Accredited Genealogists: By the Numbers!

statisticsIn a previous blog post, I crunched the numbers on individuals who certification from the Board for Certification of Genealogists. I thought it would be equally interesting to crunch some numbers related to the “density” of Accredited Genealogists from the International Commission for Accreditation of Professional Genealogists. The identification of AGs is by residence.[1]

If you decide you are interested in sharing this post, please do not copy the data, the bullets or the conclusions but rather link to this site. You are welcome to make your own observations and I would enjoy knowing what you think.

How I gathered the data:

  1. I took a count of all AGs on the website of the International Commission of Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen).[2]
  2. I used the population numbers for the states from the 2010 U.S. census. [3]
  3. To make the results more understandable I based the numbers on 1M people of  the state’s population . To “read” the density numbers and using Utah as an example, 40.52 means there are 40.5 AGs (rounded) for each 1,000,000 people residing in the state of Utah in 2010.

Here are some interesting fun facts:

  1. Thirty-three states have no listed Accredited Genealogists.
  2. It is no surprise that Utah has the most AGs–112. The next two highest are Idaho with 6 and Virginia with five.
  3. The three states that have the highest density of AGs per 1M people are:
  • Utah                  40.52
  • Idaho                   3.82
  • Oregon                1.04
  1. The three states that have the lowest density of AGs per 1,000,000 population and which have at least 1 AG are:
  • Florida          0.0532
  • Ohio              0.0867
  • New York     0.1032
  1. The average number is 2.94 AGs per state (50).
  2. Removing Utah as an “outlier,” the average number of AGs per the remaining 49 states is .714 AGs per 1M population.

It is possible that not all AGs are listed on their website.

Hope you thought this was interesting! I did.

Happy Hunting!


What I have done since the last posting: traveled from Boston Logan to the Denver Airport to our condo outside of Silverthorne, CO. My “office window” (tip of the hat to Judy Russell) is of the Continental Divide. LOTS of snow for December.

[1] Note: AGs can specialize in an area other than where they reside. ICAPGen is a registered trademark.

[2] International Commission for Accreditation of Professional Genealogists, “Find an AG(r) Professional,” ( : accessed 20 December 2016). I clicked on each state noted and counted the numbers of certified individuals listed. Some states were not listed; I assumed their count of AGs was 0. Some states were listed but had no AGs.

[3] US Government, Census Office, “Population Distribution and Change, 2000 to 2010,” ( : accessed 19 December 2016) 2.



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