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Association of Professional Genealogists
The Association of Professional Genealogists, established in 1979, is an international organization that supports professionals in genealogy-related businesses. APG encourages genealogical excellence, ethical practice, mentoring and education. The organization also supports the preservation and accessibility of records useful to the fields of genealogy and history. Members of APG agree to abide by a code of ethics (www.apgen.org/ethics) in their profession.
Board for Certification of Genealogists
When the need arises to hire a professional genealogist, many turn first to the associates of the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Certification of genealogists through BCG is based on completion of a portfolio of work that is adjudged to meet rigorous standards of competence in a number of areas, including evidence collection and evaluation, and clear and concise writing. These standards have been established and revised by BCG since the organization's founding in Washington, D.C., in 1964. The BCG web site offers: a directory of genealogists who hold board certification and are bound to a code of ethics; details on the examination process; and numerous educational articles.
ICAPGen - International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists
An accreditation program designed to test an individuals competence in genealogical research was developed by the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the mid-1960s. In 2000, the Family History Department transferred their sponsorship of the Accreditation Program to the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen).