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I'm Jennifer, and I'm an Occasional Genealogist... sort of. For over ten years I've been a professional genealogist. I started researching my own family nearly 30 years ago. Like many of you, I started as an Occasional Genealogist. I had to squeeze research in while in school and while working full-time. Then I got my first genealogy job and for awhile, it was genealogy all the time. Now I have two kids. I do other people's genealogy constantly but my own? Coming up with ways to do great genealogy, despite all the interruptions, is now mandatory.

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I may link to products or services I have not personally used but believe would benefit readers. Why? There are so many genealogy resources out there, I just can't buy all of them! This policy differs from many non-genealogy bloggers so I'm including some examples below so you understand why.

  • I may link to a webinar or course from an instructor I know well, even if I have not taken the exact course. I am very careful about the "education" I recommend but it is not financially possible to have taken every opportunity (we're not talking $8 products from Amazon, here!).
  • I will recommend DNA tests or tools I have heard recommended by genetic genealogists I trust. This is a big area where there's no way I could (financially) afford to try everything, plus, if you have a different situation from me (including living in a different country where different laws apply to DNA testing), what works for me may not work for you.
  • I will recommend books that I hear recommended by others I respect or by authors I know. It seems unfair to avoid recommending a book I earn a commission for recommending, just for that reason, if I would recommend it to you otherwise.
Also, I just like making suggestions that might be helpful, that's just me. If I come across something on Amazon that sounds helpful and has good reviews, I want to share it, even if I haven't used it. I do this "in real life" all the time and I don't get a commission. I try to be very clear when this is the situation and I'll ask you to let me know if you've used the product and liked it (or not).

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