“Wondering if there is a post on your blog for someone starting the process of certification. I tried a few searches but didnt come up with a starting point. Im starting to think about doing my certification but want to take slow and steady path.” – An Inquiring Follower.

It’s high time I blogged again about this topic, so here goes. There are two genealogical credentialing bodies in the United States.

BCG LogoThe Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG)

iCapGen LogoThe International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICapGen)

Both websites provide examples of what to expect during the credentialing process.

Look into the pre-certification support Jill Morelli, CG provides using Google Hangouts. ICapGen provides similar mentining opportunities. Her blog Genealogy Certification: My Personal Journal contains worthwhile commentary as well.

DearMYRTLE’s YouTube Channel hosts several videos relevant to your preparation that I’ll spotlight in future blog posts. To begin with let’s have you review our Writing for Certification video where our guest Carmen shares her insights.

DearMYRTLE's Profile PicMyrt’s Musings

It is imperative that you not publish anything you plan to submit with your portfolio. Be careful not to blog about your kinship determination until after your portfolio has been accepted.

It is also imperative that candidates not seek research advice, as their portfolios must be entirely their own work – research, analysis, correlation, overcoming conflicting information, written conclusions, citations, etc.

For Further Reading