"The 1940 census records were released by the US National Archives April 2, 2012, and brought online through a partnership with Archives.com. This website allows you full access to the 1940 census images, in addition to 1940 census maps and descriptions."
This Family History website from the BBC includes tips on how to get started with your genealogy project, what to do with the next steps of your research, and a timeline tool to help you figure out what your ancestors might have been doing throughout history. This site has many links to British genealogy resources.
The mission of the Board for Certification of Genealogists is "To foster public confidence in genealogy as a respected branch of history by promoting an attainable, uniform standard of competence and ethics among genealogical practitioners, and by publicly recognizing persons who meet that standard."