Below is a rough checklist of requirements for starting the ICAPGen accreditation process (Level 1)…
- The Four Generation Project (including: pedigree chart, family group records, research logs, research report, and key documents [not to mention that sources need to be properly documented with citations, transcriptions/abstracts/extracts, and evaluations]).
- A chosen region to specialize in (example: the Midwest, or Rocky Mountain Region).
- 1000 hours of combined genealogical research including:
- 80 hours researching nationwide records (like census, tax, military records, and etc.).
- 80 hours of research per state in the region of expertise studying local state records (like church records, criminal records, and etc.)
- Review ICAPGen’s “Important Record Types List” for the region of specialization, and have experience using at least 10 document types from that list.
- Experience using 10 different repositories (places where records are kept including websites). Repositories may include courthouses, churches, libraries, Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, and etc.
- Research Binder (optional).
The following list is where I believe SLCC students may lack by the end of the genealogy program (then again each student may have different results):
- 80 hours researching nationwide records: Although SLCC’s genealogy program might get students close to this goal, I feel that my previous research prior to SLCC’s program helped me fulfill these hours.
- 80 hours of research per state in the region of expertise studying local state record: I easily researched over 1500 hours while going through SLCC’s genealogy program, but the main focus in almost every class was to complete the 4 generation project. In other words, I studied the state records where my ancestors lived. Since they only resided in Missouri and Illinois, I was lacking research in the other Midwest (region) states. Although, compiling my research binder helped with these hours, it still wasn’t enough.
- Research Binder: My research Binder was still not completed to my liking by the end of the program Then again, I’m a perfectionist so this may have nothing to do with SLCC’s program. Other student’s may find it easy to complete their binders. On a side-note, by the time I’m finished compiling my research binder I should have completed all the research hours I need in my various states.
The only other thing I want to do before completing my accreditation would be to spend several research sessions at the FamilySearch Library in downtown Salt Lake City. This way I will get a feel for the environment before having a test there.