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31 October 2016

"Become an Accredited Genealogist" by Karen Clifford

Becoming an Accredited Genealogist: Plus 100 Tips to Ensure Your Success written by Karen Clifford, AG (Accredited Genealogist) explains the need for credentials. Tip 1 on page 1, "If you are planning to become a professional genealogist, credentials are important. The credentialing examinations not only help to maintain quality and public confidence in the field of genealogy, but also help gauge personal preparation and qualifications" In Appendix A: Certification, the author states that the focus of her book is on accreditation not certification.

Readers may not be aware that two different methods exist, certification and accreditation. For the certification program, the Board for Certification of Genealogist (BCG) website offers comprehensive assistance with their process. The person desiring to become a Certified Genealogist (CG) submits a portfolio for review. The Utah Genealogical Association (UGA) under the accreditation program International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists, ICapGen, handles the testing for someone desiring to be an Accredited Genealogist (AG). An Accredited Genealogist (AG) submits a pedigree and completes a timed research exam. As of the writing of this book, the exams are held only in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Association of Professional Genealogist (APG) is an organization; it does not test level of competency. Everyone interested in furthering personal and professional development is welcome.

The following questions came to my mind before reading for content. With the publication date of 1998 and a cover reading Revised Edition with index, when was the revision written? How could the author handle the following errors? Proof reading error on page 14 includes the fourth bullet item has a gap between you and don't, is a word missing? Index on page 227 reads Grammar on page 30, actually Grammar is on page 31. Page 30 the first paragraph under "How to Prepare for Accreditation" at the end of the third line the is spelled teh. Usually the margin tips connect with the topic, example, tip 101 on page 208 "Use PERSI which is available at every family history center on microfiche, to help locate articles of interest." This tip is next to the text on "Periodicals" so the print flows from tip to topic or from topic to tip. How does tip 27 on page 16 "Animap is a computer program on U.S. regions that helps you visualize adjoining jurisdictions" connect with "Report Writing?" This is only one example. My last objection to the book is that the shiny print reflects light.

What makes this book unique?
  • very comprehensive for accreditation or AG
  • compares AG with CG
  • provides accreditation pre-test and 100 pages of help
  • read questions in preceding paragraph
Genealogical book reviewed: Clifford, Karen AG. Becoming an Accredited Genealogist: Plus 100 Tips to Ensure Your Success. Orem: Ancestry. 1998.

Ask yourself, does this book help me advance towards my genealogy goals? Comments or questions, please contact Selma Blackmon, Thank you!

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