The first step of a career ladder
Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy recognizes that forensic genealogy is an emerging field. It has caught the interest of both experienced professional genealogists and those considering the field as a profession. However, Forensic Genealogy is an advanced specialty requiring appropriate education, experience, and skills. It is not an entry-level gateway into professional genealogy.
CAFG offers a special Mentor Program as part of its education component. Membership is at the Associate level. The Mentor Program is for experienced professional
Sponsorship by a CAFG Advanced Member in good standing.
Applicants must meet the qualifications for the Mentor Program as more specifically set forth in the most current requirements. Submission of an application that demonstrates genealogical education, training, and experience. The application packet will include the CAFG application form, a professionally prepared client report with full source citations and supporting documentation, and a resume not to exceed two pages. These will be submitted electronically via pdf to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send the fill-able, save-able application as a separate pdf from the rest of your material.
Demonstration of a minimum number of billable hours in genealogical research and reporting for paying clients and a minimum number of forensic cases.
If accepted, the annual enrollment fee may be paid by check, credit card, or PayPal. A limited number of partial scholarships may be available for one-half the enrollment fee for the first year.
Minimum Requirements for Enrollment
- Catherine Desmarais, CG
CAFG offers career ladder recognition. For many, the first step may be our CAFG Mentor Program.
Annual membership in the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy Mentor Program is $100. Some partial scholarships may be available.
Applicants to the CAFG Mentor Program must be sponsored by a member at the Advanced Member level and meet minimum requirements. Members may invite applicants.
Those interested in applying may also contact CAFG to request that a member sponsor their application.
When I started working on forensic genealogy cases, there was no formal path to obtain guidance and training specific to this type of work. I am thrilled to have the opportunity now to learn from such an experienced group of mentors.
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- Provide education and training for professional advancement of membership.
- Assist fellow members in professional development though mentorship, full membership, credentialing, and awarding of fellowships.
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Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy
a professional business league
genealogist with introductory experience in forensic work and a commitment to building forensic genealogy as a field of concentration. This program will allow rising professionals to evaluate their suitability, their goals, and their "fit" within the specialty of forensic genealogy, while receiving
support from experienced mentors and access to CAFG communication and education tools. As enrollees progress, the opportunity exists to develop work experience through guided assignments
from Advanced and Junior level members.
With demonstrated progress, enrollees may apply to the Junior Professional membership level. Enrollees in the special CAFG Mentor Program must abide by the Standards of Practice and Conduct.