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AG® Researchers needed for Coach’s Corner at RootsTech 2017


This year a new initiative is being tested at RootsTech that will provide conference registrants the opportunity to sit down with a genealogical expert or ‘coach’ who will provide them with professional advice on any research problems they wish to have examined. Each session will be twenty minutes in length with the coach committing to at least three consecutive session during one hour (or more) during the conference. Coach and registrant will sit at a table in the Coach’s Corner which will be open and available for three days (Thursday-Saturday) of RootsTech 2017. Organizers will post an online registration opportunity allocating times when geographical expertise (ie. United States, Italy, France, etc.) and coaches will be available.

Please note that coaches are NOT expected to conduct research for the registrants, but only to review the problems presented and to advise on further research avenues and resources.

Coaches will be allowed to promote their professional services, whether individual or corporate, but we must be sensitive to the appearance of the ‘hard sell’ during the conference. RootsTech organizers are appreciative of the free service rendered by coaches, but this opportunity is not designed to acquire clients. A sign can be posted at the table and business cards can certainly be distributed.

Coaches will be supplied with snacks and water during their time assisting registrants. A name tag with area of expertise will also be provided. A timer on the table will ensure that each session begins and ends on time. Computer stations and Internet connections will be provided at each station.

Once registered as a coach, please make every effort to fulfill your time slot as it will be very difficult to find a replacement at the last minute. Our registrants will sign up beforehand and will arrive with the expectation of having someone there to help them with their research questions.

If you have any questions, please contact Stephen Young at:  801-240-5593  youngsc@familysearch.org

Call for volunteers!

volunteers6Would you like to be a part of ICAPGen℠ activities?  We have a number of opportunities for volunteers and would love to have you join one of our committees. You don’t need to live in the Salt Lake area to be a part of things.  Much of our work can be done remotely–in fact I am writing this from a small town in California!

We have needs for those who are already Accredited Genealogist® professionals, and also those who are not yet accredited. If any of these roles are a good fit for you, just let us know  by contacting the Study Group Committee at studygroup@icapgen.org or the Testing Committee at testing@icapgen.org. Here are a few of our volunteer needs:

Study Group Committee

  • Study Group Secretary – Maintain data about persons wanting to join the ICAPGen Study Groups. Check the Study Group email regularly and respond to emails.  Share information with the Study Group Committee Chair.
  • Study Group Co-Team Leader – Participate and organize monthly meetings via Google Hangouts for a period of 3 months.  Discussion topic material will be provided.  This position is a 3 to 6-month commitment.  Qualifications:  Must be an Accredited Genealogist professional or have passed Level 1.

Testing Committee

  • Executive Testing Committee Secretary – Take notes in test committee meetings. Send emails.  Follow up on task list assignments. Keep the committee focused.  Qualifications:  Must be an Accredited Genealogist professional and able to keep confidences.
  • Test Proctor Coordinator – Contact pre-AG professionals and create a list of persons interested in proctoring ICAPGen quarterly exams.  Schedule proctors, remind proctors of commitment and send thank you notes to proctors.
  • Oral Review Scheduler – Contact experts to participate in Oral Review.  Coordinate scheduling with experts and applicant.  Schedule Oral Reviews in the FHL or via Skype.  Notify Testing Committee of Oral Reviews scheduled.  Oral Reviews are typically scheduled quarterly with one to four scheduled each quarter.