== Hiring a Professional Genealogist Resource Guide ==
Hiring a professional genealogist is an excellent way to discover your family roots. If you encounter a challenging research problem, if you lack skills or the time to research, or if travel is a problem, you may benefit from the assistance of an experienced professional. These guidelines can help you find and employ a competent genealogist.
The keys to finding a good genealogist are the same as those for hiring other competent professionals. First, you need some general information about what genealogists do and the services they provide. This information can be found in Part I of this guide. Second, you need to know how to evaluate genealogists and select the right one to hire. This information is found in Part II and III.<br>
== General Information ==
=== Services Provided by Professional Genealogists ===
The services of professional genealogists fall into these categories, with other minor services.
*Finding missing people
== Professional Genealogists ==
Genealogists are generally not required by law to be licensed or certified. However, they can receive credentials from several organizations. Each organization sets its own criteria for granting credentials.
You should also consider other criteria as you make your hiring decision. Most genealogists are self-taught, and many competent genealogists do not seek credentials. Years of education, research experience, and satisfactory service to clients may be just as important as credentials. <br>
=== Credentialing Organizations for Professional Genealogists ===
These organizations required the researchers listed on their website to either through submitted work samples and/or testing to prove competence and experience. These organizations support those they credential in case their is a problem with the research.
*Accredited Genealogist® Researchers are listed in the directory have been reviewed for competency and must agree to a [https://www.icapgen.org/professional-ethics/code-of-ethics/ code of ethics].
=== Organizations Supporting Professional Genealogists ===
The following list of organizations covers most geographical areas of interest and can connect you with genealogy researchers. Any concerns about research performed by a genealogist should be directed back to the organization listing the genealogist and not to FamilySearch.