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.
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 $19.95. Click here to order yours today!
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.