For genealogists

Benefits of RQG membership

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RQG sets the bar high for entry to membership. Membership and the post-nominal, QG, are signs of achievement that cannot be matched by any other organisation. Recognition is, therefore, assured.

Members become readily identifiable through their use of the QG post-nominal and are further badged by their use of their personal RQG email addresses.

Members can be found on the website by potential clients using the full search facilities it offers. Each member can complete their personal profile and can specify what types of work they undertake and what special skills they can offer.

In practical terms the RQG will promote the presence and availability of qualified genealogists. This will be done through the website, by advertising in the genealogical press, and by providing leaflets and marketing materials for use at genealogical events and at local libraries and archives.

As a Member you become part of a remarkable community and we make it easy for you to interact, learn and gain from that community.

Members can share experiences, team up with each other and generally interact on the RQG Forum.

As membership grows and members become fully involved in the running of the RQG the organisation will evolve and expand. Learning and social events will follow. Appearances at Who Do You Think You Are Live and local Family History Society events are likely. Establishing a presence beyond the UK is a significant aim. RQG also aims to encourage other educational establishments to set up similar high-level courses to add to the pool of qualifications that can be recognised.

RQG intends to launch an online peer-reviewed journal of genealogical studies. This will allow members an outlet for their research and provide international recognition for original work they are undertaking. Nothing like this exists at present to serve the needs of genealogical researchers.

RQG offers two forms of membership:

Member – entitled to use the QG post-nominal, maintain a profile on this site and are corporate members of RQG;

Students – enjoy many of the benefits of members, but are not corporate members, nor entitled to use the QG post-nominal or maintain a profile.

To become a Member it is essential that you have graduated with the relevant Diploma or Masters degree from IHGS, University of Dundee or University of Strathclyde.

To become a Student you must be currently taking one of the qualifying courses.

Qualifications and types of membership