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About Us

The International Commission for the Accredidation of Professional Genealogists, internationally recognized as ICAPGen, is a professional credentialing organization dedicated to testing an individual's competence in genealogical research. The organization is administered by a board of qualified Commissioners with many years of experience.

What we do

Those who hold the Accredited Genealogist credential have demonstrated knowledge of the key sources, history, geography, methodologies, and language of their region of interest and know how to accress those records, wherever they exist, whether it is through personal onsite research, correspondence with repositories, or through a representative onsite. They are also proficient in the use of digitized original sources online. Accredited Genealogist professionals possess the skill to transcribe and abstract handwritten documents, analyze an dinterpret evidence, and communicate research results in quality written reports.

Examinations are given to applicants demonstrating sufficient theoretical and practical research backgrounds. A different exam is given for each geographical region, so individuals who pass an exam are rightfully designated as research experts in that region. Exams may also include subjects of specialization.

Where we are

Our Accredited Genealogist professionals can be found worldwise, and have proven research expertise in one or more of the 8 United States regions and 21 different countries.

Where we test

Exams are typically held at the Family History LIbrary in Utah, but for those who prefer to test elsewhere we can arrange a proctored exam at a local facility, and conduct an Oral Review via the internet.