An accreditation candidate should be able to accurately transcribe and translate documents from their chosen region from a variety of time-periods and with a variety of script styles.
If the candidate is accrediting in a region in which the primary language is not English, he/she will be expected to accurately translate documents of genealogical significance from the primary language into English. For regions that have documents in multiple languages, candidates will be required to abstract information of genealogical value (names, dates, places, events) in the languages other than the primary language of the region.
In addition to updating language requirements in regions outside of North America, the Board has approved the requirement that candidates demonstrate skill in a foreign language in US exams by abstracting a simple baptism, marriage, or death record if a region warrants such skill.
You will be required to identify all documents by type and language, if other than English. You will only transcribe and abstract English-language documents.
The Language Requirement Chart below is the current listing of the languages tested for each region.
|Testing Region||Transcribe & translate||Abstract|
|Austria||German, Latin||German, Latin|
|Belgium||French, Dutch, Latin||French, Dutch, German, Latin|
|Czechia||Czech, German||Czech, German, Latin|
|France||French||French, German, Latin|
|Northwest Germany*||German, Latin||German, Danish, Latin, French|
|Southern Germany*||German, French, Latin||German, French, Latin|
|Eastern Germany*||German, Latin||German, Polish, Latin|
|Hungary*||Hungarian, German, Latin||Hungarian, German, Latin|
|Italy||Italian, Latin||Italian, Latin|
|Luxembourg||French, German, Latin||French, German, Latin|
|The Netherlands||Dutch, Latin||Dutch, French, Latin|
|Poland||Polish, German, Latin||Polish, German, Russian, Latin|
|Switzerland||French, German, Latin||French, German, Italian, Latin|
|All other approved Latin American exams||Spanish||Spanish|
|Finland||Finnish, Swedish||Finnish, Swedish|
|England||English, Latin||English, Latin|
|South Africa*||English, Afrikaans||English, Afrikaans|
|Atlantic Provinces*||English, French||English, French|
|Quebec*||English, French||English, French, Latin|
|Great Lakes*||English||English, German|
|North Central*||English||English, German, Swedish|
|South Central*||English||English, French, German, Spanish|
*These tests are in various stages of development. Please contact ICAPGen before submitting an application.