AG – Accredited Genealogist – Awarded by The International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealigsts (ICAPGen)
CG – Certified Genealogist – Awarded by the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG)
FGC – Forensic Genealgist Credentialed – Awarded by the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG)
When to Hire a Genealogist
- To translate an unfamiliar language
- To transcribe abstracts
- When dealing with old handwriting or script
- To organize existing materials
- When you are stuck and need a fresh set of eyes
- To help understand DNA results
- To discover the biological family for an adoptee, orphan, or foundling
- To research a specialty topic
Genealogical Researchers often specialize is certain geographical regions. This is particularly helpful when you do not speak the language of your ancestors country of origin.
There is not a standard rate for genealogy research.
To keep costs down:
- Be as specific as you can in your request,
- Include a detailed list of what you’ve already looked at, and
- Provide copies of relevant documents.
Before hiring a Genealogist, ask to review their credentials.
Sign a contract with the Genealogist, that way you both know exactly what you are looking for and what is expected.
- Association of Professional Genealogists
- Useful for finding Genealogists in areas throughout the world
- Board of Certification of Genealogists
- Certifies genealogists by evaluating portfolios of research work samples
- Family Locket
- Genealogy Freelancers
- Allows you to post a project, receive bids and leave feedback about the researcher you use
- International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAP)
- ICAPGen requires genealogists to pass an examination showing that they have sufficient theoretical and pracical research background before they are accredited
- My Family Online
- Pro Heraldica USA