Sunday, January 16, 2011

Credentialing for genealogists

This weekend Ol' Myrt had a conversation with a gifted genealogy researcher who is considering becoming credentialed. Two organizations offer intensive professional review of genealogists. Check out the website for each organization to determine the type of credentialing that best fits your career goals.

Board for Certification of Genealogists -  "The first and most necessary step to becoming certified is to acquire the knowledge and skills that exemplify the standards articulated in the BCG Genealogical Standards Manual." Review examples and test your skills at this the BCG site.

ICAPGen - Review by this organization leads to accreditation through comprehensive written and oral examinations. Years ago, this process was sponsored by the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, but has since been "spun off" as a stand-alone organization.


  • Association of Professional Genealogists Professional Association for all genealogists supporting high standards in the field of genealogy, with over 1000 members worldwide. They have a public and private email list, where you'll learn a great deal about professionals in a variety of genealogy genres (publishing, editing, writing, lecturing, researching, etc.) Attend the annual APG Professional Management Conferences usually in conjunction with the Federation of Genealogical Society's annual conference.
  • National Institute of Genealogical Research - held at the National Archives in Washington DC. The 2011 program focuses on commonly used records such as immigration, military, land, African American, and naturalization. Complementing those core lectures will be presentations on lesser-known federal records useful to family historians. The group spends one day at Archives II in College Park, Maryland, and there are optional evening sessions at the Library of Congress and the DAR library.
  • National Genealogical Society American Genealogy Home Study Course 
  • Transitional Genealogists Mailing List - This is a mailing list for anyone who is on the road to becoming a professional Genealogist. It is a place to share experiences, problems, obstacles, downfalls and triumphs. It is a place to compare notes, and to learn from each others' successes, as well.
I do think national genealogy conferences contribute positively to a genealogist's learning experience. However, Ol' Myrt here favors intensive, week or month-long studies where interaction with a mentor can immediately correct and guide the developing professional.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
Your friend in genealogy.


  1. I agree with your educational preparation recommendations. Thanks for sharing this thoughtful post.

  2. Great list of resources.

    I would add one more to the list, if I may:

    Practice, practice, practice...