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Genetic Genealogists

Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

Certification or Licensing

There are no specialized certification programs for genetic genealogists, but general genealogists can seek voluntary certification from several organizations. Earning a general certification shows that the genealogist has met high standards and that they have pledged to follow a code of ethics when working with clients. The Board for Certification of Genealogists offers the certified genealogist and certified genealogical lecturer designations. The International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists offers the accredited genealogist designation to genealogists who complete a number of professional requirements. The Genealogical Institute of the Maritimes grants genealogists working in Canada the following certifications: genealogical record searcher (Canada) and certified genealogist (Canada). Contact these organizations for more information.

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