Heirlines Professional Genealogy Tip:

Accredited Genealogist (CM) AG (R)

Anyone can do genealogy work. However, few people enjoy the luxury of having sufficient time and resources at their disposal for doing scholarly genealogy history work that is required to produce a qualified and authentic family tree with the correct sourcing and documentation. Even those who do have the time and resources often lack the knowledge and experience that make doing family history work efficient rather than overly taxing of time and money.

If you are one of the many who aren’t able to expend the time or resources on doing family history work, your genealogy need not remain undone. There are many professional genealogists and professional genealogy research companies that are willing to help you find your roots. If you want verifiable documented research, make sure you hire a professional who is an Accredited Genealogist (CM).

What is an Accredited Genealogist?
In 1964, the Genealogical Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints established the Accreditation Program for professional genealogy researchers. Administration of the program was transferred to an independent testing organization, the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists – ICAPGen (SM) – (http://www.icapgen.org/), in 2000. Since then qualified professional genealogists have been rigorously tested through their Accredited Genealogist program and have earned one or more AG (R) credentials in their area of research specialty.

In order to become an Accredited Genealogist, a person must

  • have at least 1000 hours of research experience in the specific geographical or subject area they wish to become accredited in,
  • submit an extensive application which includes a complete research project detailing their findings covering the immediate families of four generations of a family lineage (Family Lineage landing page) within the specific geographic region or ethnic group,
  • agree to hold to high ethical and research standards and abide by a “code of ethics,” and
  • pass a rigorous exam.
  • While no formal genealogy classes are required, they are often recommended and can be credited toward the required experience hours.

Benefits of an Accredited Genealogist
As you can tell by the process a qualified professional genealogist must go through to become accredited, it’s not easy. Only truly determined, skilled, and experienced professional genealogists obtain accreditation and earn the AG designation. One of the most obvious benefits of employing an Accredited Genealogist is that you can know that he or she has had real experience. You can also be confident that he or she is an adept researcher who can use a variety of records, and can properly identify and link persons into your genealogical tree.

Heirlines Family History and Genealogy, Inc. has been climbing the family tree professionally since 1969. Heirlines (http://www.heirlines.com/aboutus.html) is a professional genealogy research company that was founded by James Petty, AG, CG, an Accredited Genealogist who has nearly 40 years of professional genealogy experience, training, and education. In addition to founding and heading Heirlines, (www.heirlines.com), Petty is also the co-founder of Heritage Genealogy College
(www.genealogy.edu). As a Senior US Reference Librarian for the Genealogical Society of Utah/Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the 1970s,(www.familysearch.org), Petty assisted in preparing and administering the accredited genealogist exams for all parts the United States.. He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (www.apgen.org) and has obtained the elite credential of Certified Genealogist or CG through The Board for the Certification of Genealogists peer-review certification program. (www.bcgcertification.org).

Contact Heirlines today for a free consultation (http://www.heirlines.com/free_consultation.html) to hire an Accredited Genealogist to trace your family tree professionally.

Submitted by Mary E. Petty, BA (History, BA (Genealogy)

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