Category Archives: ICAPGen member spotlights

Member Spotlight: Debbie Hooper, AG®, CG® accredited in U.S. Mid-Atlantic States

Meet Debbie Hooper,  AG, CG, recently accredited in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic States.  Debbie is employed by Ancestry ProGenealogists.

What motivated you to pursue accreditation?

I have been a certified genealogist since 2012. Since few people hold both credentials, I thought it would be nice to prove to myself I could become accredited also.

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

New York is so different from other mid-Atlantic states. Marriage records are scarce, and many people did not own land prior to 1840. New Jersey is a little difficult to research since census records are not available for 1790 through 1820 (with the exception of one county available in 1800).However, both New York and New Jersey took state censuses between the decennial U.S. censuses. All five states are original U.S. colonies, so records are available from the 1600s in many cases.

What advice do you have for those pursuing accreditation?

Pay attention to the requirements for each level. For the Level 1 research report, make sure to provide analysis in the report. You can write the report as though the client knows nothing about genealogy, and this is your way of explaining the research.

What are some of your goals as a genealogist?

Gee, that is a tough one.  It would be nice to have an article published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly.

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

I have been working on a series of articles on researching in the counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore for the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal. The first one will be published in the upcoming issue.

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

I am still researching my own family history that I began in 1986.

Member Spotlight: Laurie Hermance-Moore, AG® accredited in U.S. Midwest States

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Meet Laurie Hermance-Moore, AG, newly accredited in the U.S. Midwest States. 

What motivated you to pursue accreditation?

I considered both accreditation and certification.  What appealed to me about accreditation is the emphasis on being an expert on sources.  I’ve had an MLS for years and always prided myself on being an expert on where to find things–this let me take it to a whole new level!  

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

I’m accredited in US Midwest states.  I find vital records to be the hardest–every one of the eight states has different rules for access.  I rely on the study guides I created for the exam and update them to be able to effectively work within vital records guidelines. 

What advice do you have for those pursuing accreditation?

Take your time on the study guides for your area.  View it as building a library that you’ll use in the future and capture a lot of detail. It’s worth spending time on.  Organize it in a way that you can quickly get to each topic. 

What are some of your goals as a genealogist?

I develop experiences for people that personally connect them to American history through the events and places that mattered to their family. There are so many places that our ancestors experienced that we can still visit today! 

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

I live in Ohio and was born in Missouri, so I’m a Midwesterner through and through.   really enjoy traveling to local areas to do research throughout the Midwest and love being close to the great libraries and archives we have here. 

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

 www.heritagebridge.com

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

I hold a Masters in Library Science, the Boston University certificate in genealogical research, and completed ProGen 29. Besides my genealogical education, I hold a masters’ degree in marketing, and have worked for many years as a marketing research director in a large advertising agency.  I lead strategic planning, branding, and marketing planning for societies and other professional genealogists.   I’m on the board of the Ohio Genealogical Society, and I’m a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, where I write a regular column on business and marketing for the APGQ.