For the first time in almost two years, I don’t have any homework. I am taking the summer off from classes at BYU-Idaho and it feels so good. So now I find myself with an incredible amount of time on my hands and rather than sit back and relax, I have decided to start preparing myself for accreditation with The International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen). I have decided to begin with specialization in the United States MidWest region, this includes the states of; Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
I have begun preparations by focusing on one state at a time for a total of two weeks. I going to learn as much as I can about the important record types of that state as well as when they began keeping vital records. I also need to become familiar with the repositories in each state and have an understanding of jurisdictional boundary changes. It seems overwhelming but if I take it one state at a time I think I will do just fine.
How about, have you received or attempted to acquire credentials as a professional genealogist? If so, what advice do you have on preparing for the process?