The Occasional Genealogist Planner

Basic Edition

Do you feel like you repeat research over and over again because you got interrupted before you "finished?"

Have you ever made a big find only to start filing it--- and discover you found that document, just so long ago you forgot?

Whether you have one or all these problems, you're probably an Occasional Genealogist. You just don't have enough time for your family history. Or do you?

The solution for all Occasional Genealogists is organization. If you want to do quality, productive genealogy, you have to follow the research process and keep yourself organized.

But that's not easy when you're constantly interrupted or struggling to find time to do genealogy at all.

The Occasional Genealogist Planner is designed to help ANY genealogist but it will make the most difference for those with very little time. It is also extremely useful for genealogists that are cheating the research process to try and save time, don't know how to follow the research process, or maybe don't even know what it is.

Organization will take your Occasional genealogy from lackluster to great. Organizing is not why you got started in genealogy, though. You want to research, you want to find ancestors.

The Occasional Genealogist Planner can help you be organized, like any planner can, but it's so much more than that. I've broken genealogy down into little chunks. This is essential for every Occasional Genealogist. It's why I came up with the concept of "The Occasional Genealogist" in the first place. Genealogy is taught for great big chunks of time, and you don't have that!

With The Occasional Genealogist Planner, you get an organizational tool, but you're also getting the inspiration to kick-start your planning. The Planner is flexible to allow you to follow your personal interests and create a plan that works for your research. It includes suggestions of what to do and how to break it into little bits to fit the time you have available, no matter how much time that is.


Your Instructor

Jennifer Patterson Dondero
Jennifer Patterson Dondero

An avid genealogist for over twenty-five years, Jennifer has been a professional genealogist since 2005. She first began working as a full-time professional in the Genealogy Department of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). In 2008 she decided to move on to new challenges and left the DAR to start her own company, J.P. Dondero Genealogy.

Jennifer’s professional specialties include lineage applications, southern research, National Archives Records, using technology for genealogy, including DNA, and most recently "Occasional Genealogy." In addition to professional research services, she is the author of The Occasional Genealogist, a blog specializing in techniques for genealogists who have to do genealogy in less than ideal (i.e. short) amounts of time.

She is a 2008 graduate of the National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR). She has also attended the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) multiple times since 2005, as well as attending and lecturing at national and local conferences.

This course is not open for enrollment.