The Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives
The Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA) was founded in 1968 to maintain and promote high standards of professional conduct in the field of genealogy and the reporting of historical research. Originally its members were all involved in the profession of genealogy, but more recently applications for membership have been accepted from those engaged in other research disciplines. AGRA welcomes as members all those who can attain these standards and wish to promote this ideal by joining an association that is recognised for its integrity and expertise.
All members agree to abide by a code of practice. This emphasizes the need for a high standard of work and professional ethics as well as for complete confidentiality. There is also a complaints procedure to safeguard both members and clients.
Applicants for membership will usually have had around two years full-time or the equivalent part-time experience in paid research. Alternatively, they might hold a relevant IHGS diploma or an acceptable qualification in a related discipline. There is also an Affiliate Scheme to encourage those who do not consider they are ready to apply for full membership but wish to receive guidance and support from more experienced professionals.
Pharos and AGRA are now working together to produce online courses that will provide skills both for those who have yet to become professional as well as those who are already working as genealogists and historical researchers.