Genealogy Consumer Organization
1980 to 1994
International Genealogy Consumer Organization (IGCO) existed from 1980
to 1994. During its existence it served as an all-volunteer free registration
agency for professional genealogists who agreed to adhere to its International
Code of Ethics, while also informed the general public--through its International
Genealogy Consumer Report and related pamphlets and publications--about
issues affecting genealogical consumers worldwide.
In June 1992, IGCO ceased publishing its
International Genealogy Consumer Report. In early 1994, IGCO officials
considered closing down the organization because other genealogical entities
were increasing taking the lead in qualifying and supporting professional
genealogists while also informing the general public about consumer-related
genealogical issues. In June 1994, the costs of maintaining and operating
IGCO exceeded its minimal resources, so IGGO officials closed down the
organization on July 31, 1994.