Saturday, February 06, 2010

ICAPGen Mentoring Classes

The following is from FamilySearch

January 6, 2010
ICAPGen Mentoring Classes
Have you ever thought of becoming an accredited genealogist? While accreditation as a genealogist is not a requirement for serving successfully as a family history consultant, some consultants may have an interest in increasing their genealogical research skills and learning how to become accredited.

We would like to make you aware of mentoring classes sponsored by the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen). These classes are geared to help genealogists choose a research project, prepare an acceptable application, and prepare to take and pass the accreditation exam.

Two different mentoring groups are being offered, one in Utah County and one in Salt Lake County. Both will be taught by Accredited Genealogist® professionals. The groups will meet monthly beginning in January:
·         The Utah County mentoring group will be held at BYU in the Harold B. Lee Library, in the Learning Resource Center on the south end of the fourth floor, room 4826. The group will meet on the second Tuesday of each month from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
·         The Salt Lake County mentoring group will be held at the Family History Library at 35 South West Temple Street, on floor B2 in room B-2. The group will meet on the second Wednesday of each month from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Each of the groups will follow the following basic schedule:

1.    Filling Out The Application; Hours of Experience (local and national areas); Using Repositories
2.    Reference Materials and Document Recognition; State-Specific Research Portfolios; Original Sources; Compiled Sources
3.    Documents: Extract, Transcribe, Translate, and Analyze
4.    History, Geography, Maps, and Transportation
5.    Choosing a Project; Methodology
6.    Online Resources
7.    Evidence and Citations
8.    Pedigree Analysis
9.    Report Writing
10. 1 ½ hour research projects
11. Application Review and Oral Defense
12. Makeup class (if needed)

There is no charge to participate in either mentoring group, and anyone is invited to attend, but space is limited. If you are interested, please e-mail Tristan Tolman, ICAPGen Public Relations, at to reserve a spot. Please provide your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address, and indicate which group you would like to join and the area of research in which you are planning to become accredited (if known).

We anticipate these mentoring groups to be a great success. If you have questions about them, please direct them to Tristan Tolman ( or Kelly Summers (

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