What is Genealogical Certification?
Become a Certified Genealogist®
Why Hire a BCG Associate?

Incorporated in 1964, BCG is an independent, not-for-profit certifying body that is nationally and internationally recognized. BCG promotes ethics and standards through its certification program and publications. These publications include Genealogy Standards; The BCG Application Guide; OnBoard, its newsletter; and SpringBoard, its blog. BCG also promotes ethics and standards through skillbuilding lectures at national conferences, through seminars, and through webinars.

Certification results from evaluation of work samples in a portfolio submission. For each certification category, BCG requires different materials. Applicants are evaluated on standards for documenting, standards for researching, and standards for writing. Three to four evaluators independently assess each application. Certification says a practitioner has met the rigorous standards for knowledge and competence of the field.

612, 2017

Rachal Mills Lennon, CG, Elected Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists

The Board for Certification of Genealogists extends its congratulations to Board-certified genealogist Rachal Mills Lennon of Tennessee on her election as a Fellow of the […]

2910, 2017

Associates in Action

Associates in Action highlights BCG associates’ news, activities, and accomplishments. Contact Alice Hoyt Veen to include your news in an upcoming post. Awards & Achievements Rachal Mills Lennon, […]

1910, 2017

BCG Trustee News

The trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) met in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 7 October 2017. Five candidates were elected to […]

1610, 2017

“CG®” Officially Registered with U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

News Release 16 October 2017 – Board for Certification of Genealogists®“CG®” Officially Registered with U.S. Patent and Trademark OfficeThe Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) […]