Association of Professional Genealogists. APG is an
independent organization whose principal purpose is to support
professional genealogists in all phases of their work: from the
amateur genealogist wishing to turn knowledge and skill into a
vocation, to the experienced professional seeking to exchange
ideas with colleagues and to upgrade the profession as a whole.
The association also seeks to protect the interest of those
engaging in the services of the professional. APG is a
professional Association for all genealogists supporting high
standards in the field of genealogy and has grown from 19 to
more than 1,300 members worldwide. APG supports existing groups
and programs to meet the unfilled needs of professional
- Association of Professional Genealogists. APG Directory.
Denver, Colorado: APG, [periodically updated]
Board for Certification of Genealogists
- Board for Certification of Genealogists. The BCG
Genealogical Standards Manual. Millennium edition. Orem,
Utah, Ancestry Publishing, 2000.
- Board for Certification of Genealogists. Certification
Roster. Washington: BCG, [periodically updated]
- Jacobus, Donald Lines. Genealogy as Pastime and
Profession. 2d rev. edition 1968. Reprinted, Baltimore:
Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986.
- Jones, Thomas W. "Good People Doing Wrong: Professionals and
Ethnic Violations." Association of Professional Genealogists
Quarterly 23,4 (September 2008): 119-124.
Researchers and Guides.
- Smith, Drew. Social Networking for Genealogists.
Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co, 2009. Using genealogy-related
examples, Smith demonstrates how many social networking and Web
2.0 sites and services can be used to share resources and
communicate with other genealogists.
- Society of
Professional Genealogists for German Speaking Europe. Refers
family research inquiries to established genealogical
specialists of those European areas which are or used to be
German speaking. These include Austria, Switzerland, parts of
present day Poland and other formerly German speaking regions in
Europe. (The Society, P.O. Box 31 16 33, 10653 Berlin, Germany).
- Szucs, Loretto Dennis. The Source: A Guidebook to
American Genealogy. Rev. edition. Salt Lake City: Ancestry,
1997. Chapters by 16 leading genealogists.
- What's New in Genealogy & Family History Resources? Newest information, news and current issues about the genealogy and family history community: conferences, transactions, personal activities, research, publications, social interactions and contacts with supporting institutions and public leaders.
Education and Certification
Academic Education Learning Resources: Educators.
education and learning resources for educators,faculty, staff, teachers, students, parents and research
- American School
of Genealogy, Heraldry, and Documentary Sciences. Distance
learning school situated in Mississippi. Offers one-to-one
mentorship and certificate programs in heraldry and documentary
Ancestry.com Learning Center. Videos, instructions,
tutorials, and other tools to help you go further with your
family history research and your research at Ancestry.com.
- Board for
Certification of Genealogist. Grants certification to those
who pass its evaluation procedures which are defined in the
The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual.
- Boston University. Genealogical Research Program.
Offers a fourteen-week online or classroom-based instructional
class in genealogy methodology. An intensive summer program is
Brigham Young University. Certificate in Family History
(Genealogy). 18 hours of college credit work. BYU also
offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Family History.
Brigham Young University. Independent Study. Free genealogy
related web courses offered by the Brigham Young University
Independent Studies program, including Finding Your Ancestors
(Course FHGEN 68), Vital Records (FHREC 73), Military Records
(FHREC 76), and regional and ethnic courses covering France,
Germany, Huguenot Resources, and Scandinavia.
Online education with video/slide presentations. All you need is
Microsoft Silverlight, a free download. Presentation
topics range from handwriting to lectures from the APG
Professional Management Conference (PMC) and cover countries
around the globe.
Family Tree Magazine. A full schedule of themed
courses and webinars through their Family Tree University (FTU).
Most are fee-based.
- Genealogy and
Internet Education Directory.
- Genealogy as an
Academic Discipline. By H. Daniel Wagner.
Classes: Genealogy.com. Instruction on beginning genealogy,
Internet genealogy, tracing immigrant origins, and researching
with Genealogy.com. Lessons take 10-15 minutes each and include
- Heritage Genealogical
College. Students take courses to earn an associate's or
bachelor's degree with Internet and live Web classes.
How to Start Your Family History. FamilySearch.org. Six-step
guide on how to start your family history; also includes links
to other helpful resources to begin your search.
Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists
(ICAP-Gen). Provides accreditation for those meeting
rigorous requirements and testing for various geographic regions
Introduction to Genealogy. About.com: Genealogy.
Self-paced lessons cover basics, family and home sources,
general research, and vital records. Includes optional quizzes
and homework assignments at the end of each lesson.
- Local adult night schools, colleges, repositories, computer
interest groups, Family History Centers, and
family history courses of study.
- Local, regional, and national genealogical conferences
provide excellent opportunities for learning, updating skills,
- National Genealogical Society.
Genealogy: A Home Study Course. Online classes that cover
different record types as well as a highly regarded CD-based
course. There is a member discount.
Institute for Genealogical Studies in conjunction with the
Professional Learning Centre, Faculty of Information Studies,
University of Toronto. Offer certificates in American, Canadian,
English, German, Irish and Scottish records in addition to ones
covering general methodology and librarianship.
England Historical Society. A three-part series "Getting
Started in Genealogy," one on beginning Irish research, and a
series focusing on library holdings.
- Pharos Teaching and
Tutoring. UK-based. Offers courses on Australian, English,
Irish, and Scottish ancestry from beginning classes to advanced
- ProGen Study Groups.
The ProGen Study Groups are organized to encourage
professional and aspiring genealogists to put into practice the
principles found in Professional Genealogy: A Manual for
Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers and Librarians,
edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills. This program employs an
innovative method of collaborative learning focused on
developing genealogical research skills and business practices.
RootsWeb.com Guides. Individual guides written for a variety
of topics, including general beginner info and guides focused on
record types, countries, and ethnic groups.
Schools - Colleges - Universities. Alumni and Genealogy
Education. Worldwide comprehensive resource of educational
institutions, past and present students, alumni, associations,
faculty, friends and military personnel.
Teaching Family History. By Steven Mintz. OAH
Magazine of History
Volume 15, No 4. Summer 2001.
Speaking and Lecturing
- Leary, Helen F.M. "Lecturing." Chapter 29 in Professional
Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors,
Lecturers, and Librarians. edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills.
Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2001, Pages 580-82.
- Stuart-Warren, Paula. "The Business of Speaking." In Legends Live Forever, Federation of Genealogical Societies 2004 Conference. Lecture T-72, syllabus pages 178-81.