into my own family tree and have written several blog posts about my own ancestors but I also believe that it’s important to tell the stories of other’s trees as well.

I tend to find myself with two options both involving graveyards. Option number one is to travel to graveyards and look at headstones for inspiration for a new post. This can be limiting in both time and resources because it would be impossible to travel beyond my own area.

I tend to go with option two which is to use websites like Find A Grave to search through cemeteries from around the world.

You’re probably wondering how I’m able to choose just one person to write about with millions of records out there. Luckily for me, Find A Grave has the option to leave a virtual flower on a grave you visited to say that you were there. I use this feature to look for those who seem to not have any visitors at all and if they haven’t had any, then I take it upon myself to research and tell their story to the world in a respectful way and then leave a flower to show people that this person is being remembered by someone.

Always remember that it is important to keep the memories of those who have gone before us alive so they and their stories are not simply lost to time.

How do you find inspiration for your blog posts? Share your strategies below!

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3 Challenges I’ve Faced When Trying to Become a Professional Genealogist

After graduating from college in May of 2017 I was faced with the challenge that many recent college graduates face, finding a job. In November of 2017, I was still without a job and was facing a big monthly loan payment. So I decided to attempt to turn my passion for genealogy into a business.

I have now been in business for a little over a year and have grown a following on social media, have had numerous clients, and have started a blog about stories I’ve uncovered during my research.

This year has had its share of success but it has also seen me face some challenges when trying to get my business off the ground.

Challenge # 1: Name Recognition

A big challenge I have seen during the past year is getting the name of my business out and known in the genealogy community. In order to get the name of my business out, I have created accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and have posted to these accounts almost daily and have gained a following on these accounts.

Challenge # 2: Funding for my Business

A second challenge I have faced is being able to fund my business. Without any type of disposable income, most of my advertising has been through free outlets like social media and online directories. These have landed me some business but any money I have obtained from these clients has gone right back into the business. Since I do not have a lot of funding for my business, I cannot purchase a lot items to help advertise my business, such as ads, an updated web address, and other forms of advertisement which help to legitimize my business and reach a broader audience.

Challenge # 3: Making a Living

The greatest challenge I’ve faced in becoming a professional Genealogist is making enough to live off of. As with many people trying to turn their passions into a profession is being able to make enough to live off of. Since beginning my journey to become a full-time genealogist, I have started working a full-time job in order to pay my bills and in my free time, continue to push my genealogy business further until I am able to focus solely on my business.

So my advice to those chasing their passions is to keep trying to chase them. It will be difficult for sure but as long as you keep trying, hopefully one day you will be able to pursue you passions as a full-time profession instead of just a hobby.