Announcing the Register of Qualified Genealogists

The following announcement was written by the Register for Qualified Genealogists:

On the 31st of December 2015 the Register for Qualified Genealogists was incorporated at Companies House, London as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee.

Yesterday, the 9th of February, the Register was launched by its website going live at www.qualifiedgenealogists.org. That now enables qualified genealogists to apply for membership and potential clients to contact them.

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This is an important, even historic, step in the evolution of genealogical and family history practice. It means that it will now be possible to create a Register of those in our local and international communities who have advanced qualifications relevant to the field. It will also provide recognition for those holders of qualifications irrespective of the specialist areas in which they practise, whether they be archivists, family tree developers, probate researchers, legal advisors, media commentators, authors, teachers, palaeographers, heraldic specialists or exponents in any other area where genealogical and family history expertise is needed. They will be identified by the post-nominal – QG.

The Register will also accept student members who are currently studying for one of the recognised qualifications.

The Register will provide a choice to members of the public and business concerns seeking advice and research support and who wish to have the assurance of a defined and accredited level of capability matched with significant expertise. This is backed by a strong Professional Code, clear Objectives to serve the genealogical community and a sound legally-incorporated presence.

The background to this initiative is the emergence in the past decade, from major educational institutions, of advanced qualifications in the discipline of genealogy and family history.

Already experienced practitioners have had the opportunity to engage in study at post-graduate level towards new qualifications such as post-graduate Diplomas and Masters degrees. Students on these programmes have enhanced their experience by learning how to overlay a systematic approach to their work, apply constructive criticism and logical analysis to their findings, expand their horizons and investigations to take in evidence from all aspects and eras of the research field, and to exploit latest technology in support of their efforts. Several hundred of these rounded individuals have graduated in recent years and are now in practice. Several dozen others are emerging each year to add to this pool of highly capable practitioners.

The Register will provide an outlet to showcase this talent pool.

Our website, at www.qualifiedgenealogists.org, provides further details of the Objects of the Company, our Professional Code, the nature of appropriate, acceptable qualifications and the full Articles of Association of the Company.

You can contact us through the website if you wish to join the Register, or if you simply want more information.

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I wonder what has prompted the formation of this body. I see that its website names four members, and that they do not appear in any of the categories of member of either the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives or the Association of Scottish Genealogists and Researchers in Archives, although all four are in Great Britain. Its membership requirements differ from those of the two established bodies, being more demanding in formal qualification and less so in experience. I could not compare the codes of practice, as the link on its website does not work.

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“This is an important step in genealogy becoming a recognised, all-qualified profession and an accepted academic discipline.” Important to whom? Recognised by whom? Accepted by whom? I note the Board of Directors info neglects to mention that its members were/are all Strathclyde University tutors – why no representation from the IHGS or he University of Dundee, whose qualifications are also apparently accepted for this new club. Strathclyde University was there to educate me, and it is the postgraduate qualifications that I obtained from it that mark me out as being partially qualified as a genealogist, along with a lot of experience – not some elitist register that excludes many of those the university has already educated to its own postgraduate certificate level. If it wasn’t accepted as an academic discipline, the courses would not be taught in the first place, though I’ve always thought the benefit of the courses was vocational, not academic. As to how important the register is, that’s for others to judge, but I am certainly happy for Strathclyde’s qualifications to speak for themselves. More post-nominals do not an experienced genealogist make!

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Jeremy Wilkes and Chris Paton make some good points. Some might also say that an organisation that can’t get the date right in its own press release might not have the right credentials for the role that it plans to take on.

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