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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Meet Suzanne R. Adams – Accredited in Italy

We would like to introduce you to Suzanne R. Adams, AG®, who earned her accreditation in Italy.

We asked Suzanne a few questions about her accreditation process, area of accreditation, and advice for those seeking accreditation. Here is what she shared with us.

What motivated you to pursue accreditation?

I think it was something that I always knew I wanted to do after graduating from BYU with a degree in family history/genealogy. Accreditation felt like a good next step in my journey. George Ryskamp was my mentor and always emphasized the importance of accreditation or certification. I personally wanted to continue to develop skills and test those skills.  Because I focused so heavily on Southern Europe; especially Italy – Accreditation in Italian research just made sense.

What are some challenging or unique aspects of researching in your area of accreditation?

Not sure how to answer this one!

What advice do you have for those pursuing accreditation?

Go for it! I truly believe if it is something you desire and you work hard enough, you can do it.

What are some of your goals as a genealogist?

Continue to learn as much as I can.  One of the things I love the most about family history—is that no one person knows everything and there is always something to learn. I am constantly trying to expand my knowledge in different areas.  My work at FamilySearch allows me to work with records from many areas of the world including Brazil, Portugal, Greece, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, United States and more.

What research projects are you involved with now, or have planned for the future?

My work experience has been long and varied.  After graduation from BYU I worked for Ancestry.com for 12 years and have now been employed at FamilySearch.org for almost 9 years. I’ve been lucky enough to work in a variety of areas in that time from content strategy, acquisition, community relations, PR, electronic records production, indexing workforce, partnerships, conferences, speaking, research (including seasons 1 and 2 of Who do You Think You Are? and Ancestry.com’s full service genealogy). I do occasionally take clients and have taught in a few courses at SLIG and GRIP.  I enjoy teaching at conferences and helping others to learn.  

I currently work for FamilySearch.org on the Content Strategy team. The Content Strategy Team at FamilySearch identifies and prioritizes records for family history research. Content Strategists define the data strategy – records to acquire and records to make available – for their assigned localities. I currently work with strategy for Brazil, South America South (Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile), United States Western States and Federal Strategy, Italy, Portugal, Adriatic (Croatia, Greece, Alabania, etc.), Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Isles. There are always exciting things happening at FamilySearch!

 Do you have a website you would like to have mentioned?

Not a personal one, but you can find me on LinkedIn or ICAPGenSM .

https://www.linkedin.com/in/suzanne-adams-4a78a7/

https://www.icapgen.org/find-an-ag-professional/suzanne-russo-adams/

When did you receive your accreditation?

October 2000… I am coming up on my 20 year anniversary. WOW!

Is there anything else you want to let us know about your genealogy experience or activities?

Here is my bio from ICAPGenSM and other places…don’t know if that will help, too.

Suzanne Russo Adams, MA, AG® is a member of the Content Strategy team at FamilySearch. She was previously employed by Ancestry.com for nearly 12 years in US Content Acquisition and Electronic Production. She is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a BS in sociology and a BA in family history/genealogy specializing in Southern European research, specifically Italy. Suzanne also has a Masters degree in European History (December 2008) and is a graduate of NIGR (2003). She has served on the Association of Professional Genealogists Board (APG) and as a commissioner for the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional GenealogistsSM (ICAPGen). She is the author of Finding Your Italian Ancestors: A Beginner’s Guide (Ancestry, 2008) and was a lead researcher for Season 1 of NBC’s hit series “Who Do You Think You Are?”

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: MEET C. LYNN ANDERSEN – ACCREDITED IN U.S. MIDSOUTH, UPPER SOUTH AND SOUTHEAST

We would like to introduce you to C. Lynn Andersen, AG®, who earned her accreditation in the U.S. regions of Mid-South, Upper South, and Southeast.

We asked Lynn a few questions about her accreditation process, area of accreditation, and advice for those seeking accreditation. Here is what she shared with us.

What motivated you to pursue accreditation?

I don’t remember the why but I do remember the when. My first interest in accrediting dates back to when the Family History Library (FHL) sponsored the credential. I had only been doing research for a couple of years. That would make it about 1987 or so. I even took the ICAPGenSM test a couple of times while the FHL sponsored it. My region of interest was the Southern States and under the FHL it included fifteen states. Needless to say, I failed both times. I gave up until ICAPGenSM took over the credential and broke the Southern States region into the Mid-South and Gulf-South region. Even with seven states instead of fifteen, I ended up taking some sections multiple times.

What are some challenging or unique aspects of researching in your area of accreditation?

I’m accredited in Mid-South, Upper South and Southeast. Lack of records presents the biggest challenge.

What advice do you have for those pursuing accreditation?

View all of the ICAPGenSM YouTube videos before starting. Follow the “Guide to Applying for an Accredited Genealogist® Credential” closely when preparing your Level 1 Project. Have someone proofread your project.

For Level 2, become familiar with and use as many record types from your region of interest as possible. Practice, practice, practice… transcribing, abstracting or translating documents from your region of interest. Practice creating research plans for various types of documents and questions using a timer set for 15 minutes and include at least five steps, more steps if you can.

For Level 3, practice, practice, practice… research projects in a four-hour time limit. Make sure to include all items discussed in the Guide.

What are some of your goals as a genealogist?

I’m retiring in three to five years from professional work, but I don’t think I will ever stop doing genealogical research.

What research projects are you involved with now, or have planned for the future?

I perform part-time client research, and I’m writing a book titled, My Patriot Ancestors of the American Revolution and Their Stories.

When did you receive your accreditation?

2006

Is there anything else you want to let us know about your genealogy experience or activities?

I volunteer at the FHL as a research specialist for the US & Canada area. Currently, I also volunteer as the ICAPGenSM Testing Committee Chair, but I’m retiring from it at the end of this year.

Learn more about Lynn on her website: http://fbgsonline.com/about-3/about-2/