We would like to introduce you to C. Lynn Andersen, AG®, who earned her accreditation in the U.S. regions of Mid-South, Upper South, and Southeast.

We asked Lynn a few questions about her accreditation process, area of accreditation, and advice for those seeking accreditation. Here is what she shared with us.

What motivated you to pursue accreditation?

I don’t remember the why but I do remember the when. My first interest in accrediting dates back to when the Family History Library (FHL) sponsored the credential. I had only been doing research for a couple of years. That would make it about 1987 or so. I even took the ICAPGenSM test a couple of times while the FHL sponsored it. My region of interest was the Southern States and under the FHL it included fifteen states. Needless to say, I failed both times. I gave up until ICAPGenSM took over the credential and broke the Southern States region into the Mid-South and Gulf-South region. Even with seven states instead of fifteen, I ended up taking some sections multiple times.

What are some challenging or unique aspects of researching in your area of accreditation?

I’m accredited in Mid-South, Upper South and Southeast. Lack of records presents the biggest challenge.

What advice do you have for those pursuing accreditation?

View all of the ICAPGenSM YouTube videos before starting. Follow the “Guide to Applying for an Accredited Genealogist® Credential” closely when preparing your Level 1 Project. Have someone proofread your project.

For Level 2, become familiar with and use as many record types from your region of interest as possible. Practice, practice, practice… transcribing, abstracting or translating documents from your region of interest. Practice creating research plans for various types of documents and questions using a timer set for 15 minutes and include at least five steps, more steps if you can.

For Level 3, practice, practice, practice… research projects in a four-hour time limit. Make sure to include all items discussed in the Guide.

What are some of your goals as a genealogist?

I’m retiring in three to five years from professional work, but I don’t think I will ever stop doing genealogical research.

What research projects are you involved with now, or have planned for the future?

I perform part-time client research, and I’m writing a book titled, My Patriot Ancestors of the American Revolution and Their Stories.

When did you receive your accreditation?


Is there anything else you want to let us know about your genealogy experience or activities?

I volunteer at the FHL as a research specialist for the US & Canada area. Currently, I also volunteer as the ICAPGenSM Testing Committee Chair, but I’m retiring from it at the end of this year.

Learn more about Lynn on her website:

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