One of the best ways to explore the subject of genealogy is to discuss it with the staff of your local library. Librarians will be able to recommend good books on the subject and put you in touch with local genealogical societies, which often meet in public libraries. Most of these societies are open to anyone interested in the subject and welcome new members. Ask members about their genealogical work and ask if they recommend publications or other resources to learn more about the career. Professional, practicing genealogists can also give advice on good schools or training programs, opportunities for jobs, and some of the pitfalls of doing genealogical work full time.
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