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How To Become a Professional Genealogist

Reference Material

The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) has a Learning Center that will be useful to anyone wishing to become a professional genealogist.

The International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGEN) offers Preparation Resources.

The following publications are essential to the library of every professional genealogist:

Bettinger, Blaine T., and Debbie Parker Wayne. Genetic Genealogy in Practice. Arlington, VA: National Genealogical Society, 2016.

Board for Certification of GenealogistsGenealogy Standards. Nashville, TN: Ancestry, 2014.

Curran, Joan F., Madilyn Coen Crane, and John H. Wray. Numbering Your Genealogy: Basic Systems, Complex Families, and International Kin. NGS Special Publication No. 97. Revised edition of Special Publication No. 64. Arlington, VA: National Genealogical Society, 2008.

Greenwood, Val. D. The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy. 4d edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2017.

Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace3rd edition, revised. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2017. Especially note “Fundamentals of Citation,” Chapter 2. (For continual updates and discussions visit https://www.evidenceexplained.com/)

———, editor. Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Teachers, and Librarians. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2001.

———, editor. Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice & Standards. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2018.
 

Training courses recommended by the Association of Professional Genealogists include:

As a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, you have access to all previously recorded webinars.

Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (GenFed)

Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP)

Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR)

National Genealogical Society offers many Online Courses

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG)

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