Currently, I'm working toward becoming an Accredited Genealogist (an A.G.). This credential is given from the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen). I feel so lucky to turn my love of family history into a career!
My mother was the one who sparked my interest in Family History. I was raised with this information in my home, so my curiosity grew naturally with time, and I soon found my self a hobbyist. However, it was my grandmother who brought it to my attention that I could be a professional genealogist...
Finally, my grandmother came to me and asked, "Sarah, you love genealogy right?" "Yes," I replied. "Well why don't you do that for a living?" I was dumbfounded. I tried to protest that genealogical work wasn't a career, but my grandmother was persistent. She continued to express that it was a viable career choice and that she had personally known a successful genealogist. My grandmother mentioned the people she knew who wanted to go to school to become professional genealogists, and she even showed me a newspaper article with statistics about how the field is to grow exponentially over the next few years (including more job opportunities).
In the end, I was finally convinced that becoming a professional genealogist was the right path for me. However, I didn't know where to start. What did I need to do to become a professional and what educational options were open to me? After much research, I decided to get a certificate in genealogy from Salt Lake Community College (SLCC).
(NOTE: a similar post can be found in the "About" section of my website.)