Frequently Asked Questions

Questions About Research

Can AGRA help me with my family history?

Not directly. However, AGRA does advertise the professional services and research expertise of our Members and Associates. Please select a researcher from the AGRA Directory using the Find a Researcher facility and contact them directly (rather than the Secretary) if you would like to place a commission. If you wish to search for a Member or Associate with a particular research speciality (e.g. Criminal records or Cornwall) then choose the advanced options and geographic specialities. Research Fees vary and there may be different charges for different services.

Why use an AGRA Member/Associate to conduct my research?

Professional genealogists only gain Membership of AGRA after a rigorous review of their knowledge and working practices. Each Member and Associate gives a pledge to abide by the best working Code of Practice and is required to maintain a Continuous Professional Development thus ensuring they keep abreast of new developments in the field of genealogy. In the unlikely event of a breakdown of the relationship between you and our Member or Associate, AGRA operates an arbitration service.

Can you help me find a researcher outside of England & Wales?

This is best done by approaching the organization similar to AGRA in the country you are interested in. For example:

However not all countries have an equivalent professional organisation in which case you can search to find local genealogists though these will not necessarily be recognized by any professional body.

Questions About Membership

What do I need to do to become a Member/Associate of AGRA?

To become a Member or Associate you should be operating, or intending to operate, a genealogical research service using English or Welsh records, for which fees will be charged. You will also need to meet the standards of research and professional services that AGRA seeks to promote. Qualifications, services advertised and a portfolio of work carried out for clients are taken into consideration as part of the assessment process. You may also be required to attend an interview with our Board of Assessors. To find out more information or to apply please see our Joining AGRA section.

What are the benefits of AGRA membership?

The first and foremost benefit is the recognition that you apply the very highest professional standards as an accredited genealogist. There are other benefits like networking, a web presence to gain new work, a newsletter and some commercial discounts. For further details see our Benefits of Joining page.

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