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Language Requirements

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.

Examples of records that would be similar to those that you would have to abstract for US regions can be found here.

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
 

Continental Europe

 

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
Portugal* Portuguese Portuguese
Russia* Russian Russian
Spain Spanish Spanish, Catalan
Switzerland French, German, Latin French, German, Italian, Latin
 

Latin America

 

Mexico Spanish Spanish
Brazil* Portuguese Portuguese
All other approved Latin American exams Spanish Spanish
 

Scandinavia

 

Denmark Danish Danish, German
Finland Finnish, Swedish Finnish, Swedish
Norway Norwegian Norwegian
Sweden Swedish Swedish
 

British Isles

 

England English, Latin English, Latin
Ireland English English, Latin
Scotland English English, Latin
Wales English English, Welsh
 

Africa

 

South Africa* English, Afrikaans English, Afrikaans
 

Canada

 

Atlantic Provinces* English, French English, French
Ontario* English English
Quebec* English, French English, French, Latin
Western Provinces* English English
 

United States

 

African-American (Specialty)* English English
Great Lakes* English English, German
Mid-Atlantic* English English, German
New England* English English
North Central* English English, German, Swedish
Northwest* English English
South Central* English English, French, German, Spanish
Southeast* English English
Southwest* English English, Spanish
Upper South* English English

*These tests are in various stages of development. Please contact ICAPGen before submitting an application.

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