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To download a pdf version of the “Guide to Applying for an Accredited Genealogist® Credential” click here.


Quick Reference Guide Tips

Your own resources can be consulted for the written portions of the exam. Prepare a file folder(s) on a flash drive (from which information will be transferred to the computer on which the test is administered) or in files available online (stored in a Cloud site such as Dropbox, GoogleDrive, or OneDrive etc.) which can be accessed from the computer used for research. Alternately, you may compile these resources into a physical binder. Design this guide based on your personal needs. A few suggestions of key items include:

  • Maps & gazetteers (Finding aids)
  • Word lists (Latin, Swedish, etc.)
  • Paleography (handwriting) samples
  • Historical background
  • Timelines
  • Websites
  • Articles
  • Unique sources
  • List of archives, libraries, genealogical and historical societies
  • Customs and laws
  • Migration trails
  • Periodicals
  • Methodologies
  • Research guides
  • List of key reference material
  • Document samples

Create a quick reference sheet(s) for each state (province or similar political subdivision). It could include the following:

    • Year of independence or year became a state
    • Years civil registration or vital records began
    • Years of available census or population schedules (federal, state, territorial)
    • Historical timeline
    • Major archives
    • Major genealogical publications
    • Major genealogical or historical societies
    • Unique items
    • Maps – country, state and counties or other jurisdictions
    • Key records available online


ICAPGen Study Groups

What is an ICAPGen Study Group? It is a study group that meets via the Internet to provide support for ICAPGen Project submission and preparation for the ICAPGen exam. These groups cap at 6 people.

What is needed to participate in one of the ICAPGen Study Groups?

The participant:

  • Has watched the video “Thinking about becoming an Accredited Genealogist?”
  • Is able to answer affirmatively to the Practice Questionnaire on pages 26-27.
  • Wants to submit ICAPGen Application and Project within the next 3 to 6 months
  • Commits to attending all bi-monthly meetings via internet.
  • Commits to completing all Study Group assignments on time.
  • Is prepared to pay the Level 1 testing Fee during the next 3 to 6 months. Fees are only good for one year. Therefore, fees should not be paid until the four-generation project is ready to be submitted.

How to Register?

If you are interested in participating in a Study Group, complete the form accessed through the link below:

Study Group Interest Form


ICAPGen Exam Proctoring

What is an ICAPGen Exam Proctor?

ICAPGen regularly needs volunteers to proctor exams onsite at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Exams are administered on a quarterly schedule. Proctors do not need to be AG professionals. This is a great opportunity for prospective AG professionals to become familiar with the process. Testing starts at 9:15 am and takes approximately 5 hours. To see scheduled testing dates, click here.

What are the responsibilities of a proctor?

  • Support
    • Remain with the examinee during the duration of the exam (4 hours, plus breaks)
    • If examinee has questions, pause the time and speak to an ICAPGen testing administrator
    • Ensure the examinee is not interrupted
  • Timing
    • Time each section of the examinee’s exam
    • Politely remind the examinee when time is running out
  • Integrity
    • Ensure that that all copies, notes, or materials created during testing are returned with the exam
    • Hold the examinee’s electronics during the exam

You will receive a document with additional details after you register and are selected to proctor an exam.

 How to register?

If interested complete the “Volunteer Proctor Availability” form to tell us about your availability. You will be placed in a database and contacted when proctors are needed. If you are a prospective AG professional, you will be assigned to proctor a test for a region other than your chosen region of accreditation. To access the form use the link below:

Volunteer Proctor Availability Form


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