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.


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