There are two formal genealogical accreditation systems in the United States, which are independent of one another, and which are entirely voluntary — professional genealogical work is not legally regulated at any level. Familiarity with accreditation systems is important if one seeks to hire a professional genealogist, and is also the first step if one seeks accreditation as a professional. Both organizations maintain directories of accredited individuals, and offer educational resources related to their accreditation processes.
- Board for Certification of Genealogists, Washington, DC. Founded in 1964 by fellows of the American Society of Genealogists, the Board confers the credentials “CG” (Certified Genealogist) and “CGL” (Certified Genealogical Lecturer). It formerly conferred other specialized credentials.
- International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists, Salt Lake City, Utah. Incorporated in 2000, the Commission (“ICapGen”) was created to independently continue an accreditation program begun in 1964 by the Genealogical Society of Utah and administered subsequently by the Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints. ICapGen confers the credential “AG” (Accredited Genealogist).