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.
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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.