The Board for Certification of Genealogists describes genealogy as "the study of families in genetic and historical content." A genealogist is a professional who conducts research of individuals or families to identify ancestry.
There are no formal educational requirements for this occupation and many of these professionals are hobbyists. Most work part-time or are self-employed. The Board for Certification of Genealogists is a professional organisation that offers certification for genealogists.
In September 2010, the Payscale website listed a national average wage between £12.30 and £19.50 per hour for this occupation.
Payscale reported 43 per cent of genealogists have over 20 years of experience. The most popular area for genealogist jobs was reported in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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