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From: "Robyn Jackson" <>
Subject: Re: [APG] Whippersnappers
Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2007 14:11:45 -0500
As a member of the Whippersnapper category myself I too have had a hard time. I started in genealogy in 1996 as a hobby at the age of 21. I was a new Mom and so a thought for a career in this field was not something I even thought of. By 2000 I was newly married and now knew this was something I wanted as a career. When first looking at what I wanted to do exactly in the field it was. By 2003 I had had looked at several schools and found not a whole lot offered out there. When looking BYU was the only one to offer Family history degree. I also had to go to the school in order to get the degree. Which living in Arizona at the time was not an option for me. I needed something I could do online. Since you could get all sorts of degree's online, why couldn't you get one in genealogy? Well I found myself at the doorstep of the National Institute for Genealogical Studies online. Here I can get a certificate in genealogical field. Its still not a degree like I was hoping but it was a step in the right direction. My point is that there should be more Universities offering degrees in Genealogical studies as well as History (which I also find lacking online). I feel that those "old times" as well as "whippersnappers" should really let their voices be heard to the schools. With everyone talking to them we may get even younger crowd to fall into this line of work. If we all band together we accomplish much. Besides I am still hoping that I will be able to get a degree in genealogy one day.