So you want to be a genealogist?

Traces spoke with Dr Imogen Wegman, Lecturer in History and Classics at the University of Tasmania (UTAS); and Nathan Wise, Associate Professor in Public and Applied History in the School of Humanities at the University of New England (UNE), about becoming a professional genealogist or family historian.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to turn their passion for genealogy or family history into a business?

Genealogy can be very rewarding, but make sure you are interested in other people’s histories and not only your own! Sometimes we have more patience with the brick walls in our own stories than those in others’. Ask at your local library or archives if they need a family history volunteer to work with clients.

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