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Professional Genealogical Organizations

Association of Professional Genealogists, APG
P.O. Box 350998, Westminster, CO 80035-0998, tel. 303-422-9371, fax 303-456-8825
Roster: A directory of professional genealogists is availble in an on-line directory on the website.
The Association of Professional Genealogists is an organization promoting genealogy as a profession and encouraging professionalism in genealogy. APG members conduct research or serve in related fields - librarians and archivists, writers and editors, consultants and indexers, instructors and lecturers, booksellers and publishers, computer specialists and geneticists.
Screening process: No testing. Members must adhere to the Association of Professional Genealogists' Code.

Board for Certification of Genealogists, BCG®
P.O. Box 14291, Washington, D.C. 20044
Roster: On-line Roster on website.
Screening process: Tests and certifies researchers in the U.S., Canada, and abroad and pledges a Code of Ethics and Conduct. Classes of certification: Certified Genealogist (CG), Certified Genealogical Instructor (CGI), Certified Genealogical Lecturer (CGL). Genealogists certified by the BCG must renew certification every five years.

Federation of Genealogical Societies, FGS
P.0. Box 200940, Austin, TX 78720-0940
tel. 512-336-2731, fax 512-336-2732

Genealogical Speakers Guild, GSG
PO Box 38314, Olmsted Falls, OH 44138-0314

International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen)
P.O. Box 970204, Orem, UT 84097-0204
Roster: On-line Roster on website.
Screening Process: Tests for Accredited Genealogist (AG) in specialized areas. Genealogists must sign a commitment to a Genealogist's Code of Ethics and are accredited by the ICapGen renew accreditation every five years.

National Genealogical Society, NGS
6400 Arlington Blvd., Suite 810, Falls Church, VA 22042-2318
tel. 800-473-0060 (toll free in USA) or 703-525-0050
Genealogical Standards

New England Historic Genealogical Society, NEHGS
101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
tel. 617-536-5740, fax 617-536-7307

International Genealogical Organizations


Australasian Association of Genealogists and Record Agents, AAGRA
P.O. Box 268, Oakleigh, Victoria 3166, Australia
On-line Directory on website.
Screening process: Tests and certifies in Australian and New Zealand records. Members subscribe to a Code of Ethics. Classes of Certification: Record Agent and Genealogist.

Society of Australian Genealogists
Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
On-line List of Diplomates on website.
Screening process: Formal course and examination, resulting in a Diploma in Family Historical Studies (Dip. F.H.S.).


Le Bureau québécois d'attestation de compénce en généalogie, Fédération québécoise des sociétés de généalogie
Case postale 9454, Québec, QC G1V 4B8, Canada

Genealogical Institute of the Maritimes/Institut généalogique des provinces Maritimes
P.O. Box 3142, Halifax South Postal Station, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3H5, Canada
On-line Roster on website.
Screening Process: Tests and certifies for specialized research areas in Canada such as provinces, resource centers, or special groups like Loyalists. Classes of Certification: Certified Genealogist (Canada) [CG(C)] and Genealogical Record Searcher (Canada) [GRS(C)].


Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA)
Box A, 14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Road, London EC1M 7BA
On-line List of Members on website.
Screening process: Listing in roster given only to those deemed competent by long experience, as recommended by their peers.


Chambre des généalogistes professionnels
55 avenue Marceau 75116 PARIS, France
Directory and directory on website.
Screening process: Members ascribe to Le Code de Dontologie (deontology).

Chambre Syndicale des Généalogistes et Héraldistes de France
231, rue Saint-Honor, 75001, Paris, France
On-line Annuaire (Directory) on website in French and English.


Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI)
c/o The Honorary Secretary, 74 Maryville Road, Raheny, Dublin 5, Ireland.
Screening process: Accreditation is attained through application, processed by the Association's independent Board of Assessors.

New Zealand

Genealogical Research Institute of New Zealand (GRINZ)
This organization ceased to exist at the end of 2001.


Association of Scottish Genealogists and Researchers in Archives
35 Pittville Street, Edinburgh EH15 2BX, Scotland, U.K.
On-line List of Professional Researchers on website.
Screening process: Code of practice.

The Scottish Genealogy Society
15 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL, Scotland
The Society can supply a list of members who are professional searchers, but any commission of this kind must be carried out independently of the Society.

Reference Materials

The Board for Certification of Genealogists. Genealogy Standards: Fiftieth Anniversary Edition. Nashville, Tennessee: Ancestry, 2014.

Greenwood, Val D. The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy. 3rd ed. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2000.

Merriman, Brenda Dougall. Genealogy in Ontario: Searching the Records. 30th Anniversary Edition. Toronto: Ontario Genealogical Society, 2013.

Meyerink, Kory L., ed. Printed Sources: A Guide to Published Genealogical Records. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1998.

Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Evidence! Citation and Analysis for the Family Historian. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1997.

Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Evidence Explained - Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace.Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2009.

Mills, Elizabeth Shown, ed. Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2001.

Szucs, Loretto Dennis and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking, eds. The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy. Third ed. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 2006.

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