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Subject: Re: [TGF] Ideal Client Request Information
Date: Sat, 5 Jun 2010 18:26:46 -0500
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>Here's a quote from that page: "Only those disciplines with a direct
correlation to an individuals work as a professional genealogist will be
>I'm almost afraid to ask what would be considered directly correlated, but
since I'm on the verge of ordering business cards, I think I better!
Malissa, that one sentence you flagged does need to be more-clearly worded.
The Credential Guidelines, as a whole, apply to the profession as a whole.
However, that one sentence that was added in the course of the 2008
updating, seems to have been designed to explain APGs policy for listing in
the APG directory; but the revision doesnt explain where those disciplines
will be listed. (Just now, out of curiosity, I checked the current
directory and it seems omits all academic degrees, although some individuals
note theirs in their bios.)
For your business card, Id follow the rest of the advice in that paragraph,
which reflects the convention APG has promoted since the guidelines were
adopted about 15 years ago:
"Associate, bachelor, or postgraduate degrees awarded to the individual on
the basis of academic achievement and completion of degree requirements by
an accredited college or university. Such degrees will be followed by the
discipline in which the degree was awarded. For example, B.A. (Hist.) or
This practice lets consumers---and fellow practitioners---decide for
themselves whether or not our degree is relevant.
One other convention also shapes the manner in which degrees are used as
postnominals. Within most professional fields in the U.S., bachelor-level
degrees are almost never cited (essentially, they're assumed to be a minimum
qualification); degrees used as postnominals are usually graduate degrees.
Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG
[and B.A. (Hist.), which I don't bother to cite, given that it's not a
graduate degree <g>]
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