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From: "Joy Rich" <>
Subject: Re: [APG] (no subject)
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2008 00:42:58 -0500
Dee wrote "And there is nothing wrong with having an open membership that includes the guy
who started family research a week ago and joined APG to learn - let's just please not
misrepresent that this person is a professional genealogist because he's lumped into one
membership 'category', 'tier', 'level'."
I agree with Dee that we should have an open membership.
If the guy with one week's worth of experience accepts clients, I believe that situation
can be addressed by Connie Sheets's suggestion: "This leads me to a proposal: why not
require that anyone who lists himself as 'yes,' accepts clients, also provides information
about their genealogy education and experience?"
Chapter Representative, New York Metro Chapter
Association of Professional Genealogists
Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2008 10:18:56 -0800 (PST)
From: Dee Dee King <>
Subject: Re: [APG] Psychology of Tiers; was Jones APGQ article
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Stephen Yautz said:
If APG wants to start having educational and training requirements, then it
must cease as a membership organization and become an organization that
awards credentials, which would be redundant, as BCG and ICAPGEN already do!
Why? How do you make that leap? There are membership organizations all over the world
that have educational and training requirements independent of other credentialing
agencies for their respective fields. APG would NOT be bucking any trend or some
prescribed ruling for membership organizations if it adopted educational and training
"ladders" or "guidelines" or "criteria". It would be taking a step towards aligning
itself more closely with other progressive professions and their professional
I do agree, however, with thinking about the mission. Is APG a professional trade
association? Or is it a genealogy club? And if it is a professional trade association,
there is nothing wrong with defining the terms of the profession, the skill sets of the
profession, the educational or training levels of the profession. And there is nothing
wrong with having an open membership that includes the guy who started family research a
week ago and joined APG to learn - let's just please not misrepresent that this person is
a professional genealogist because he's lumped into one membership "category", "tier",
Folks have complained about feeling discriminated against because they don't earn money
from their genealogy. I'd submit that some discussions on this list play more into that
old buggaboo that genealogy is a noble higher form that should be done for love and that
people who try to earn money from genealogy are somehow bad guys. We ALL do genealogy
because we love it.
Dee Dee King, Certified Genealogist
133 N Friendswood Dr Suite 325
Friendswood TX 77546
Member Association of Professional Genealogists,
Event Coordinator of the Lone Star Chapter.
CG and Certified Genealogist are Service Marks of the
Board for Certification of Genealogists used under
license after periodic evaluations by the Board.
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