Monday, September 11, 2006

Finding a Professional Genealogist


Association of Professional Genealogists (APG): http://www.APGen.org (I have just joined the APG).

Board for Certification of Genealogists: http://www.BCGcertification.org

International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists: http://www.icapgen.org/

Study guide: Becoming an Accredited Genealogist by Karen Clifford, ISBN 0-916489-81-7

Book: Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Lecturers, and Librarians, ed. Elizabeth Shown Mills, ISBN 0-8063-1648-9

Other nations
Australia and New Zealand:
Australian Association of Genealogists and Record Agents: http://www.aagra.asn.au/

Canada:
Genealogical Institute of the Maritimes / Institut généalogique des provinces Maritimes (the Maritimes of Canada): http://nsgna.ednet.ns.ca/gim/

Bureau Québécois D'Attestation de Compétence en Généalogie, Fédération Québécoise des Sociétés de Généalogie: http://www.federationgenealogie.qc.ca/

England:
Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives: http://www.agra.org.uk/

The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies: http://www.ihgs.ac.uk/

France:
Chambre Syndicale des Genealogistes — Heraldistes de France: http://www.csghf.org/

Chambre de Généalogistes Professionnels: http://www.cgpro.org/

Germany:
Society of Professional Genealogists for German-speaking Europe: http:www.berufsgenealogie.net/
P.O. Box 31 16 33, D-10653 Berlin, Germany

Ireland:
Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland: http://indigo.ie/~apgi/

Scotland:
Association of Scottish Genealogists and Record Agents: http://www.asgra.co.uk

The Scottish Genealogy Society: http://www.scotsgenealogy.com

About.com - How to Select a Professional Genealogist: http://genealogy.about.com/cs/professionalselect/


Do not think of today's failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. - Helen Keller

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Professional Genealogy

Well, I've done it. I joined the APG, the Association of Professional Genealogists (http://www.apgen.org/). Labor Day weekend we went to the cabin, as we do every year. I took only one book with me to read - Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Lecturers, and Librarians, ed. Elizabeth Shown Mills. Reading it filled me with respect for the authors of the various chapters, which cover most aspects of doing professional genealogy, and deepened my desire to raise the quality of my research and reporting. What triggered me to actually join, however, was my father's remark that one of his friends would be contacting me to do some research for him. I haven't decided whether or not I will take on a client, but if I do, I want to have the protection of membership in the APG. I've been on the APG list for quite a while, and have learned quite a bit as a reader and participant.

I have no idea whether or not I'll decide to certify as a genealogist eventually, but for now, membership in the APG felt like a necessary and appropriate step. I think next I would like to join NGS, and start reading the Quarterly (http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/). But one step at a time.

Finding a Professional Genealogist: http://genweblog.blogspot.com/2006/09/finding-professional-genealogist.html

This is the first test of using Writely.com to post directly to my blog. I'm liking the service so far. [Note: so far, not possible to post directly to this blog, probably because it is blogspot.com rather than blogger.com. ::sigh::]


Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. - Albert Schweitzer