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From: "Elissa Scalise Powell, CG" <>
Subject: Re: [APG] wrong question - APG, BCG, ICAPGen, IGHR
Date: Mon, 8 Jan 2007 22:36:39 -0500
In-Reply-To: <000401c7334c$54a885d0$0201a8c0@cherylt7t0kqfn>

A little bit more: APG which sponsors this free and open email list has many
benefits of membership. For a mere $65 you become part of the genealogical
professional community and receive its wonderful publication chock-full of
relevant articles and news, the *APG Quarterly.* The APG sponsors a
professional management conference for one day at the FGS conference each
year. There is much going on to address the needs of the members and
advertise members as available, hirable professionals. You can learn more by
going to www.APGen.org including the lecture schedule for the next APG
Professional Management Conference in Ft. Wayne, IN in August.

The two credentialing organizations are ICAPGen (which you have already
found and requires the timed, proctored test to be taken at the Family
History Library in Salt Lake City) and the Board for Certification of
Genealogists (BCG) which asks applicants to submit a portfolio of their work
by postal mail for judges comments. No travel involved for the test (except
as your own genealogical projects require.)

Passing either credentialing programs allows you to append the appropriate
credential title to your name. Belonging to the Association of Professional
Genealogists does not allow for any credential appendage but just a
secondary line where you may proudly state "Member of APG." All 3
organizations require a code of ethics to be signed and have an arbitration
arm to hear disputes.

You can learn more from each of the websites or visit with each group at
national conference or other learning opportunities. Since you are in
Alabama, you may be interested in looking into the Institute of Genealogy
and Historical Research (IGHR) held at Samford University in Birmingham
every June (this year it is June 11-15). There are 10 courses offered during
the week, one being "Professional Genealogy." You can learn more at


Elissa Scalise Powell, CG
Member, APG
Course Coordinator, IGHR, "Professional Genealogy"
CG and Certified Genealogist are Service Marks of the Board for
Certification of Genealogists used under license after periodic evaluations
by the Board. http://www.BCGcertification.org/

> -----Original Message-----
> From: [mailto:] On Behalf
> Of Cheryl Abernathy
> Sent: Monday, January 08, 2007 12:42 PM
> Lisa:
> As Donald stated in his email, APG is a professional organization. There
> is no travel involved unless it is to attend a local chapter meeting,
> one of which is in Alabama.
> As for certification from the Board of Certification for Genealogists,
> check their website for the requirements - www.bcgcertification.org.
> Hope this helps.
> Cheryl A. Abernathy
> The Past Lane
> Fredericksburg, OH
> Member, Association of Professional Genealogists,
> Ohio Genealogical Society, National Genealogical Society
> Volunteer, Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness

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