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Welcome to ICAPGen

The International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists, internationally recognized as ICAPGenSM, sets standards for the genealogical community through comprehensive written and oral examinations. Learn about the organization.

Registration is now open for the ICAPGen Study Groups.

The next group will begin in January 2015.

What is an ICAPGen Study Group?

This is a 3 to 6 month study group that meets twice a month via the internet for an hour (maybe the first and third week of each month). Each group contains people with similar chosen regions. These groups cap at 8 to 10 people. Groups are organized to begin at the start of each quarter throughout the year.

What is the purpose of the ICAPGen Study Groups?

The purpose of these groups is to provide support for ICAPGen Project submission and preparation for the ICAPGen exam.

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

The participant:

  • Has already selected and begun the research project for the ICAPGen Project
  • 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 $100 Application Fee during the next 3 to 6 months

How Do I Register?

If you are interested in participating in the January 2015 Study Group please send an email to the address below. The email needs to include the following information:

  • Name
  • Email Address
  • Snail Mail Address
  • ICAPGen US Region or International Country chosen for application & testing
  • Brief genealogical background
  • Quarter in which you would like to begin in the Study Group (Jan, April, July, Oct)
  • Send this information to: StudyGroup@icapgen.org

ICAPGen 2015 Quarterly Exam Dates

ICAPGen 2015 testing dates. Please visit our Conferences & Events page for more details.

1st Quarter

Application Deadline 6 January 2015
Written Exam Dates 21 & 28 February 2015

2nd Quarter

Application Deadline 7 April 2015
Written Exam Dates 30 May 2015 & 6 June 2015

3rd Quarter

Application Deadline 30 June 2015
Written Exam Dates 15 & 22 August 2015

4th Quarter

Application Deadline 6 October 2015
Written Exam Dates 14 & 21 November 2015

ICAPGen Applications Now Accepted Online

Effective immediately, ICAPGen is accepting applications online. To submit your application online, go to Application Forms and follow the instructions. If you wish to submit your project on CD or a flash drive, you may continue to do so. Please be aware that the ICAPGen mailing address is a P.O. Box. Only the U.S. Postal Service will deliver to that address.

Brand New Book Available by ICAPGen!

Becoming an Excellent Genealogist

ICAPGen is very pleased to announce the publication of a brand new genealogy book, hot off the press: Becoming an Excellent Genealogist: Essays on Professional Research Skills, edited by Kory L. Meyerink, MLS, AG, FUGA; Tristan L. Tolman, AG; and Linda K. Gulbrandsen, AG.

Genealogical research has become one of the most popular pastimes in the United States. As the popularity of genealogical research continues to grow, so does the need for guidance that takes the researcher beyond basic, introductory instruction. This book provides higher levels of instruction to help you become a more excellent genealogist. It illustrates how to use sources and information better, develop more advanced research and analytical skills, and learn new methodologies.

The book is softcover and 234 pages. Price is $24.95. Click here to order yours today! Note: You must be logged in to purchase items from our site. Click here to create your own free account.

New ICAPGen Accreditation Policies

Policy effective as of 23 January 2013:

A new policy was approved by the ICAPGen Commission at its January 2013 board meeting. The policy became effective immediately. The policy reads, “When an applicant does not successfully pass a level after three attempts, the applicant will be required to wait for twelve months and submit proof demonstrating efforts to address the deficiencies identified following previous attempts, before making another attempt.” This policy applies to Level I, Level II, and Level III applicants.

Policy effective as of 1 January 2014:

All documents referred to in the ICAPGen Application Project report (the four-generation research report) will need to be scanned and submitted as part of the ICAPGen Application Project. Currently, only key documents (about 6-12 documents) that support the links between generations are required with the submission. This new policy applies to all applications that will be submitted for the January 2014 testing session. As always, all submitted documents must be labeled with a document number that is cross-referenced with the report and the research calendar.

Clarification concerning the ICAPGen Application Project

The four-generation research report submitted as part of the ICAPGen Application Project must be a client research report, not a compiled (aka narrative) report or a book. The purpose of the ICAPGen Application Project is to test an applicant’s ability to (1) conduct research based on a well-defined objective and (2) report all research findings, analysis of evidence, and conclusions based on that evidence, as if to a client. The four-generation research report must include the following elements:

  • A clear and concise research objective
  • An introduction (aka background information) that briefly discusses information known about the starting individual
  • All research findings, that are properly presented and analyzed
  • Solid conclusions based on evidence presented in the report
  • Recommendations for future research

Since the purpose of the four-generation research report is to present research findings and conclusions to a client, the applicant will usually find it easiest to use an ascending format (begin with the most recent ancestor and work back to the remote ancestor). ICAPGen highly recommends that applicants adopt an ascending format for the four-generation research report.

Evaluation of the four-generation research report focuses on the following areas:

  • The methodology applied by the applicant
  • The applicant’s astute analysis of the evidence
  • Valid conclusions
  • Generational links that are supported by the evidence presented in the report
  • Clear, professional writing style and presentation

ICAPGen Introduces New Testing Areas

ICAPGen is excited to announce several new exams under development. ICAPGen is currently accepting Level 1 submissions for all of the following areas: Central America, Brazil, Caribbean, South America North, South America South, Portugal & Azores, and the Philippines. Those interested in taking the Latin American exams may make their submissions in English or Spanish.

Saturday December 20, 2014

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